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Bad Dates Shoe Drive and Wall Street Journal Review

Merrimack Repertory Theatre is proud to announce a partnership with Community Teamwork’s SuitAbility program for a shoe and shoe box drive for the upcoming MRT production of Bad Dates. In Bad Dates, Haley Walker is a single mom and successful business owner living in New York City. She is obsessed with shoes, and claims to have over 600 pairs in her closet. To help complete her collection, MRT will hold a shoe and shoe box drive during the run of Tranced, which runs February 12 – March 8. Donated shoes and shoe boxes will be used in the production of Bad Dates, and then donated to SuitAbility. SuitAbility is a Lowell-based charity that provides interview and work clothing to low-income women. New or gently worn women’s dress shoes may be dropped off at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, 50 East Merrimack Street in Downtown Lowell between February 12 and March 8. 

The following is a list of brands needed for the shoe drive: Chanel, Nine West, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, and any other shoes from a notable designer or high-end department store.  Shoe boxes for these brands are also needed.  While they may not be used in the production, MRT will also collect other brands of new or gently used women’s dress shoes.

After Bad Dates closes on April 12, all of the shoes collected in the drive will be donated to SuitAbility. SuitAbility is a program of Community Teamwork, Inc. created to enhance the marketability of economically challenged women. SuitAbility provides free employment related services such as interview/work clothing and employment/life skill workshops to low-income women.

Bad Dates is currently playing in Lenox, MA, with Elizabeth Aspenlieder starring as Haley Walker. Her performance was recently reviewed by Terry Teachout, theatre critic for the Wall Street Journal. Teachout calls Aspenlieder “a splendid stage comedienne,” who “has miraculously contrived to turn Ms. Rebeck’s modest little show into a poignant slice of urban life that also happens to be drop-dead funny.” Read the full review online, and don’t miss Elizabeth when she joins us for Bad Dates, playing March 19 – April 12.

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Excellent site, keep up the good work

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