Merrimack Repertory Theatre Blog

April 12, 2013, 3:33 pm
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A Pulitzer Prize-Winning

American Masterpiece


April 25-May 19

Press Opening April 28 at 7pm


Lowell, MA- Salesmen in a cutthroat Chicago real estate office 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 “Glengarry Glen Ross”, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Mamet, directed by Charles Towers. “Glengarry Glen Ross” runs at Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) from April 25-May 19. Tickets begin at just $20 and are on sale now thru or by calling 978-654-4678.


When the play first opened in New York in 1984, Frank Rich in the New York Times wrote “Crackling tension…ferocious comedy and drama.  A top American playwright in bristling form.”


Director Charles Towers says “David Mamet’s fast-paced and riveting comedy/drama made an immediate impression when it premiered thirty years ago and is now considered an American masterpiece. Its themes of vulture capitalism and shady financial practices are timelier than ever.  In order to depict the rough world of fiercely competitive men, Mamet skillfully uses his trademark profanity for both comic and dramatic effect.  This play is not for the linguistically-squeamish.   But it is a must for anyone who wants to experience the thrill of genuinely muscular American playwriting.”

The cast of “Glengarry Glen Ross” will feature several faces familiar to MRT audience members.  Returning to the MRT stage are David Adkins (Williamson), Joel Colodner (Baylen), Will LeBow (Levene), Jim Ortlieb (Aaronow) and Jeremiah Wiggins (Lingk). Todd Licea (Roma) and Charlie Kevin (Moss) will make their MRT debuts.  The creative team for “Glengarry Glen Ross” consists of Bill Clarke (Scenic Designer), Brian Lilienthal (Lighting Designer), and Deb Newhall (Costume Designer), who have all designed multiple productions at MRT.


David Mamet was born in Chicago in 1947. He studied at Goddard College in Vermont and at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in New York. He has taught at Goddard College, the Yale Drama School and New York University and lectures at New York’s Atlantic Theater Company, of which he is a founding member. He is the author of the plays “The Cryptogram,” “Oleanna,” “Speed-The-Plow,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “American Buffalo,” and “Sexual Perversity in Chicago”. He has also written screenplays for such films as “House of Games” and the Oscar-nominated “The Verdict,” as well as “The Spanish Prisoner,” “The Winslow Boy,” and “Wag the Dog.” His plays have won the Pulitzer Prize and the Obie Award. MRT has previously produced Mamet’s “Boston Marriage,” “Speed-The-Plow,” and “Oleanna.”


MRT’s 2012-2013 Season is sponsored by LowellBank. “Glengarry Glen Ross” is sponsored by Farley White with additional support from The Eagle Tribune. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.




David Adkins

David Adkins

DAVID ADKINS (Williamson) MRT: Homestead Crossing, 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 Dukakis): Aquila Theatre 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 (Lynn Redgrave), San Jose Rep; Goodman Theater, Kennedy Center, ACT – San Francisco, Huntington Theater 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 Whitaker), Ben Franklin (PBS), The New York Soaps, The Americans.


Joel Colodner

Joel Colodner

JOEL COLODNER (Baylen) MRT: Mrs. Whitney. Broadway: They Knew What They Wanted, A Memory of Two Mondays, The Beggar’s Opera, Measure for Measure. Off Broadway: How I Learned to Drive(Uncle Peck), Do I Hear a Waltz? Regional:  Our Town(Stage Manager), Huntington Theatre Company, Threepenny Opera (Macheath), Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; Streamers(Richie), Comedians, Hamlet(Horatio), Arena Stage; The American Clock, Measure for Measure, Wild Oats, Mark Taper Forum; The Rainmaker (Starbuck), Guthrie Theatre; Da’arlin Juno, Long Wharf; A Christmas Carol(Scrooge), Alliance Theatre; The Seagull (Konstantin), Pittsburgh Public Theatre; Is There Life After High School?, Hartford Stage; Henry IV parts I and II (Henry), The Duchess of Malfi, Actors Shakespeare Project,  My Name is Asher Lev, The Chosen (Rev Saunders), Lyric Stage Company. TV: L.A. Law, Moonlighting, Remington Steele, Cagney and Lacey, St. Elsewhere, 21 Jump Street, Law and Order, Perry Mason – Case of the Avenging Ace, Mrs. Columbo, Eight is Enough, Highway to Heaven, Another World/Texas. Film: The Kirlian Witness, Arthur – On the Rocks, Who is Julia?, Betrayed by Innocence, Not My Kid, Malice in Wonderland. Education: BA, Cornell University. MFA, Southern Methodist University.


