by Marco Ramirez
Merrimack Repertory Theater, Lowell, MA / September 13-October 8, 2017
The next time Jay Jackson enters the ring, he’ll become the first black man ever to fight for the title of World Heavyweight Champion. As America gears up for the fight of a lifetime, Jackson and his colleagues greet the dawn of a new era that none of them can begin to comprehend. With power and grit, The Royale brings staggering focus to a pivotal moment in sports history.
A Christmas Carol
Adapted by Tony Brown
Merrimack Repertory Theater, Lowell, MA / November 29-December 24
The greatest Christmas story of all time returns to MRT for the first time in 21 years. Inspired by Charles Dickens' own live storytelling performances, Joel Colodner (It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Going to See the Kid) uses his dexterous voice and inventive acting to bring this beloved tale to life.
by Dominique Morisseau
Huntington Theatre Company, Boston, MA / March 2-31, 2018
In the breakroom of the last small auto plant still standing, a makeshift family of workers swap stories, share dreams, and take pride in their work. When confronted with the possibility of the factory closing, power dynamics shift and each is pushed to the limits of survival.
by Eleanor Burgess
Portland Stage, Portland Maine / April 3-22, 2018
In this riveting two-person drama Zoe, an African American student, and Janine, her white professor, meet to discuss their differing views on Zoe’s paper about slavery and the American Revolution. This polite clash of ideas soon landslides into an explosive discussion of race, history, privilege, and social justice.