Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog

February 17, 2012, 2:21 pm
Filed under: Merrimack Repertory Theatre


Dee Ryan

MRT is proud to present a staged reading of Tewksbury native Dee Ryan’s new one-woman comedy DeeConstruction on Monday, March 26 at 7pm. Dee, an overwhelmed wife, mother of two, and cat owner, is addicted to home repair. Her previous electrical re-wires, plumbing re-pipes, French door upgrades, and landscaping makeovers haven’t satisfied her insatiable cravings for change. What begins as a simple room addition and kitchen remodel becomes a complete two-story renovation. Advance tickets are available at for $5. Pay What You Can tickets will be available at the door starting at 4:30pm on March 26.

Is Dee the Grand Lady of the House, or the Madwoman in the Attic? Comic author and performer Dee Ryan chronicles her Homeric odyssey across the turbulent waters of piratical contractors, siren architects, monster neighbors, ghostly painters, and clueless husbands. In her moments of greatest stress and delusion, fictional characters Jane Eyre, Scarlett O’Hara and Emma Bovary stop by for game night. Dee’s journey takes on personal resonance as she discovers the roots of her house obsession, the twisted strength of family, and the importance of coming home. Her addiction is cured forever… or is it?


Comic author and performer Dee Ryan is an alumna of Chicago’s famed Second City, performing and writing with: Tina Fey, Adam McKay, Steve Carell, Amy Sedaris, Stephen Colbert, Neil Flynn, Scott Adsit, Jon Favreau, Nia Vardalos, Peter Murrieta, Jon Glaser, Rachel Dratch, Horatio Sans and many others. She was Sylvie, a series regular, in the TBS microseries Commuter Confidential and has made appearances in The Office, 10 Items or Less and The United States of Tara. Look for her in The Upright Citizen’s Brigade movie Wild Girls Gone. She has performed onstage around the world at such venues as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Adelaide Comedy Festival (with The Mighty Boosh’s Rich Fulcher), The Jerusalem Theater Festival, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Her writing has appeared in magazines, on radio and television. She has worked at Disney Animated Features and recently adapted the Newbury Award winning children’s book The Higher Power of Lucky for the screen, as well as other television and movie projects. With Nixon’s Nixon author Russ Lees, and Second City alum Dave Razowsky, she created and performed Fatwah Caprice at the Zephyr Theater in Los Angeles. She contributed additional material to the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Complete Millennium Musical (abridged) published by Broadway Play Publishing and toured with the show all over the world, even performing at Seattle Repertory Theatre on the first day of the new millennium while eight months pregnant.

As an improviser, Dee is a member of the All Girl Revue and Stacy’s Not Here. All Girl Revue, one of the few outside acts to perform at Second City’s 50th Anniversary celebration, was awarded the 2010 Women in Comedy Festival’s Audience Award. They will be returning to ImprovBoston on Friday and Saturday, March 23 and 24 for this year’s Women in Comedy Festival.


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