"All the world's a stage,
and all the men and women merely players:
They have their exits and their entrances;
and one man in his time plays many parts."

-William Shakespeare
(from As You Like It)

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Ryan Case
Robert Dahl
Erin Downey
Adrian Flores
Warren Friedrich
John Hurles
Cristina Horvath
Tammy Klein
Jenny Lobb
James Ommert
Andrew Ramage
Amanda Russell
Janet Schill
Charlene Scott
Janet Syvret
Lis Therkildsen
Frieda Verbaenen
Steve Warnek
Robert E. Wood
Anthony Wynn


In his career, Barry Morse performed Merely Players live in cities throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom from 1959 to 2004. His live performances of the one-man stage show has ranged from a tight 60 to 70 minute show with no intermission, to a full two hour show with intermission performed in a theatrical setting with full professional stage lighting and sound accompaniment. Barry played over a dozen separate characters, three of them women, performed two musical numbers, and always left the audience wanting more.

His tour de force presentation examined the lives of a series of actors and others from Elizabethan times up to the present. From moving and heartfelt to comedic, Merely Players literally ran the gamut of human emotion. It also included several vignettes from the life and career of "mere player" himself, Barry Morse.

Program cover from the Canadian tour of Merely Players

Brochure from Performing Arts Lodge performance in Toronto

"A winner... Master raconteur...
Player Morse is merely masterly."

—The Toronto Sun


"Engrossing and richly rewarding... A labor of love,
put together by a consummate actor... in every way,
a remarkable performance."

—The Boston Globe

Rehearsal of Merely Players in Eugene, Oregon


Looking for a stage piece that he could perform for benefits and fundraisers, Barry in 1959 debuted Merely Players on stage for the first time in Boston, Massachusetts. He later performed the show in New York in 1965 (during the height of The Fugitive craze) and in other venues for various causes and concerns, as well as for fundraising for local and repertory theater companies in the U.S. and Canada. However, Merely Players in its current form coalesced in 1986 when Barry decided to use the piece on a nationwide tour of Canada to raise both publicity and funds for the Performing Arts Lodges of Canada, retirement centers for performers – actors, singers, dancers, and others – connected to the performing arts. In the 1990s and into the 2000s, Barry performed the show on a number of occasions to raise both funds and awareness for several Parkinson's disease treatment and research organizations, The Royal Theatrical Fund, and other causes.


"Held his listeners spellbound... a great raconteur."
-Victoria, B.C. Times

"Delicious... delightfully informal...
a wonderfully generous performance."

- London, Ontario Free Press

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