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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Announcing Merrimack Rep's 2011-2012 Season!

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2011-2012 Season Announce


 2011-2012 SEASON





Merrimack Repertory Theatre Artistic Director Charles Towers announced today the productions that will make up the company's 33rd Season of producing professional theatre for audiences in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. Merrimack Rep's 2011-2012 Season will feature seven productions of contemporary works by American authors running from September through May.  Subscriptions for the 2011-2012 Season are on sale now through the box office at 978.654.4MRT.

Opening the 2011-2012 Season is The Persian Quarter by Kathleen Cahill, an invigorating drama about the power words have to overcome cultural differences. Next up is the touching portrayal of the great American poet Robert Frost, This Verse Business by A.M. Dolan. For the holiday season, the Reduced Shakespeare Company® returns with their newest creation, a yet to be titled Christmas show. 2012 opens with the moving 1943 romantic comedy, The Voice of the Turtle by John Van Druten. In February, MRT mounts its first musical in four seasons with Daddy Long Legs, book by Tony Award winner John Caird, music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, based on the novel by Jean Webster. Following Daddy Long Legs will be the witty and insightful comedy Mrs. Whitney by John Kolvenbach, about a 60-year old woman with a unique sense of romance. Concluding the season will be Ghost-Writer by Michael Hollinger.  


Artistic Director Charles Towers, now entering his 11th season at Merrimack Rep, stated, "There can be no doubt that our country is living through turbulent times, both at home and abroad.  Perhaps it has always been thus.  But I felt very strongly this year that now was the time to hear a variety of American voices along the American journey.  There is no political position here.  But we have been a nation of thinkers and dreamers; a nation of writers willing to explore our unique character, in all of its manifestations.  These plays inspire hope, even as they remind us of our shared past.  This season is like every other at MRT:  unique unto itself, and as universal as the human heart; another contribution to an ongoing journey of understanding ourselves and others."



"Voices along the American Journey..."


by Kathleen Cahill

September 15 - October 9, 2011

In a land rich with history, two women are thrown together by a diplomatic crisis. Thirty years later, a chance encounter by their daughters leads to revelations of a shared past. An invigorating drama about the power words have to reveal truths as well as hide them, and ultimately to bridge a cultural divide. 

"'The Persian Quarter' weaves history and culture with Persian magic" - The Salt Lake Tribune

by A. M. Dolan

October 20 - November 13, 2011

An illuminating portrait of the great American poet Robert Frost, looking back on his life's work and the changes America underwent in the first half of the 20th century. Told in Frost's folksy yet penetrating style, this one-man play is full of poetry, wit and "promises to keep."

"Charming" - Nashua Telegraph

The Reduced Shakespeare Company ® in
A Yet To Be Titled Christmas Show (abridged)

by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor
November 25 - December 18, 2011

Having reduced the history of America, the Bible, the world of sports and more,
the three fruitcakes of the Reduced Shakespeare Company return to MRT to take you on an irreverent but heartwarming trip through the holidays and Christmas will never quite be the same.


"Inspired! Smart, timely satire." Washington Post

by John Van Druten

January 5 - January 29, 2012

In this lovely, fresh and surprisingly-modern 1943 romantic comedy about single life and sexual yearning in wartime Manhattan, a serviceman on leave finds himself without a date or a place to stay, only to accidently arrive at the apartment of a wide-eyed young actress.

"Fresh, warm and funny" - Talkin' Broadway

Book by John Caird
Music and Lyrics by Paul Gordon

Based on the novel by Jean Webster
February 9 - March 4, 2012


A beautiful new musical from the co-director of Les Miserables and the creators of Jane Eyre. In this coming-of-age story set in 1912 New England, a young woman is given the opportunity to escape the orphanage she grew up in when an anonymous benefactor spots her potential and pays her way to attend university, as long as his identity remains a secret. 

"Like a breath of spring" - NY Times



by John Kolvenbach

March 15 - April 8, 2012


A candid portrait of a 60-year old woman with an idiosyncratic sense of romance.  Mrs. Whitney seeks a cure for loneliness by tracking down her ne'er-do-well ex-husband, an irresponsible mess she kicked out over 20 years ago, sending her on an odyssey of surprising and sharply-funny encounters.      


"'Mrs. Whitney' engages the audience to laugh at the foibles of love in the real world while it dangles you dangerously above the jaws of heartbreak." - StarkSilverCreek.com



by Michael Hollinger

April 19 - May 13, 2012


When a famous novelist dies before finishing his masterwork, his devoted secretary completes the story on her own. Is she perpetrating a fraud, or does her insistent claim that she continues to receive his dictation after his passing hold some truth? 


