LOWELL -- Merrimack Repertory Theatre's 2014-2015 season will feature seven plays, all either regional or world premieres that reflect contemporary American life.
MRT artistic director Charles Towers and Executive Director Elizabeth Kegley announced the season, MRT's 36th, on Monday, March 31, at an event for subscribers in the Nancy L. Donahue Theatre in Liberty Hall.
- The season opens with Michael Golamco's Year Zero, Sept. 11-Oct. 5. It is comedic drama about a young Cambodian-American teen struggling to find his place.
- Dusk Rings A Bell, by Stephen Belber, Oct. 23-Nov.16, is about Molly and Ray who unexpectedly meet 25 years after their teenage romance. The memories linger but are overshadowed by tragic revelations of what has happened since.
- 13 Things About Ed Carpolotti, book, music and lyrics by Barry Kleinbort, based on play by Jeffrey Hatcher, Nov. 28-Dec. 21, is a one-woman show about Virginia Carpolotti (played by Tony Award-nominee Penny Fuller) and what she learns about late husband, the recently deceased and decidedly shady Ed.Advertisement
- The Best Brothers, by Daniel MacIvor, Jan. 8-Feb. 1, 2015, is a comedy about the Best brothers, Kyle and Hamilton, struggling to find common ground as they deal with the death of their mother in a bizarre accident involving a Filipino drag queen.
- Oceanside, by Nick Gandiello, Feb. 12-March 8, 2015, is about Gwen, who thought she had successfully left her troubled past behind, but is forced to confront it when her ex-husband returns with news of their grown daughter's disappearance.
- Out of the City, by Leslie Ayvazian, March 19-April 12, 2015, is an unorthodox love story about two middle-aged couples whose weekend trip to celebrate a milestone birthday makes them ponder elusive romance and contemplate what comes next.
- The Outgoing Tide, by Bruce Graham, April 23-May 17, 2015, is a family drama, sprinkled with humor about a man tormented by the grip of an aging mind and uncertain future and what he has planned.
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-- NANCYE TUTTLE