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Merrimack Repertory Theatre is proud to announce the cast and creative team of the upcoming production of Fabuloso, A Play by John Kolvenbach, running January 7-31, 2010 and directed by Kyle Fabel.

The all-Equity cast of Fabuloso features Jeremiah Wiggins, Rebecca Harris, Ed Jewett and Amy Kim Waschke. Jeremiah Wiggins has previously appeared in Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s The Art of Sacrifice (2004) and Something in the Air (2005), while Rebecca Harris appeared in 2008’s The Missionary Position. Fellow cast members Amy Kim Waschke and Ed Jewett, a graduate of Chelmsford High School, make their Merrimack Rep debuts.

In Fabuloso, Teddy and Kate are living a quiet existence in their one-bedroom apartment, until Teddy’s long lost friend, Arthur, appears out of the blue, with his fiancée, Samantha, in tow. Can Arthur’s carefree lifestyle jolt Teddy & Kate out of their marital doldrums? The play is a screwball comedy of living life to the fullest.

Returning as a director for the third time at Merrimack Rep, Kyle Fabel states, “As a director, I’m often asked to find plays that have two elusive qualities: humor and heart. In a time when a huge majority of good new scripts are dark comedies, it’s particularly hard to find a play that incorporates BOTH of these assets.  Fabuloso is that rare play.  It made me laugh out loud.  John Kolvenbach is writing the best new American comedies.”

Playwright John Kolvenbach is the author of Goldfish, Mrs. Whitney, Love Song, on an average day, Gizmo Love, and FabulosoLove Song went on to the West End, where it was

Ed Jewett

nominated for the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. Kolvenbach’s works have been performed all over the world, including productions in Rome, Sydney, Wellington, Seoul, Melbourne, Tel Aviv, and in many theatres in the US.

The production’s creative staff includes Kyle Fabel (director), Deb Newhall (costume design), Campbell Baird (set design), and Paul Hackenmueller (lighting design). Kyle Fabel has an extensive history with Merrimack Rep as both an actor and director. In 2008-2009, he appeared in A View of the Harbor, and directed Tranced. He has also appeared in The Homecoming, Boy Gets Girl, Three Days of Rain and Aunt Dan & Lemon, and directed The Four of Us and Trying. Deb Newhall was the costume designer for The Seafarer earlier this season, as well as past MRT productions such as Bad Dates, Skylight and The Pursuit of Happiness. Campbell Baird worked as the scenic designer for Tranced last season, and lighting designer Paul Hackenmueller makes his debut at Merrimack Rep.

Amy Kim Waschke

Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 2009-2010 Season is sponsored by Lowell Cooperative Bank.  Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. 


ED JEWETT (Arthur) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: debut. New York: 1965UU, Chocolate Factory; La Tempestad, Resonance Ensemble; Moo!, Manhattan Theatre Source; Thom Pain, DR2 Theatre; Below the Belt, City Theatre Company; Of Mice and Men, Oberon Theater Ensemble; Uncle Vanya, Chekhov Now Festival; Enrico IV, Crackwalker; NYU Grad Director’s Lab; Tea and Bedlam, Theater for the New City.  Regional:Other People’s Money, New Century Theatre; Ying Tong: A Walk with the Goons, The Wilma Theater; The Best Man, New Jersey Repertory Company.  Film: Noise, Seven Arts Pictures; World Trade Center, Paramount; The Night Listener, Miramax; The Notorious Bettie Page, HBO/Killer Films; Waltzing Anna, Social Grace.  Upcoming films: Cedar Rapids, Wall Street 2,>20th Century Fox; Going The Distance, New Line Cinema; The Winning Season, Lionsgate.  Television:Mercy, New Amsterdam, FOX; John Adams, HBO Films; The Bronx is Burning, ESPN Miniseries; Law & Order and All My ChildrenEducation: BA, Theatre at University of Massachusetts Amherst; Chelmsford High School.  Other: He is a proud member of Chelmsford High School’s Class of 1985.  

Rebecca Harris (Kate) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: The Missionary Position.  Off-Broadway: LIFEGAME and Enter the NightOff-Off-Broadway: True Crimes, Gint!, American Silents, B & G, Voyage of the CarcassRegional: The Play About the Baby, The Alley Theatre; Mother Teresa is Dead, The Missionary Position, Mezzulah-1946, A Picasso, Fiction, String of Pearls, City Theatre; Scramble, Westport Country Playhouse; Centennial Casting, Virginia Stage Company; The Exonerated, The Birthday Party, The Real Thing, Pittsburgh Playhouse; Bad Dates, TheatreSquared; Frame 312, Alliance Theatre; Last Chance for a Slow Dance, New York Stage and Film Company.  Television: Three Rivers, Life on the Line, Sex and the City, Law & OrderFilm: Unstoppable, Road , How to Lose a Guy in 10 DaysEducation: M.F.A., Columbia University in New York. 

Amy Kim Waschke (Samantha) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: debut.  Off-Broadway/New York: Living Dead in Denmark, Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company; The Water Station, Pacific Performance Project; Grief, Manhattan Theatre Source/Estrogenius Festival.  Upcoming show for March 2010: Alice in Slasherland, Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company.  Regional: Somebody/Nobody, Arizona Theatre Company; Tamburlaine, Edward II, Shakespeare Theatre; Cecelia’s Last Tea Party, Passage Theatre; Iphigenia at Aulis, Agamemnon, Electra, Orestes, Iphigenia at Taurus, Hangar Theatre; Tibet Through The Red Box, Seattle Children’s Theatre; Metamorphoses, Weston Playhouse Theatre; Measure for Measure, Seattle Shakespeare Theatre.  Film: Eighteen Seconds, Black Milk Productions; The Choice, Wandering Scholar Productions; True, Brown Eyes Motion Pictures.  Television: Identity, Law & Order SVUEducation: MFA, University of Washington. 

Jeremiah Wiggins (Teddy) Merrimack Repertory Theatre: The Art of Sacrifice (Aron); Something in the Air (Walker).  Off-Broadway: Avow (Father Raymond), Cardinal Group NYC; the world premiere of Fly (O’Hurley), Lincoln Center Institute & Crossroads Theatre; Good Morning, Bill (Bill), Keen Company; An Experiment With An Air Pump (Armstrong/Phil), Manhattan Theater Club; co-wrote, co-directed, and acted in Patriot Acts, Urban Rock Project/NYC Fringe Festival.  Regional: Candida, Berkshire Theater Festival; The Vertical Hour, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; The Elephant Man, Virginia Stage Company; Othello, Pioneer Theater; as well as additional work at The Guthrie Theater, Shakespeare Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Dallas Theater Center, Folger Theater, Hangar Theater and Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum.  Film: The Hoax (Miramax), Welcome to Purgatory (Sideshow).  Television: Gravity (Starz), As The World Turns (CBS), Cashmere Mafia (ABC), Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn (Comedy Central), Hack (CBS); Training: M.F.A., NYU.

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Saw Fabulosa on Friday. It was great, was wondering if I could find out about the music. I loved the opening song!

Comment by Kathy Reticker

The opening song for the show is ‘I Used to Say I Love You’, by Robyn Hitchcock.

Comment by merrimackrep

What was that song in the play that they did a dance number to? Sounded like a Righteous Brothers song, but not sure.

Comment by Deborah M. Johnson

The song is “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore.” We use the verison recorded by The Walker Brothers, although it was recored by The Righteous Brothers as well.

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