Charlie Kevin

Charlie Kevin

CHARLIE KEVIN (Moss) MRT: Debut. Broadway:  Take Me Out (Tour, Dir. Joe Mantello) Off-Broadway: Irish Arts Center, Actors Studio, National Black Theatre of Harlem, Rattlestick. Regional: Mr. Kevin last appeared as Freddie Filmore and multiple voices for the staged radio play of It’s a Wonderful life at Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, NJ. Mr. Kevin has also appeared at Dallas Theatre Center; Seattle Rep.; Denver Center; Milwaukee Rep.; The Old Globe; Florida Stage; Dorset Theatre Festival; Portland Stage, American Stage; Playhouse on the Square; Missouri Rep. Television: Law & Order: SVU. One Life to Live, The Sopranos. Film: Outloud, Girder, The Night Brings Charlie


Will Lebow

Will Lebow

WILL LEBOW (Levene) MRT: Two Jews Walk into a War…, Twelfth Night, A Christmas Carol. Off-Broadway: Nocturne (Drama Desk nomination); Oliver Twist, Theatre for a New Audience. Regional: American Repertory Theatre, fifty-five productions including Merchant of Venice, Romance, Full Circle (Elliot Norton Award), Oliver Twist, Romeo and Juliet, No Exit, Three Sisters, The Miser, The Birthday Party, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lysistrata, Marat/Sade, Othello, Animals and Plants, Nocturne, The Doctor’s Dilemma, Three Farces and a Funeral, Full Circle, We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, The Cripple of Innishman, The Marriage of Bette and Boo and Love’s Labours Lost. The Rivals, Sonia Flew, Huntington Theatre; Twelfth Night, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company; Shear Madness. International: Six Characters in Search of an Author, The King Stag, Taiwan Theatre Festival; Moscow Art Theatre. Film: Next Stop Wonderland, What Doesn’t Kill You, Second Sight. Television: Stanley, Dr. Katz Professional Therapist. Narrator: Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, A Christmas Carol, Casey At the Bat, A Kennedy Legacy, Boston Pops, Keith Lockhart conducting; Ariadne Auf Naxos, Boston Lyric Opera; Abduction from the Seraglio, Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Todd Licea

Todd Licea

TODD LICEA (Roma) MRT: Debut. Off-Broadway: Sam’s Romance, Actor’s Temple Theatre (Dir. Hillary Spector) Regional: All the Kings Men, Intiman Theatre (Dir. Pam MacKinnon); A Christmas Carol, A Contemporary Theatre (Dir. Kurt Beattie); Dracula, Empty Space Theatre (Dir. Eddie Levi Lee). Television: Amazing Grace (NBC), Bill Nye the Science Guy (PBS). Film: Grassroots (Dir. Stephen Gyllenhaal), Gory Gory Hallelujah (Dir. Susan Corcoran). Education: BFA, California Institute of the Arts Other: Mr. Licea would like to send big thanks to all of the Merrimack Repertory Theatre cast, crew and staff.

Jim Ortlieb

Jim Ortlieb

JIM ORTLIEB (Aaronow) MRT: Half ‘n Half ‘n HalfBroadway: The Farnsworth Invention, Guys and Dolls, Billy Elliot: The Musical (1st National Tour). Regional: Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Steppenwolf Theatre; Candide, The Goodman Theatre; Scapin, American Blues Theatre (Member); Of Thee I Sing (Dir. Charles Repole), Orchestra Hall; M the Murderer, Organic Theatre; Only Kidding (Joseph Jefferson Award Nominee), Wisdom Bridge Theatre; Hughie, Gare St. Lazare Players (Member); Tartuffe, The Mikado, Candide, Weston Playhouse; The Grapes of Wrath (Dir. David Cromer) The Ford’s Theatre; Alfred Stieglitz Loves O’Keefe, Ghost Ranch Productions; The Wasps, Getty Villa; The Homecoming, Hughie (Paris, France), Faith Healer, Dark Pony, Translations (West Cork, Ireland), Gare St. Lazare Players. Television: Mr. Ortlieb has been in over 50 television shows including Vegas, Grey’s Anatomy, The Closer, CSI, Bones, Six Feet Under, The Shield and Nasedo in RoswellFilm: Contagion (Dir. Steven Soderbergh), Drunkboat, A Mighty Wind (Dir. Christopher Guest), Magnolia (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson), Chain Reaction (Dir. Andrew Davis), Home Alone and Running Scared. Education: Graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts of Rutgers University. Other: Mr. Ortlieb also works as a teacher and director.


Jeremiah Wiggins

Jeremiah Wiggins

JEREMIAH WIGGINS (Lingk) MRT: Fabuloso, Art of Sacrifice, Something In The Air. Off-Broadway: Fly, (World Premiere), Crossroads Theatre & Lincoln Center Institute; Avow, Cardinal Group NYC; Good Morning, Bill, The Keen Company; An Experiment With An Air Pump, Manhattan Theatre Club. Regional: In The Next Room or the vibrator play, The Cleveland Play House & The Wilma Theatre; Speed-The-Plow, Shaker Bridge Theatre; An Enemy of the People, Playhouse on Park; Dracula, The Denver Center; The Pavilion, Dorset Theatre Festival; Candida, Berkshire Theatre Festival; The Retreat from Moscow, A Christmas Carol, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; The Elephant Man, Othello, Virginia Stage Company; The Importance of Being Earnest, Tartuffe, Pioneer Theatre; The Winter’s Tale, The Shakespeare Theatre of DC; Elizabeth the Queen, Folger Theatre; Ah, Wilderness, The Invention of Love, The Guthrie Theatre. TV/Film: The Hoax, Hack, Cashmere Mafia, As the World Turns, Gravity, Tough Crown with Colin Quinn, Boardwalk Empire. Education: M.F.A. from NYU’s Graduate Acting Program.


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