Fall 2010 Guide: Artistic Director's Introduction

This fall, I invite you to join us at the A.R.T., where we continue our commitment to expand the boundaries of theater by exploring both classics and exciting new work.

Our season opens with rock star Amanda Palmer of Dresden Dolls fame starring as the Emcee in Cabaret. Our club theater OBERON will be transformed into the Kit Kat Klub for this classic Kander and Ebb musical set in Weimar Berlin. Come join the outrageous and provocative Palmer for an experience where “life is beautiful” and nothing is quite what it seems.

In December on our Loeb Mainstage, the sound of Weimer cabaret fuses with country-western music in The Blue Flower, a new musical by Jim and Ruth Bauer. Complete with silent films and a live on-stage nine-piece “Weimarband,” The Blue Flower rides the twisted rails of history from Belle Époque Paris through the battlefields of the Great War and beyond. Our Loeb lobby will be home to Cabaret Voltaire, an homage to the real Dada café that is one of the inspirations for The Blue Flower. Gather with your friends in our beer garden—before or after the show!

In September and October, don’t miss our New American Voices series featuring the work of three dynamic young American playwrights. As part of that series, we are delighted to bring Alice vs. Wonderland, a remix of Lewis Carroll’s familiar story, to the Loeb Mainstage following its sold-out three-month run in Moscow last spring. Staged by internationally acclaimed director János Szász, Alice vs. Wonderland features the A.R.T. Institute Class of 2011 and a script written by Institute alum Brendan Shea. Lastly, director Robert Scanlan brings to life the rarely seen Drums in the Night by Bertolt Brecht, also featuring our A.R.T. Institute students.

In this guide, you will find interviews with our artists, essays about the productions, and all the details you need to buy your tickets. On behalf of everyone at the A.R.T., welcome to our 2010/11 season!

Diane Paulus,
Artistic Director

Diane Paulus
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