Student Matinees

Video on Demand: UNTIL THE FLOOD

FREE FOR STUDENTS - April 17-May 2, 2021


"It is a salve to see that beauty can arise from such tragedy.” Time Out London


RESERVE YOUR FREE VIEWING NOW: You must reserve in advance by emailing the Enterprise Bank Box Office at or call 978-654-4678.


Until the Flood PLAYGUIDE (Student Study Guide)

Hello Teachers –

First, I want to thank you – all of our educators. You have my utmost gratitude for your diligence and dedication under such extraordinarily difficult circumstances. You are truly heroes.

We want to offer our first show in a year to your students for free. The video-on-demand show and the study guide will be online from April 17 to May 2. The video package will also include an interview with the playwright and a roundtable with prominent theatre educators.

Until the Flood by Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith is a documentary-style play based on a series of interviews conducted by the playwright after the killing of Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson, MO.

Set in 2014, this event remains painfully relevant in 2021. Dael animates an entire community with heart, intelligence, nuance, and poetry. Her work is the ultimate act of witnessing, and we are honored to share that experience with our audiences. The Chicago Tribune said, “Until the Flood achieves a great beauty by bringing us together, rather than driving us apart.”

This play does contain strong language, including racial slurs and references to racial violence. MRT is able, through the generous support of the Lowell Cultural Council, to offer an Artist in the Classroom visit to prepare students for watching the show.

I hope you will share this play with your students. It takes a balanced, thoughtful, and generous look at all of the lives touched by this tragedy and speaks to racism in a brave, clear, and relatable way.

In Service,
Courtney Sale
Nancy L. Donahue Artistic Director

RESERVE YOUR FREE VIEWING NOW: You must reserve in advance by emailing the Enterprise Bank Box Office at



TRADITIONAL MATINEES: We hope to resume traditional, in-person student matinees in the late fall of 2021.

MRT Student Matinees provide many students with their first exposure to professional theatre. It gives them the opportunity to experience literature in a different way, often resulting in a deeper connection to the story and characters. Attending MRT meets many MCAS and NHCF requirements.

Student Matinees start at 10:30 a.m. To enhance your educational experience, teachers are provided with copies of the script and classes can stay for a post-show discussion with members of the cast. MRT provides PlayGuides for select productions.

For further information:

Enterprise Bank Box Office or 978-654-4678

How to book a Student Matinee!

  • It's simple! Bookings are first-come, so email your request asap to Include: the play, date, total number of students and chaperones, and your contact information.
  • Once you sign the Agreement and provide a 50% deposit, your tickets are booked! The balance is due 2 weeks before the show.
  • Student tickets are $9 and chaperones are free.
  • All matinees include a free Post-Show Discussion with the cast (if requested in advance), and select plays include a PlayGuide with educational articles and resources.
  • Partners in Education (PIE) grants for are available first-come; please mention this need in your booking request.


Partners in Education (PIE)

Each year, Merrimack Repertory Theatre receives generous funding to provide student tickets to schools facing economic hardships. Through the PIE program, students attend a matinee at low or no cost.

For more information about the Partners in Education program or for a grant application for your school, please write to the email address above.


Funding provided, in part, by

Aubert J. Fay Charitable Fund
Trustees of the Ayer Home
Ted & Connie Lapre Fund
Lowell Polish Cultural Council
Linda Trudel Endowment Fund
Ronald M. Ansin Foundation
Nathaniel & Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation
Top of the Hill Fund

This program is also supported in parts by grants from local cultural councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.


PHOTO (l-r) Student matinee of Abigail 1702. On stage: Rachel Napoleon, Trevor Dame, Celeste Oliva, Jon Kovach, Mark Kincaid. Photo by Sidney Hoang