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SEPTEMBER 13 – OCTOBER 8:
By Marco Ramirez | Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
All that matters is the fight
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. Tickets are going by the tens of thousands, the press conferences are harrowing and intense—and 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. Learn more.
OCTOBER 18 – NOVEMBER 12:
By Lauren Gunderson | Directed by Sean Daniels
Find your light
Astronomer Henrietta Leavitt trades the comforts of her rural home for a job at the Harvard Observatory in Massachusetts. Her ambition leaves both her family and her new colleagues (women known simply as “computers”) perplexed. But with a single discovery, their views of themselves, each other, and the universe itself will be upended for all time. An incredible story of bold love, boundless determination, and the vast grandeur of the cosmos—an unparalleled treat for the heart, mind, and senses.
(From the creator of MRT's smash hit I and You!) Learn more.
NOVEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 24:
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Adapted by Tony Brown | Directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian
The beloved classic returns!
The greatest Christmas story of all time returns to MRT for the first time in 21 years in a uniquely intimate, three-person production. 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 Ebenezer Scrooge and the rest of your favorite characters to life, joined onstage by two musicians weaving reimagined carols of the period through the beloved story. Inspired by Charles Dickens’ own live storytelling performances and his historical connections to MRT’s home city of Lowell, we’ll remind you of the true meaning of Christmas: the singular joy of fellowship and compassion. Learn more.
JANUARY 10 – FEBRUARY 4:
By Vichet Chum | Directed by KJ Sanchez
Family: The toughest language to learn
Guy works the night shift at a New York hotel and goes to class by day, downing cups of coffee as he tries to navigate oceans of squiggly letters and words with no spaces between them: he’s learning Khmer, the language of his family’s home, Cambodia. He will stumble awkwardly towards fluency. He will embarrass himself and his parents. And he will awaken to parts of his heritage, both beautiful and excruciating, which shine through only in his wildly luminous dreams. Learn more.
FEBRUARY 14 – MARCH 11:
LOST LAUGHS: THE SLAPSTICK TRAGEDY OF FATTY ARBUCKLE
Written by Andy Bayiates and Aaron Muñoz | Directed by Nathan Keepers
Hollywood legend, unexpected tragedy, historic scandal
During silent film’s golden age, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s comedic genius outshone even Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton as Hollywood’s first million-dollar man. Then after one tragic weekend, he became America’s biggest villain. What really happened to him and Virginia Rappe? In the tradition of great vaudeville pairings, Aaron Muñoz is Arbuckle and Kristen Mengelkoch plays Keaton, Rappe, and a host of other characters. Big laughs and shocking truths—the line between comedy and tragedy is thinner than you ever imagined. Learn more.
MARCH 21 – APRIL 15:
LITTLE ORPHAN DANNY
Originally Conceived by Dan Finnerty | Book, Lyrics & Music by Dan Finnerty | Created by Dan Finnerty & Sean Daniels | Additional Music by Dan Lipton
“Danny was a pain in the a**.”
-Sister Mary Margaret
The uproarious musical memoir of The Dan Band’s brilliant frontman Dan Finnerty: Growing up a small town altar boy in a nice conservative family doesn’t always suit our adopted protagonist. Childhood outbursts of blasphemy in church only lead to pathetic adolescent attempts at playing sports. But of the many lessons he’ll learn, none could prepare him for the fateful day he and his mother meet the woman who gave birth to him. An irreverent-yet-tender story of a boy and the women who made him. Learn more.
APRIL 25 – MAY 20:
THE VILLAINS' SUPPER CLUB
By Lila Rose Kaplan | Directed by Sean Daniels
A comedy about motherhood and villainy
Kapow! Galactic Girl fends off multiple dastardly villains. Woosh! She’s home in time to feed her baby and maybe even feed herself. When the last superhero on earth is also a new mom, there's no time to lose. Can she save the planet and call back the pediatrician? Or will she fall victim to her arch rival’s many nefarious schemes? From Lila Rose Kaplan (Home of the Brave) comes an epic, irresistible comedy for anyone who’s ever had to be a superhero. Learn more.
Pictured: Vichet Chum (KNYUM) | Aaron Muñoz and Kristen Mengelkoch (Lost Laughs) | Dan Finnerty (Little Orphan Danny)