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April 5, 2013

Merrimack Rep season lineup for 2013-14

Seven shows are on the playbills for the 2013-14 Season at Merrimack Repertory Theater.

This will be the 35th season of professional productions presented at this theater for residents of the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire and beyond.

“The season offers comedy, drama, romance and music,” said Artistic Director Charles Towers. “I also select material that attracts first-rate theatre artists to come to work at MRT, because they are the ones who ultimately put excellence on stage. Whether a play has become a contemporary classic or is brand new, our artists will create seven fresh experiences that collectively make a season of theatre here.”

Here’s the season lineup*:

‘Stella and Lou,’ by Bruce Graham

Sept. 19 to Oct. 13

Lou is just about to close up his bar for the night when Stella, one of his regulars, walks in with a surprising proposal. Lou is a faithful widower and Stella a dedicated nurse. This romantic comedy asks if a second chance at love is really possible for two people with a lot of miles on them.

‘The Immigrant,’ by Mark Harelik

Oct. 24 to Nov. 17

In 1909, a young Russian Jew leaves his homeland in search of the American Dream. Entering through the port of Galveston, he settles in a small town in Central Texas and forms the unlikeliest of friendships with the owner of the town bank and his devoutly Christian wife. This is a heartwarming tale of one man’s quest to build a better life for his family.

‘Mrs. Mannerly,’ by Jeffrey Hatcher

Nov. 29 to Dec. 22

In this tart-but-charming comedy, it is the fall of 1967 and young Jeffrey has just enrolled in a manners class taught by the formidable Helen Anderson Kirk, otherwise known as Mrs. Mannerly. Although society is rapidly changing, Jeffrey and his rival classmates must decide how far they will go to become the first student to achieve a perfect score on Mrs. Mannerly’s legendary final exam.

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