Press Release: 2016 Military Night at MRT

DATE: November 28, 2016
CONTACT: Kate Brandt,
PR CONTACT PHONE: 978-654-7595
BOX OFFICE: 978-654-4678


Low-cost tickets offered to active and veteran military and families to world-premiere Red Sox play for Christmas

December 8, 2016

Lowell, MA – For the third year in a row, Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) will offer half-price tickets to members of the local service community. This year’s Military Night will be at a performance of “Going to See the Kid,” the one-of-a-kind Red Sox Christmas play being premiered at MRT this Holiday season. MRT also offers a regular Military Discount of $10 off per ticket (up to four tickets per production) for all other performances of “Going to See the Kid,” as well as its entire season. These discounts apply active duty, retired, veteran, and reservist members of the military. Patrons should show military ID or other proof of service when picking up their tickets from the Box Office.

The performance will be at 7:30 pm on Thursday December 8, and will be followed by a post-show discussion with the cast of the play. Tickets can be reserved using the code MIL50, and picked up at the Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, located at 50 East Merrimack Street in historic downtown Lowell. Tickets (post-discount) range from $35-$13 and are on sale now at or by calling 978-654-4678.

Blue Star Theatres
Blue Star Theatres is a collaboration between Theatre Communications Group and Blue Star Families. Since its launch in 2012, Blue Star Theatres has worked to build strong connections between the American military community and live theatres across the country. Each participating theatre offers discounted access to its performances, to foster a sense of belonging at the theatre not just for active service members, but also for veterans and military families. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is one of eight members in Massachusetts, and one of 153 members nationwide.

About “Going to See the Kid”
“Going to See the Kid” receives its world premiere at Merrimack Repertory Theatre this holiday season, after extensive development through workshops at both MRT and Vermont’s Weston Playhouse.

The play follows Ellis and Simon, two reporters for the Boston Globe in 2001, on assignment to land a final interview with aging Red Sox legend Ted Williams in Florida. Scrappy, quick-witted Ellis couldn’t be more different from the cultured and high-minded Simon. But on the road trip to the Sunshine State, where they at last meet the beloved ball player, they learn both the inestimable value of teammates—on and off the field. It’s a tribute to a true Boston icon, to the light that shines on long after the last pitch is thrown, and to holiday spirit and warmth—all the way from Fenway to Florida.

“Going to See the Kid” has received support from the Walmart Foundation. Circle Health is the 2016-17 Season Sponsor. Merrimack Repertory Theatre is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT) has been Merrimack Valley’s professional theatre company since 1979, and is an integral part of Lowell’s identity as the cultural heart of the region. MRT produces vibrant, contemporary plays that explore what it means to be alive today. A seven-show season runs from September through May in the intimate 279-seat Nancy L. Donahue Theatre. The company is known as a leader in producing new plays, especially world and regional premieres. MRT is one of 72 theaters nationwide (one of three in Massachusetts) with membership in LORT (the League of Resident Theatres).

MRT 2016-17 SEASON
“45 Plays for 45 Presidents” by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg, Directed by Sean Daniels
September 7 – October 2, 2016

“Abigail/1702” by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Directed by Tlaloc Rivas
October 12 – November 6, 2016

“Going to See the Kid” by Steven Drukman, Directed by Alexander Greenfield
November 30 – December 24, 2016

“The Making of a Great Moment” by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Directed by Sean Daniels
January 4 – 29, 2017

“Women in Jeopardy!” by Wendy MacLeod, Directed by Sean Daniels
February 15 – March 12, 2017

“Chill” by Eleanor Burgess, Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
March 22 – April 16, 2017

“My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend” Conceived and performed by Charissa Bertels, Book and lyrics by Christian Duhamel, Music and lyrics by Edward Bell, Directed by Sean Daniels
April 26 – May 21, 2017

Merrimack Repertory Theatre
Performance Space: The Nancy L. Donahue Theatre 
(In Liberty Hall, adjacent to Lowell Memorial Auditorium)
50 E. Merrimack Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Box Office: 978-654-4678