2 Pianos 4 Hands Creator Greenblatt Will Stage His Hit in MA in 2008

News   2 Pianos 4 Hands Creator Greenblatt Will Stage His Hit in MA in 2008 Richard Greenblatt, co-author of the award-winning, internationally renowned production 2 Pianos 4 Hands, will direct the show for Merrimack Repertory Theatre in January 2008.
2 Pianos 4 Hands co-creators Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt.
2 Pianos 4 Hands co-creators Ted Dykstra and Richard Greenblatt. Photo by Robert Bodrog

Greenblatt has performed the show over 750 times in theatres across the globe. 2 Pianos 4 Hands is a two-man theatrical production featuring "24 musical pieces, over a dozen different characters and zero costume changes—adding up to tons of energy and talent." The music-filled comedy tells the story of two Canadian boys who dream of concert piano stardom and share their journey through "grueling practices and nail-biting competitions."

The play requires actors that are classically trained pianists, making casting for the semi-autobiographical roles difficult for Greenblatt and his co-creator/co-star Ted Dykstra. Two of the writers' favorite actors in the roles — Richard Carsey and Tom Frey — will appear in the Lowell, MA, staging.

Carsey has played the role of Richard over 100 times, and Frey has taken the stage as Ted over 300 times in such venues as Dallas Theater Center, Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Laguna Playhouse, Hartford Stage and elsewhere.

To make this production possible, MRT rearranged the 2007-08 schedule. The first three plays are reordered with the same show dates; the final three shows remain unchanged.

The revised schedule will be:

  • Oct. 4-28: The Pursuit of Happiness by Richard Dresser
  • Nov. 15-Dec. 9: Tunney/Shakespeare in Six Rounds by David E. Lane
  • Jan. 1-27, 2008: 2 Pianos 4 Hands by Ted Dykstra And Richard Greenblatt
  • Feb. 7-March 2, 2008: The Missionary Position by Keith Reddin
  • March 13-April 6, 2008: Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance
  • April 17-May 11, 2008: The Four of Us by Itamar Moses For information call (978) 654-4MRT or visit www.merrimackrep.org.