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The first full-length play by Spenser Davis
World Premiere: The New Colony. Chicago. Fall 2016.

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“Merge” is a really great play. If I worked for a Hollywood studio, I’d option this thing right now.
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

In 1976, Atari was the fastest growing company in the history of the United States, an arcade manufacturer with a workplace fueled by pot smoking, jacuzzi parties and nobody wearing socks. When they're forced to sell themselves to Warner Bros. to stay afloat, they quickly realize that corporate cash comes with baggage. Exhibit A? They have to start wearing socks. MERGE is the story of a small band of programmers who stand up and fight back against the very company that saved them from bankruptcy, in a battle that threatens to crash an entire industry.

Davis’s fast-moving script draws his characters in bold silhouettes and with bright colors... It’s basically The Social Network’s goofy, stoner cousin.
— Alex Huntsberger, TimeOut Chicago
Spenser Davis’s new play
tells the tale in formidable, often fascinating
detail...
— Tony Adler, Chicago Reader
One of those fascinating tech yarns very much in the wheelhouse of “Steve Jobs” and “The Social Network,” except that “Merge” is not about the triumph of the megalomaniacal ascendant genius, but a sadder morality tale of how the old-media powers of corporate America killed the thing they so desperately needed to transform themselves. Thus sowing the seeds of their own destruction.
— Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune