March 15 - April 8
"Mrs. Whitney," written by
John Kolvenbach and directed by Kyle Fabel,
follows the comedic journey of middle-aged divorcée Margaret Whitney
as she attempts to reconnect with her long-estranged ex-husband.
Merrimack Rep presents the comedy March 15 -April 15.
company features Deirdre Madigan as Margaret Whitney
with Joel Colodner, Rebecca Harris, Jay Ben Markson and
This marks the third John Kolvenbach play for director Kyle Fabel, who
commented, “John's plays are all rich, both with irresistible humor
and with deep, complex, compassionate insight into the human soul. This
play has plenty of the former, but perhaps more of the latter than any
of his others. Also, having John more involved in the process this time
around has already proven wonderfully rewarding.”
Kolvenbach explained, “The idea for this play comes from a radio
station which played American standards in the 70's, WNEW
in New York, from the DJ's William B. Williams and
Jonathan Schwartz, and from the mid-career albums of Frank
Sinatra ('Wee Small Hours') and Bob Dylan ('Blood
on the Tracks' and 'Desire'). The play is about romance and loneliness.
It's about the notion that love is a cure for the fundamental human difficulty:
that we are born and remain alone. It's about how that romantic notion
both sustains and betrays us. It’s a comedy. About heartbreak.”
John Kolvenbach is the author of "Goldfish," "Love
Song," "on an average day," "Gizmo Love," "Fabuloso"
and "Mrs. Whitney." His plays have
been performed in Zurich, Melbourne, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires and
Lisbon among many others. His screenplay "Clear Winter
Noon" was selected for the Black List in
2008, and he is currently writing a screenplay for MGM.
Special Events for "Mrs. Whitney"
Pay What You Can Night
March 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Patrons may purchase tickets in cash at the Box Office between 4:30 -
7:30 p.m. and name their ticket price. Following the performance,
there will be a Director’s Dialogue, where the
director and designers field audience questions and describe how the play
March 17 at 8 p.m.
Lowell residents may purchase tickets for $10 at the box office from 5
- 8 p.m. Proper ID is required.
March 18 at 7 p.m.
Audience members are invited to join Merrimack Rep’s staff and cast
after the show in raising a glass of champagne to celebrate the opening.
March 21 at 2 p.m.
Patrons are invited to enjoy complimentary cookies and coffee in the lobby
before the show, courtesy of Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus.
Post Show Forums
March 22, March 29 & April 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Audiences are invited to stay after the performance to learn more and
chat with the actors. Sponsored by Yellowbook.
For tickets and information, stop by the box office at 50
E. Merrimack Street in Lowell, call 978-654-4678 or visit MerrimackRep.org.