LOWELL TRILOGY – FIVE THOUSAND DAYS LIKE THIS ONE –
The third installment of plays developed by MRT about our region. Adapted for the stage from Jane Brox’s acclaimed memoirs "Five Thousand Days Like This One and "Here and Nowhere Else." An extraordinary tribute to the towns of Dracut, Tyngsboro, Lowell, Lawrence, Methuen, Groton, Dunstable and Tewksbury. A remembrance of our parents and the land of Thoreau. A beautiful and touching story that traces nearly two centuries of life along the Merrimack. A generational celebration of farming, New England, and family. Developed by the same creative team that brought A Cambodian Odyssey and Maggie’s Riff to the stage.
TURNER’S COME AND GONE
1911. A bustling boarding house in Pittsburgh, PA. A warm place filled with the fragrance of fresh-baked biscuits and the feisty gab of men and women hunting for their place in a new and promised land. The sons and daughters of newly freed slaves searching for ways to give clear and luminous meaning to their song which is both a wail and a jubilant shout. Lyrical, and majestic. Spellbinding and haunting, indescribably moving, tender, and funny. Winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.
Marriage, friendship, and material wealth. In the quiet and luxurious home of a retired suburban couple lies a deteriorating love. With an unexpected visit from friends in need and the return of the prodigal daughter, the "delicate balance" of allegiances and alliances is skewed forever. A story that strikes deep to the roots of humanity. How far can anyone push the boundaries of love and friendship? Rich and sophistated. Full of wonder, mystery, elegance, wit, and grace. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama, and from the celebrated author of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Family life in the late 1990’s. A father still wandering through the "purple haze" of his hippie youth. Three grown children, each in their own state of over compensation or denial. An impromptu family reunion builds an intoxicating comedy. An alarming piece that takes a fish eye look at the disaffected family produced by the wild and crazy parents of the 1960’s. Reminiscent of the hilarious worlds of Christopher Durang and Sam Shepard. Riotous, eccentric, and imaginative. Delightfully idiosyncratic. Wildly funny with a deep, dark streak. A recent Pulitzer Prize finalist.
STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
An American drama of passion and broken dreams. A 1940’s tenement building in New Orleans. A Southern Camille takes desperate refuge in a magical world of her own creation. A story about lost souls whose sensitivity becomes their undoing. Throbbingly alive. Heart-wrenchingly human. Full of poetic warmth and compassionate perception. One of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century.
"A whirling, curling, swirling, furling, hurling, feeling…Rebecca was spinning. She was in a place she had never been before in her life." A new musical for the entire family. An urban-snap fairy tale about a passage into adulthood. Created by Merrimack Repertory Theatre and adapted for the stage from the internationally acclaimed, best-selling book. Funny, magical but with an edge, and very wise. Stay tuned for new information about this show as it unfolds.