Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog

This Week at MRT – 12-19-08


Andrea Cirie (left) & Anderson Matthews (right) Photo by Denny Crosby

Andrea Cirie (left) & Anderson Matthews (right) Photo by Denny Crosby

Rehearsals on MRT’s next show, A View of the Harbor, began on Tuesday with a meet and greet. Held at our Bagshaw Mills rehearsal hall, it was a chance for the administrative staff, creative staff and the actors to introduce themselves to one another. Afterwards, cast and crew got down to business, discussing the design of the set and having a read-through of the script.


A View of the Harbor is the 200th production in MRT’s history, and was written by Richard Dresser. Dresser is a local playwright, having grown up in Holden, MA, and is familiar to many of our audience members. Several of his plays have been performed at MRT over the years, including Rounding Third, and the two other plays in Dresser’s series on happiness in America, Augusta and Pursuit of Happiness.  


Director Charles Towers shared his thoughts on Dresser, saying “I think there is a direct line from Mark Twain through James Thurber to Richard Dresser today; American satirists who use their sharp wit to dissect the idiosyncrasies of the American character. Rick has his fingers on the pulse of America, and he taps out its beat with his fingers on a keyboard.  The fact that Rick grew up in Holden, Massachusetts (just outside of Worcester) gives him a ‘native son’ status that fits particularly well with MRT’s commitment to selecting and producing contemporary plays of relevance.”


The all Equity company for A View of the Harbor includes Kyle Fabel (Nick), Andrea Cirie (Kathryn), Stephanie Fieger (Paige) and Anderson Matthews (Daniel). Cirie, Fieger, and Matthews are all making their MRT debut, while Fabel returns for what will be his fifth time on stage. Fabel will also be directing the next show at MRT, Tranced, something he has done twice previously. Cirie and Matthews will be reprising the roles they played in the World Premiere of A View of the Harbor at the Contemporary American Theater Festival in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.


In other news, the Andover Townsman ran a story about Joan Johnson, who was the lucky purchaser of MRT’s 1 millionth ticket.


Just in case I don’t get the chance to blog next week, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays!




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