O.P.C.
A.R.T. Season
November 28, 2014 - January 4, 2015

A new comedy from Eve Ensler, the author of The Vagina MonologuesO.P.C. is an exploration of consumption and politics that asks, “How are we to survive as a species if we insist on destroying the world we love?” A dumpster-diving freegan is doing just fine squatting in an abandoned apartment, but when her mother, a candidate running for the Senate, tries to make her toe the party line, radicalism comes into collision with mainstream liberalism. Mother and daughter wrestle with the inconvenient truths at the heart of consumer culture, tossed between political compromise and "obsessive political correctness."

Click here to read the full O.P.C. program.

Click here to learn about Freeganism and the themes discussed in O.P.C. in our fall Guide.

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Really, Really, Free Events

In exploration and celebration of the issues explored in O.P.C., the A.R.T. welcomed audiences to a series of free events, including skillshares, post-show discussions, and an interactive lobby experience featuring artists from our community. Click here to learn more. 

 
Lobby Exhibits

We pulled together an interactive exhibition of work from our community partners, local artists, and students in our neighborhood.

For the duration of the production, we displayed photographs, trashion, and eco-friendly furniture from local artists: 

  •            An O.P.C.-inspired photography project by students at CRLS
  •            High trashion dresses by Jackie Olivia
  •            An eco-friendly living room made by teens from Artists for Humanity
The Creation of O.P.C.: 

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Creative team
By Eve Ensler
Directed by Pesha Rudnik
Scenic Design Brett J. Banakis
Costume Design ESosa
Lighting Design Bradley King
Sound Design Jane Shaw
Projection Design Shawn Sagady
Movement Jill Johnson
Casting Stephen Kopel, C.S.A.
Production Stage Manager Taylor Adamik
Cast
Mrs. M and others Nancy Linehan Charles
Kansas Nicole Lowrance
Sister Ro and others Liz Mikel
Smith Kate Mulligan
Damien Peter Porte
Prakash and others Babak Tafti
Romi Olivia Thirlby
Bruce Michael T. Weiss
Additional staff
Assistant Stage Manager Stephanie M. Holmes
Assistant Director Annabell Reader
Dramaturg

Robert Duffley

Voice Coach Erika Bailey
Assistant Set Designers

Rebecca Phillips, Mia Cook

Scenery Studio Assistant

Rachel Vaught

Assistant Costume Designer

Adrienne Nussey

Production Assistants

Cate Agis, Nina Goodheart, Megan Jones

Managing Director, Eve Ensler and Lotus Productions

Tony Montenieri

ASL Coach

Michael Krajnak

Access Services Consultant

Mary Beth Peters

Carpenters

Thomas Eckenfels, Bill Hawkins, Derek Jay, David Jewitt, Dan Lincoln, Jimmy Lynch, Marty Lynch, Brian Melcher, Dane Palmer, Andy Remillard, Ray Reyes, Nick Tosches

Scenic Painters

Elizabeth Johnson, Richard Ouellette

Carpentry Intern

Mehran Jahedi

Wig and Makeup Stylist

Amber Voner

Stitchers

Sally Ravitz, Michelle Johnson Ross, Carol Schaberg

Props Carpenter

Christine Goldman

Props Artisans

Brendan Conroy, Lisa Guild, Susanna Labowitz

Props Free Shopper

Amy James

First Hand

Chelsea Kerl

Crafts

Jen Bennett, Jackie Olivia

Sound Crew

Kevin Corzett, Dylan Foley, Chris "Thunda" Kurtz, Michael Policare, Nell Robinson

Ms. Mulligan's wig by Jared J. Janas
Additional Lighting Equipment provided by Christie Lites
Television Equipment provided by Robert Massey, Pulse Media
Additional Sound Support: Sound Associates, d&b audiotechnik 

 

Understudies

For Romi: Natalie Battistone; For Smith: Ingrid Werner; For Bruce: Corey Sullivan; For Kansas: Kristen Wetherington; For Damien: Kevin Wade; For Mrs. M, Sister Ro, Prakash, and others: Ahmad Maksoud

 

Special Thanks

David Binder; Carole Black; Jennifer Buffett; Myunghee Cho; Liz Perlman and Costume Works; Global Green USA; Johann Hari; Rachael Kadish and Maximus Thaler; Naomi Klein; George Lane; James Lecesne; Joe Machota; Pat Mitchell; New York Stage and Film; Nancy Rose; Scott Seydel; David Stone; Steven Stone; UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television; Susan Celia Swan, Cecile Lipworth, and the V-DAY team; Monique Wilson.

Eve Ensler's new play poses the question "What is garbage?" in a plea for enlightened consumerism. More

Political correctness is a hostile phrase. It is used as a dismissal of those who criticize the systems of power. The phrase is used to squash and indict those who question and criticize. They are pigeonholed as being too pure, too uncompromising, too demanding, too narrow. Ensler takes the phrase and ups the ante to an obsession. She turns the tables and fuses them inside out: OPC becomes the diagnosis for those who care too much. More

Sure, there are preachy moments, but for the most part Ensler finds the tricky balance between drama and comedy, between making some serious points and inducing some genuine laughs. The actors, main and supporting, nail it. The characters, while exaggerated at times, are not caricatures, and all of them evolve their positions over the course of the play. More

For Thirlby, a Shakespearean-trained stage and screen actor who is known for Juno and Dredd, this character is the one she’s been looking for. “Oftentimes when you read a great role,” she says, “you never get the opportunity to play it, so this is exciting for me.” More

“How are we to survive as a species if we insist on destroying the world we love?” More

The actress, who's appearing in A.R.T.'s new show, says she picked up a few tips from her character. More

Press Releases

The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, Diane Paulus, Artistic Director, is presenting multiple free events in connection to its world premiere production of Eve Ensler’s O.P.C. (Obsessive Political Correctness) at the Loeb Drama Center. The events include Pre-Show Skillshares (workshops by artists, activists, and community members); a meet-and-greet with the artists behind the O.P.C. Lobby Installation; and special talkbacks with policymakers, activists and scholars, including award-winning author Naomi Klein.
American Repertory Theater begins performances of the world premier of O.P.C. by Eve Ensler and directed by Pesha Rudnick from November 28 - January 4.

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Ticket prices

From $25

Run time

2 and a half hours with one intermission

Venue

64 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Age Appropriateness

O.P.C. is recommended for grades 10 and up due to mature language and sexual content.

ASL Interpreted

 

12/30, 7:30PM
1/4, 2:00PM

Audio Described

 

12/30, 7:30PM*
1/3, 2:00PM*
 
*Touch tour 1 hour prior

 

Access

Accessibilty
Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

Post-performance discussions took place after the following matinee performances: 

12/6, 12/10, 12/13, 12/17, 12/20

 

Click here to learn about some of the special talkbacks and O.P.C. Community Events we hosted.

Performance sponsors:

This work was supported, in part, by The Robert Brustein Endowment for New Work.