Merrimack Repertory Theatre’s 2020-21 Season


The Lowell Offering
By Andy Bayiates and Genevra Gallo-Bayiates
Directed by Jess Hutchinson
World Premiere October 21-November 8, 2020

In 1840 in Lowell, MA, a group of factory workers began publishing the world’s first magazine written solely by women; it was called The Lowell Offering. This is the story of the magazine’s editor, Harriet Farley, and a labor activist, Sarah Bagley – and the rise and fall of their friendship, the magazine, and Lowell’s “Mill Girl” culture.


November 25-December 20, 2020

The holiday show will be announced in August.


Erma Bombeck: At Wit’s End
By Allison Engel and Margaret Engel
Directed by Terry Berliner
January 6-24, 2021

A celebration of humorist Erma Bombeck, At Wit’s End rejoices in the life of a woman considered to be one of America’s funniest moms, who championed the everyday lives of housewives with a daring truth few of her generation were willing to tell.


Ken Ludwig’s
Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery
February 10-28, 2021
Directed by Courtney Sale

The game’s afoot! As side-splitting as it is spine-tingling, Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery reinvents the master detective’s most famous mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles. Holmes and Watson join three madcap actors, who play more than 40 characters, in a race to save the life of the Baskerville family heir. You’ll howl with glee as they tackle a dizzying array of clues to arrive at the truth about the mysterious hound from hell.


Wild Horses
By Allison Gregory
Directed by Courtney Sale
March 17-April 4, 2021

Do you remember being a teenager? A woman hilariously recounts one summer of her youth: those first feelings of all-consuming love, the emergence of her own identity, the realization that all things are not as they should be, and the sheer intoxication of sweet freedom. With a little help from her friends Skinny Lynny and Zabby, she sets out to right an injustice with exhilarating, heartbreaking, and life-changing results. Those teen years? It will all come rushing back when you join her on the ride of a lifetime.

Features a 70s soundtrack: “A Horse with No Name,” “Smoke on the Water,” “Shambala,” “Me and Mrs. Jones,” “The Cisco Kid,” “Dancing in the Moonlight,” and more.


Young Americans
By Lauren Yee
World Premiere April 21-May 9, 2021
A Co-Production with Portland Center Stage, OR

There’s nothing more American than a road trip. Immigrants Joe and Jenny share a raucous ride from coast to coast, filled with roadside motels, tourist traps, the awkward getting-to-know-you revelations of a young couple, and an insanely unforgettable trip to IHOP. Twenty years later, Joe picks up their daughter at college, and the two embark on the exact same trip – this time without Jenny. Young Americans asks, how do we share our life’s journey with our children?


Every Brilliant Thing
By Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe
May 19-June 7, 2021

What makes life worth living? Ice cream, water fights, peeing in the sea, the word plinth, the even numbered Star Trek films, watching someone watch your favourite film, dancing in private, the way Ray Charles sings the word ‘You’. . .

Mom’s very sick and needs cheering up. Her young child starts a list of the little moments in life that bring bliss, delight, and uncontrollable laughter – and continues the list for years and years, a list of thousands. A jolt of joy, Every Brilliant Thing is a unique interactive theatrical experience that will take you on a journey of healing and rejuvenation – a vital reminder of all that life has to give.


Season Subscriptions for all seven plays start at $ 133, with student subscriptions at $70. Current prices offer a 25% discount and expire May 8. To purchase, visit or contact the MRT Box Office at 978-654-4678.