Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 2021-22 Season
SPRING 2021 - 3 PLAYS
ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END
Mar 24 to April 11, 2021
By Allison Engel and Margaret Engel
Directed by Terry Berliner
A celebration of humorist Erma Bombeck, At Wit’s End rejoices in the life of a woman considered to be one of America’s funniest moms, who championed the everyday lives of housewives with a daring truth few of her generation were willing to tell. The Cincinnati Enquirer said the play offers “hilarious riffs on everything from pet funerals to parental lectures,” while DC Metro called it “a comical trip down memory lane.”
April 21 to May 9, 2021
By Allison Gregory
Directed by Courtney Sale
Do you remember being a teenager? A woman hilariously recounts one summer of her youth: those first feelings of all-consuming love, the emergence of her own identity, the realization that all things are not as they should be, and the sheer intoxication of sweet freedom. With a little help from her friends Skinny Lynny and Zabby, she sets out to right an injustice with exhilarating, heartbreaking, and life-changing results. Those teen years? It will all come rushing back when you join her on the ride of a lifetime.
Features a 70s soundtrack: “A Horse with No Name,” “Smoke on the Water,” “Shambala,” “Me and Mrs. Jones,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Dancing in the Moonlight,” and more.
UNTIL THE FLOOD
May 19 to June 6, 2021
By Dael Orlandersmith
Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith (Forever) explores the social uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. Pulling from her extensive interviews with Missouri residents, Orlandersmith crafts a stunning theatrical experience that must be seen. The Chicago Tribune called it “palpably compassionate” and raved that it “achieves a great beauty by bringing us together rather than driving us apart.”
Plays to be presented between November 2021 and May 2022
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
What makes life worth living? Ice cream, water fights, peeing in the sea, the word plinth, the even numbered Star Trek films, watching someone watch your favourite film, dancing in private, the way Ray Charles sings the word ‘You’. . .
In an effort to bring joy to a parent battling depression, a young child starts a list of the little moments in life that bring bliss, delight, and uncontrollable laughter – and continues the list for years and years, a list of thousands. A jolt of joy, Every Brilliant Thing is a unique interactive theatrical experience that will take you on a journey of healing and rejuvenation – a vital reminder of all that life has to give.
By Lauren Yee (Cambodian Rock Band)
There’s nothing more American than a road trip. Immigrants Joe and Jenny share a raucous ride from coast to coast, filled with roadside motels, tourist traps, the awkward getting-to-know-you revelations of a young couple, and an insanely unforgettable trip to IHOP. Twenty years later, Joe picks up their daughter at college, and the two embark on the exact same trip – this time without Jenny. Young Americans asks, how do we share our life’s journey with our children?
TWO PLAYS TO BE ANNOUNCED!
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