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March 28, 2012, 2:22 pm
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Lowell, MA – MRT Artistic Director Charles Towers has announced the seven productions that will make up the company’s 34th Season of producing professional theatre for audiences in the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire. MRT’s 2012-2013 season will open in the newly renovated Liberty Hall, which will see significant upgrades to the theatergoing experience of MRT Patrons. Subscriptions to MRT’s 2012-2013 Season are on sale now, and packages can be purchased at the box office by calling 978-654-4678.

Artistic Director Charles Towers

“The 2012-2013 Season was selected to reflect MRT’s core work and core mission, which is to create individual productions of theatrical art that advance a literate examination of human character and relationship” says MRT Artistic Director Charles Towers. “As always, I try to create a complex mosaic of content, style and tone across the seven-play season. Included are new comedies (Homestead Crossing and Half ‘n Half ‘n Half), regional premieres (Memory House and Shakespeare’s Will), and an American classic (Glengarry Glen Ross.) I read a recent New York Times editorial that said ‘There’s less and less room in American politics for a hodgepodge of positions that don’t adhere to one of the two sanctioned scripts. Unsubtle caricatures outnumber complicated characters.’ The Theatre by its very nature provides an antidote to this lamentable development. We at MRT offer complicated characters, conflicting thoughts, complex emotions and creative experiences; the exact opposite of proselytizing positions or simplistic statements. We offer stories of recognizable humanity, in all its humor and heartbreak.”

MRT’S 2012-2013 SEASON

Homestead Crossing by William Donnelly

September 6 – September 30, 2012
“Donnelly writes with sincerity, feeling, and also a welcome sense of humor.” -Talkin’ Broadway

Noel and Anne are long-married and settled into their suburban home; Claudia and Tobin are young lovers at the beginning of their relationship. A rainstorm and an unreliable car cause the lives of these two couples to mysteriously intertwine and take surprising turns in this delicious new comedy.

Memory House by Kathleen Tolan
October 25 – November 18, 2012
“Perfectly captures the tension and love between a teenage daughter and her mother” -Chicago Reader

On New Year’s Eve, a woman bakes a pie while her adopted daughter works to finish her college

John Kolvenbach, Half 'n Half 'n Half playwright

entrance essay. As both mother and daughter strive to achieve their goals, family secrets are revealed in this touching drama about the complexity of living in the world today.

Half ‘n Half ‘n Half
by John Kolvenbach
November 29 – December 23, 2012
“Combines humor, sadness and the possibility of redemption in a manner that is all his own.”
-London Daily Telegraph

Go behind-the-scenes in this new comedy about married life in a repertory theatre company. When a long-suffering acting couple ponders divorce, the audience is guaranteed a front-row seat to this family’s theatrics. With their adult daughter helping round out the cast, this comedy takes a farcical look at love and marriage as all perform, both on-stage and off.

Shakespeare’s Will by Vern Thiessen
January 10 – February 3, 2013

“McKenna is an actress who effortlessly blends heart and mind, intellect and feeling” -The Record

Seana McKenna as Anne Hathaway in Shakespeare's Will. Photo by: Richard Bain

Seana McKenna, leading actress of the Stratford Shakespeare Festival, creates a compelling portrait of Shakespeare’s widow, Anne Hathaway. With humor and passion, she tells her story of romance, struggle and ultimate abandonment by history’s greatest playwright, who famously willed her, “my second best bed…”

by John Logan
February 14 – March 10, 2013
“… a sizzling, intellectually thrilling two-character drama” -Chicago Tribune

A humorous, intense and exciting glimpse at the life of fiery abstract painter Mark Rothko. When a commission to create murals for a new, high-end restaurant challenges his uncompromising aesthetic, Rothko and his young assistant must work feverishly to blend art and commerce in this Tony Award-winner for Best Play.

Proof by David Auburn
March 21 – April 14, 2013

“[Proof is a] smart and compassionate play of ideas.” -The New York Daily News

A Tony Award-winner for Best Play, Proof is a compelling mystery with wit and romance. Catherine, the daughter of a brilliant mathematician, must establish the authorship of a proof found in her father’s office, while dealing with the return of her estranged sister and a burgeoning relationship with her father’s former student.

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet
April 25 – May 19, 2013
“…a brutal, searing, and triumphant work” -Minnesota Public Radio

This Pulitzer Prize-winning play is as raw as the attitudes in the trading offices at Enron and a great American comedy. Set in a Chicago real estate office, salesmen are pitted against each other in a brutal zero-sum battle for the best leads. With jobs on the line, each man must decide how far to go to make a sale in this genuine 20th Century masterpiece.

In addition to the seven productions in MRT’s subscription season, MRT and UMass Lowell will produce the world premiere staged-reading of Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation from October 10-14, 2012. Ticket information for Beat Generation will be announced this summer and MRT subscribers will receive priority access to tickets.

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