Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog

August 21, 2012, 11:06 am
Filed under: Merrimack Repertory Theatre


The surprise arrival of two young lovers needing assistance disrupts a predictable day in the life of a comfortably married middle-aged couple in the world premiere production of Homestead Crossing, a comedy by William Donnelly, directed by Kyle Fabel at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Homestead Crossing runs from September 6-September 30. Tickets begin at just $20 and are on sale now thru or by calling 978-654-4678.

“William Donnelly is a writer with an elegant wit and a unique way of looking at human relationships,” said MRT Artistic Director Charles Towers. “I wanted to open our renovated space with something that reflected MRT’s core.  Because MRT has become renowned for producing contemporary and new plays, especially by American writers, producing Homestead Crossing – a world premiere by a Massachusetts playwright, seemed a perfect fit.”

Homestead Crossing will feature David Adkins as Noel, Ross Cowan as Tobin, Corinna May as Anne, and Lesley Shires as Claudia.  David Adkins previously appeared in The Seafarer and Tranced, while Ross Cowan, Corinna May and Lesley Shires all make their MRT debuts. Kyle Fabel has previously directed Mrs. Whitney, The Persian Quarter, Fabuloso, Tranced, The Four of Us and Trying at MRT. The creative team for Homestead Crossing consists of Anita Stewart (Scenic Designer), Lara de Bruijn (Costume Designer), Shane Rettig (Sound Designer), and Paul Hackenmueller (Lighting Designer).

Director Kyle Fabel commented on his experience working with William Donnelly and directing the play, sharing “I’m very much enjoying working with Bill Donnelly, for the second time, on one of his plays.  Watching a Bill Donnelly play is a very satisfying, moving, and hilarious experience”.

Playwright William Donnelly added “Ultimately, it’s about love and expectations and worrying that the life you’re living maybe isn’t your ideal life. I hope those are things that everyone can relate to.”

William Donnelly is a Massachusetts-based playwright. His plays have been produced at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, Portland Stage Company, The Active Theater Company, Act II Playhouse, The Public Theatre, The Unicorn Theatre, the Theater Alliance, Mad Cat, the Sacred Fools Theatre, Mill 6 Collaborative, Rough & Tumble, and many other local theaters as well. Several of his short works have appeared in the Boston Theatre Marathon. In 2005, he was awarded a New Theatre Works grant by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. He has been a Clauder Competition finalist two times and his play Magnetic North was awarded the Clauder Competition grant in 2006. He currently resides in Massachusetts and is a member of the Dramatic Guild.

William Donnelly’s Homestead Crossing is a world premiere co-production of Berkshire Theatre Festival, MRT, and Portland Stage Company.

MRT’s 2012-2013 Season is sponsored by Lowell BankHomestead Crossing is sponsored by Enterprise Bank with additional support from The Nashua Telegraph. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


David Adkins (Noel)

David Adkins (Noel) MRT: The Seafarer (IRNE nomination), Tranced. Broadway:  Next FallSt. Joan, National Actors Theatre. Off-Broadway: Boy Gets Girl, Manhattan Theater Club. Sabina, Immaculate Misconception: Primary Stages. Agamemnon (with Olympia Dukkakis): Aquila Thatre Company. Transfigures, Woman’s Theatre Project. Regional: Twelfth Night (Malvolio), Westport County Playhouse.Twelve Angry Men (Juror number 12), George Street Playhouse. Sylvia, Faith Healer, Waiting for Godot, No Wake, The Misanthrope, Hasty Heart (and others), Berkshire Theatre Group: eighteen seasons, Mandrake Root, San Jose Rep. (Lynn Redgrave), Goodman Theater, Kennedy Center, ACT – San Francisco, Huntington Theate Company, Center Stage, Long Wharf, Denver Center Theatre, Barrington Stage, Studio Theater, ACT – Seattle. TV/Film: Without A Trace, Trinity, Chicago Hope, Law & Order, Law & Order SVU, Blaq Jaw (with Forrest Whitiker), Ben Franklin (PBS), The New York Soaps


Ross Cowan (Tobin)

Ross Cowan (Tobin) MRT: debut Off-Off Broadway: Cato, The Flea. The Misanthrope (PS122). The Importance of Being Earnest/Hemingway, M-34/Chashama. Regional: Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Torah! Torah Torah!, Brown/Trinity Playwright’s Rep Educational: Camino Real, Clybourne Park, Education: MFA, NYU Grad Acting


Corinna May (Anne)

Corinna May (Anne) MRT: Debut. Off-Broadway: Thirty Story Masterpieces. National Tour: The Graduate. Regional: Two-Headed, Berkshire Theatre Group. The Memory of Water, Twelfth Night, The Winter’s Tale, Enchanted April, Roman Fever, Jack and Jill, Betrayal, House of Mirth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Shakespeare & Company  (21 seasons).  Syracuse Stage, Capitol Rep, Repertory Theater of  St. Louis, Studio Arena, Virginia Stage, Philadelphia Theater Company. TV/Film: Split Ends(starring), Speck’s Last, Unforgettable, Law & Order, Evening at the Pops, Bourbon Street (indie pilot). Playwright: Dancing with the Czar. Other: Designated Linklater voice teacher.


Lesley Shires (Claudia)

Lesley Shires (Claudia) MRT: debut Regional:Laughing Stock, Pioneer Theatre Company. Gruesome Playground Injuries, Boise Contemporary Theater. The Little Prince, Crimes of the Heart, Amadeus, Romeo and Juliet, PlayMakers Repertory. CATS, The Hangar Theatre. La Cage aux Folles, North Carolina Theatre. TV/FILM:Person of Interest, Rescue Me. Educational: Henry Box Brown (world premiere) by Tony Kusshner. Acquainted with the Night (world premiere) by Keith Reddin , Orpheus Descending, Angels in America: Perestroika, Macbeth, The Emperor Antony, HMATRIXH, One Slight Hitch by Lewis Black. Choreography:Henry Box Brown, The Emperor Antony, HMATRIXH. Education: BFA, East Carolina University. NYU Grad Acting. Guthrie Experience.

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