Rep Completes Season
Award-winning actress Karen MacDonald, certainly one of the busiest talents in town this past year, will star in the regional premiere of "The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead" by Robert Hewett at Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Directed by OBIE Award-winning director Melia Bensussen, performances are set for April 22 – May 16.
"The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead," a cheating
husband, a meddling neighbor and a dropped ice cream cone combine to shatter
Rhonda Russell’s quiet, suburban life. Seven very different characters
each offer their own perspective of the day Rhonda went berserk –
all played by a single gifted performer. It is described as a captivatingly
brilliant tour de force about loss and ultimate redemption.
MacDonald commented, “I’ve always had great
experiences at Merrimack Rep. I'm thrilled to be back and to work on this
show with Melia Bensussen and all our design team. The show is a big challenge,
seven characters to play, but I'm excited to give it my all. Thanks to
Charles Towers for giving us the chance to tell this story to the Merrimack
"The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead
"is the first of Robert Hewett’s plays to be produced by Merrimack
Rep. A native of Australia, and an honors graduate of Flinders
University, Hewett began his career in the theatre as an actor.
He worked extensively in theatre, film, television and radio before switching
to writing. His first play, "Just...One Last Dance,"
premiered at Auckland’s Mercury Theatre in 1980.
The Melbourne Theatre Company produced his second and
highly acclaimed play, "Gulls," in 1983. "Gulls"
received the Green Room Award for Best Play, and shortlisted
in the inaugural Premier's Literary Awards. "The
Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead opened to acclaim at The
Stables in Sydney in February 2004 and toured Australia for 4
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