"A lovely and stirring drama about the written word and the emotions it can provoke." -Talkin' Broadway




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In an underground vault in the war-torn city of Paris, a singular conflict takes place between an enigmatic female officer from the Ministry of Culture and the world famous painter, Pablo Picasso, in Jeffrey Hatcher's suspense-filled drama A Picasso, directed by Charles Towers, at Merrimack Repertory Theater, April 21 - May 15. Confronted by an adversary every bit his equal, Picasso must use all of his skills at charm, negotiation and manipulation in an effort to save his work, and possibly his own life. Featuring Mark Zeisler and Kate Udall. Tickets are on sale now and available online at www.MerrimackRep.org or by  calling 978.654.4MRT.




 Availability Key:
Good - Limited - Very Limited


 Thursday, April 21 at 7:30pm 

Friday, April 22  at 8:00pm 

Saturday, April 23 at 8:00pm 

Sunday, April 24 at 2:00pm 

Sunday, April 24 at 7:00pm 

Wednesday, April 27 at 2:00pm 

Wednesday, April 27 at 7:30pm 

Thursday, April 28 at 7:30pm 

Friday, April 29 at 8:00pm 

Saturday, April 30 at 4:00pm 

Saturday, April 30 at 8:00pm 

Sunday, May 1 at 2:00pm 

Sunday, May 1 at 7:00pm 

Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30pm 

Thursday, May 5 at 7:30pm 

Friday, May 6 at 8:00pm 

Saturday, May 7 at 4:00pm 

Saturday, May 7 at 8:00pm 

Sunday, May 8 at 2:00pm 

Sunday, May 8 at 7:00pm 

Wednesday, May 11 at 7:30pm 

Thursday, May 12 at 7:30pm 

Friday, May 13 at 8:00pm 

Saturday, May 14 at 4:00pm 

Saturday, May 14 at 8:00pm 

Sunday, May 15 at 2:00pm 


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$5 OFFOrder tickets to Merrimack Rep's upcoming production of A Picasso by Jeffrey Hatcher online at www.MerrimackRep.org by April 21st and save $5 off each full priced adult ticket.

Enter the promo code: PIC5OFF at checkout. Promo code is case sensitive.

Offer Expires: 4/21/11. Cannot be combined with any other discount.


Don't miss a single show! On sale now, MRT offers subscription packages to fit every lifestyle and budget. With season subscription packages ranging from $46-$273, all subscriptions offer deep discounts off the single ticket prices as well as exclusive subscriber-only benefits, including free parking, restaurant and theatre discounts, lost ticket insurance and free, unlimited ticket exchanges. Individual ticket sales for the 2011-2012 Season begin August 9, 2011. For season or subscription information, call 978.654.4MRT (4678), or visit www.merrimackrep.org.


Choose from the following subscription packages.


Our most popular package, the Full Season package gives you guaranteed first priority seating and the same seats for your day and time throughout the entire season. Remember you can always exchange if you need to come another time.


CUSTOM SEASON - 6, 5, 4 or 3 Plays

Select only the plays you want. Customize a subscription of 3 to 6 plays and choose a fixed date and time. You'll receive the best seats available for each show in your designated seating section.



Attend any play in the season with your tickets and use the tickets in any combination - 1 ticket to 7 shows for yourself or bring 6 friends with you to 1 show. Receive all the benefits of subscribing and the flexibility of a single ticket purchase but at a lower price.


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 April 30, 9AM-1PM


Explore the exciting possibilities before us while honoring the rich stories that  make each of us unique.  In this ongoing group we will use art, drama, visualization and mindfulness practices to set personal and professional goals and expand the scope and depth of your creativity. The group experience will encourage you to trust your intuition, take action, and be more engaged and spontaneous - the very soul of creativity! 


Jean Winslow is an artist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor who is also a Registered Art Therapist, Certified Psychodrama Trainer, Educator and Practitioner and Certified EMDR practitioner. 


Held at Merrimack Repertory Theatre's Rehearsal Hall at Bagshaw Mills, 132 Warren St. Lowell, MA. Registration fee is $50. To register  contact Jean Winslow at 978-455-2236 or jeanwinslow@msn.com

For tickets or more information, visit
or call 978.654.4678

 Lowell Cooperative Bank is the proud sponsor of the 2010-2011 Season 

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Merrimack Repertory Theatre | 132 Warren Street | Lowell | MA | 01852

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