Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes with no intermission.
$5 Night - Thursday, October 23, 7:30 pm
Opening Night - Sunday, October 26, 7:00 pm
Lowell Night - Wednedsay, October 29, 7:30 pm
Post-Show Panel Discussion - Wednesday, October 29, following 7:30 performance
Ladies Night - Thursday, October 30, 7:30 pm
Post-Show Panel Discussion - Wednesday, November 5, following 7:30 performance
Military Night - Sunday, November 9, 7:00 pm
As a playwright, Stephen Belber’s work has been produced on Broadway and in over twenty-five countries. His plays include Match (Tony nomination for Frank Langella); Dusk Rings a Bell (Atlantic Theater Company); Tape (Naked Angels NY/L.A./London); McReele (Roundabout Theater); A Small, Melodramatic Story (Labyrinth Theater Company); Geometry of Fire, (Rattlestick); Fault Lines (Cherry Lane); One Million Butterflies (Primary Stages); and Carol Mulroney (Huntington Theater Company). He was an Associate Writer on The Laramie Project (Drama Desk and Lortel nominations), and co-writer on the more recent Laramie Project: Ten Years Later. Movies include “Tape,” directed by Richard Linklater; “The Laramie Project” (Associate Writer/Emmy Nomination for screenwriting); “Drifting Elegant;” and “Management,” which he also directed, starring Jennifer Aniston and Steve Zahn. He is currently developing screen adaptations of both Match and McReele. Television includes “Rescue Me” and “Law & Order SVU” (staff writer). He is a member of both Tectonic Theater Project and the Labyrinth Theater Company.
MRT: Debut. Off-Broadway: Sight Unseen, Manhattan Theatre Club (Drama Desk nomination); Soho Rep; WPA Theatre. Regional: Artistic director at the Cleveland Playhouse 2004-13; Gross Indecency (Elliot Norton Award, Best production), Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Huntington Theatre Company; The Writing Game, The Road to Nirvana. ART; Nora, The Guardsman, Sweet Bird of Youth (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Dinner with Friends, Humana Festival, ATL; South Coast Rep; Berkley Rep; Old Globe Theatre; Long Wharf Theatre; Kansas City Rep; Geffen Playhouse; Paper Mill Playhouse; Seattle Rep. International: The Glass Menagerie, The Miracle Worker, Geki Shobo Inc., Tokyo. Other: Michael has taught at: Harvard/ART, UCLA, NYA, University of Texas, Austin, and Case Western Reserve University. His written works include: Jane Austen’s Emma (Samuel French), Christmas Freud, The Fagin Effect, Thinking Like a Director (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2001), as well as articles in both the American Theatre Magazine and the New York Times.
MRT: Debut. Regional: The Sisters Rosenweig, Portland Stage; Social Creatures, House & Garden, A Christmas Carol, Trinity Repertory Company; The Libertine, Bridge Rep of Boston; The Whaleship Essex, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hotline, The Vineyard Playhouse; Body Awareness, Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre; 1:23, Perishable Theatre. Education: D’Arcy received her M.F.A from Trinity Repertory Conservatory, and studied at École Internationale de Théâtre Jaques Lecoq.
MRT: Debut. Broadway: Summer and Smoke. Off-Broadway: One Arm, Levittown. National Tour: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Regional: Baltimore Center Stage, Studio Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Co., Playmakers Rep. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Portland Stage, Vermont Stage, Hudson Stage, Delaware Theatre, John W. Engeman Theatre, Key West Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, The Wilma and The Human Race Theatre Co. Film: Top Floor (SXSW 2013), Sides, and Guests of a Nation.
Dusk Rings a Bell
Dusk Rings a Bell by Stephen Belber, directed by Michael Bloom. Running at Merrimack Repertory Theatre October 23 - November 16, 2014.
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Read MRT's interview with Playwright Stephen Belber
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Hub Review: "And yet . . . the play somehow haunts. This is partly because, whatever flaws the script may have, its production at Merrimack probably could not be bettered. Driven by two remarkable performances from D'Arcy Dersham and Todd Lawson, under the subtle direction of Michael Bloom, it's nothing less than superb, and steadily engrossing in spite of its author's occasional tics. But then the two-hander that sneaks up on you thanks to deeply-imagined star turns is by now a Merrimack tradition. (Which is why I schlep up to Lowell to see their shows!)
Joyce Kulhawik: "...a small surprise of a play...that rings true."
Lowell Sun Preview article: 'Dusk Rings a Bell' delves into redemption at MRT
Read the press release or visit the Press Resource Page for this show
"With DUSK RINGS A BELL, playwright Stephen Belber...has crafted a funny, poignant, heartbreaking play about second changes and redemption." - NY Press