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‘Larger than life’: Adobe Theater presents ‘The Twelve Dates of Christmas’ in taped broadcasts

Merritt Glover plays Mary in “The Twelve Dates of Christmas.”

Between the noshing and the nostalgia, Mary catches her fiance cheating on her at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

She spirals through a year’s worth of hapless holidays and luckless romances amid the quirky characters comprising her family.

The Adobe Theater is presenting “The Twelve Dates of Christmas” in taped broadcasts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18 and Saturday, Dec. 19; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at adobetheater.org.

Honed to a sometimes profanity-laced edge, playwright Ginna Hoben designed the show to resonate with any woman who has had her heart pulverized.

New Mexico native Merritt Glover stars as Mary. With 35 theater and 37 film and TV roles, Glover boasts credits in “Breaking Bad,” “Get Shorty,” “Longmire,” “Interrogation,” “The KId,” and “The Condemned 2.” She most recently appeared in West End Productions’ “Under Milkwood.”

Glover juggles her way through 12 to 15 characters in the play.

“‘It’s a little broader than the film work I do,” she said. “It can be very challenging. It’s very difficult not to have somebody on the show to lean on.

“You put more affectations on for the characters. They’re supposed to be larger than life in this piece.”

Glover saw the “Breaking Bad” pilot after she moved to Portland, Oregon, to join its theater scene.

“I said, ‘Oh, my God, I just left the biggest thing that happened in my own back yard.”

Soon she won the role of stand-in for Anna Gunn, who played Skyler White, after dyeing her hair blonde. She kept auditioning, and was finally cast as a car wash customer near the series’ end.

“It was a master class in film,” she said. “I am so fortunate to know Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn and Bob Odenkirk,” she said.

In “The Twelve Dates of Christmas,” Glover plays an Everywoman trying to negotiate the family madness that follows her breakup. It all cycles through the next year’s Christmas.

The play came to Glover amid the virtual shutdown of TV and film production due to the pandemic.

“Filming has shut down a lot of the projects I was on,” she said. “It’s starting to trickle back, but not like it was before.”

Glover has managed to stay afloat, thanks to unemployment benefits and through Zoom readings.

A member of the film tech’s union, Glover also works in set design, craft service, props and wardrobe.

“Things are coming back slowly,” she said. “It’s a blessing just to get an audition.”

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