Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog

April 2, 2013, 12:00 am
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MRT Artistic Director Charles Towers has announced the seven plays that will make up the 2013-2014 Season at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT). This will be the company’s 35th season of creating professional theatre productions for Lowell, its surrounding communities, and Southern New Hampshire.  Subscriptions to MRT’s 2013-2014 Season are on sale now.  Discounted season tickets are available in a full 7-play subscription or 3-6 play customizable packages and can be purchased online at or at the box office by calling 978-654-4678. Click here to download a subscription order form.

Charles Towers, Artistic Director

Charles Towers, Artistic Director

“I am pleased to announce the 2013-14 Season at Merrimack Repertory Theatre.  As usual, I try to schedule an eclectic mix of contemporary and new plays, covering as wide a range of tone, genre and style as possible.  Next season offers comedy, drama, romance and music.  I also select material that attracts first-rate theatre artists to come to work at MRT, because they are the ones who ultimately put excellence on stage.  Whether a play has become a contemporary classic or is brand new, our artists will create seven fresh experiences that collectively make a season of theatre at MRT.”



2013-2014 Season (All titles subject to change)


Stella and Lou by Bruce Graham
September 19-October 13, 2013

Lou is just about to close up his bar for the night when Stella, one of his regulars, walks in with a surprising proposal. Lou is a faithful widower and Stella a dedicated nurse.  This romantic comedy asks if a second chance at love is really possible for two people with a lot of miles on them.


The Immigrant by Mark Harelik
October 24-November 17, 2013

In 1909 a young Russian Jew leaves his homeland in search of the American Dream.  Entering through the port of Galveston, he settles in a small town in Central Texas and forms the unlikeliest of friendships with the owner of the town bank and his devoutly Christian wife in this heartwarming tale of one man’s quest to build a better life for his family.


Mrs. Mannerly by Jeffrey Hatcher
November 29-December 22, 2013

In this tart but charming comedy, it is the fall of 1967 and young Jeffrey has just enrolled in a manners class taught by the formidable Helen Anderson Kirk, otherwise known as Mrs. Mannerly.  Although society is rapidly changing, Jeffrey and his rival classmates must decide how far they will go to become the first student to achieve a perfect score on Mrs. Mannerly’s legendary final exam.


God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza (Translation by Christopher Hampton)
January 9-February 2, 2014

Two high-strung sets of parents meet for the first time with the intention of settling their sons’ playground dispute like civilized adults. Their encounter frustrates everyone’s best intentions in this viciously funny Olivier Award-winner for Best Comedy and long-running Broadway hit.


The Devil’s Music: The Life and Blues of Bessie Smith by Angelo Parra
February 13-March 9, 2014

Ignoring a scheduled performance, Bessie Smith, The Empress of the Blues, finds herself in a “buffet flat” – a private lounge – hanging with her band and in a revealing mood, sings her story of a life filled with tumultuous romances, hard living, and, always, music.


Equally Divided by Ronald Harwood
March 20-April 13, 2014

Edith has taken care of her bitter, elderly mother and indulged the old woman’s antiquing habit for years. Now that mum has passed away, she just wants what she deserves, except her wealthy, eccentric, good-for-nothing sister Renata wants her half too.  A comedy about a woman in a moral quandary.


The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor
April 24-May 18, 2014

The Reduced Shakespeare Company returns with a brand new comedy about…comedy. As only they can, the RSC deconstruct the history of comedy, debate who is the funniest person ever to have lived, and ask if laughter is the best medicine, will it be covered by Obamacare?


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