"It is not a traditional space for theater, but this works with what we're doing," Nunns said. "The idea behind the company is that it combines DIY and the youthful energy that exists in Baltimore and massage that with a more traditional theater approach. Being in a regular theater would not exactly be right for us. This feels like going to church, which is cool."
"One of the things that's cool about the piece is that it so specific to this space," Scally said. "I can't imagine how you would make this in a regular theater."
Not that the collaborators would be interested in taking the play outside Baltimore, or even outside St. Mark's. The two-week performance run, which ends Saturday, is all that is planned.
"When I worked on a play with Lola before, we gave out a CD of the music, but that's against the point a little bit," Scally said.
He doesn't intend to record the music for "Office Ladies." Pierson doesn't intend to preserve the show on video, and audience members will be discouraged from sneaking footage of the performances.
"It's cool that the play exists in a specific room," Pierson said, "The room itself has an atmosphere that can't be documented. And these songs will exist only here. As we become more engaged with our [hand-held electronic] devices, that [sense] is going away more and more."
Added Scally: "I like that this is not a big production you can just shift from city to city. I love anything that can exist in only one place in time."
If you go
"Office Ladies" will be performed at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul St. Go to theacmecorporation.com.