The Games Begin
East Coast Premiere from Reduced
They're back. The “bad boys of abridgement” plan to sprint through the wide, wide, world of sports at record-breaking speed in the brand-new championship comedy "The Complete World of Sports (abridged)," at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, September 9 - October 3.
Starring the Reduced Shakespeare Company
and written and directed by Reed Martin and Austin
Tichenor, the production will receive its East Coast Premiere
at the Lowell theater before setting off on a national tour of theatres
and performing arts centers around the country.
Is Bowling really a sport? What about Poker or Competitive
Eating? Which is more boring – Baseball or Cricket? Who invented
Curling and Synchronized Swimming and why in the world are they in the
Olympics? As America’s infatuation with all things athletic continues,
"The Complete World of Sports (abridged) " skewers every sport
ever played on every continent in the entire history of the world.
The company’s itinerary has included stops at the White House, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, London’s West End, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Repertory Theatre and Montreal’s "Just For Laughs Festival," as well as performances in Israel, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, Malta, Belgium, The Netherlands, Singapore and Bermuda -- plus countless civic and university venues throughout the USA, Great Britain and Ireland.
The RSC won the prestigious Shorty Award and has been nominated for an Olivier Award in London, two Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, DC, the SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, and several podcast awards. RSC scripts are published in the US and UK, and have been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Among the special performances: Pay What You Can Night -- September 9 at 7:30 p.m.; Lowell Night -- September 11 at 8 p.m., Lowell residents may purchase tickets for $10 at the box office from 5 - 8 p.m. (proper ID is required); Cookie Matinee – September 15 at 2 p.m., patrons will be invited to enjoy complimentary cookies and coffee in the lobby before the show, courtesy of Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus; and Post Show Forum Nights -- September 16, 23, and 30 at 7:30 p.m. where audiences may stay after the performance to discuss the show and chat with the actors.
For tickets and information, call the box office at 978-654-4678
or visit www.MerrimackRep.org.
-- OnStage Boston
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