Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps
A.R.T. Season
OBERON Shows
March 16, 2012 through April 15, 2012
“Like an old time variety show... Tunis and Alvarez trade lyrics so sweet and silly they sound like the Moldy Peaches’ campy, country cousin.”
Spin Magazine

In this Civil War sci-fi musical, the Union soldier Julian Munro and the brilliant mathematician Ada Lovelace transcend time to invent an omnipotent steam-powered brain. Blending American indie-folk music with dreams of invention, FUTURITY explores a world where utopia seems within reach.

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FUTURITY Video Trailer: 

FUTURITY - A Musical by The Lisps (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

Creative team
Music by

Cesar Alvarez with The Lisps

Lyrics by Cesar Alvarez
Book by

Molly Rice and César Alvarez

Directed by Sarah Benson
Choreographer Annie-B Parson
Production Design Emily Orling
Set/Costume Design David Israel Reynoso
Lighting Design Austin R. Smith
Sound Design Matt Tierney
Music Superviser César Alvarez
Music Director Debra Barsha
Mechanical Percussion Designer Eric Farber
Associate Director Meghan Finn
Assistant Choreographer Chris Giarmo
Stage Manager Kate Ailinger*
   
CAST  
Julian Munro César Alvarez*
Ada Lovelace Sammy Tunis*
The General Edwin Lee Gibson*
Lady Byron Anne Gottlieb*
The Sergeant Aaron Schroeder*
Vincent Chelsey Donn*
Steam Brain Engineers/Musicians Eric Farber*, Ben Simon*, Lorenzo Wolff
Ezra/Scientist Carl James
Japhy/Scientist Michael Kane
Miles/Scientist Milia Ayache
The Soldiers, Scientists, and Others Matthew Christian, Liza Dickinson, Teri Gamble, Rose Hogan, Lindsey Liberatore
   
Additional Staff  
Assistant Stage Manager Cassie M. Seinuk*
Assistant Lighting Designer Heather Smaha
Dramaturgy Annie DiMario
Dance Captain Aaron Schroeder*
Music Preparation Aimee Czura and Balint Varga
   
(*) Member of Actor's Equity Association

 

 

 

Futurity was developed in part through a commission from the Walker Art Center.
Futurity was developed in association with Christopher Maring and Rusty Thelin.

Additional support provided by The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust.
 

The design concept for "Futurity" – a show you could describe as a Civil War sci-fi musical, if you wanted to both inform and confuse readers – was picked up, piece by piece, at junk yards, yard sales and antiques shows. That’s where Eric Farber, drummer for the Lisps (the folk-roots-rock group that conceived and performs this strange new musical that’s making its world premiere at Oberon in Cambridge), started assembling his trash menagerie of Industrial Age mechanical devices that are both archaic and futuristic. More

Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps began as a concept album about an imaginative Civil War soldier who dreams of building a machine that creates peace and evolved into a staged musical that combines history, science fiction, technology, and imagination. Upon entering Oberon for the world premiere of Futurity, leave your presumptions about musical theater at the door. Born of the art world and the indie rock scene, the show is part performance art, part rock concert, and totally defies conventional labels. More

It isn't easy to put together a 90-minute musical that includes the Civil War, the birth of computer programming, indie rock, the internal dynamics of Lord Byron's family, mathematical formulas, and writing letters back and forth about an invention that will either save the world or be a precursor to the atom bomb. More

A female scientist, a poetic script, gizmos, and an intellectual romance — “Futurity” has everything a hipster intellectual could ask for. The show revolves around the cast’s magnetic stage presence which, when combined with an innovative set design, makes this show a quirky musical triumph. More

WGBH critic Jared Bowen reviews Futurity: A Musical by the Lisps on the air More

"The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), under the artistic direction of Diane Paulus, is pleased to announce the productions that will be part of the A.R.T.'s 2011/12 Season." - BroadwayWorld.com More

"The American Repertory Theater has announced its full 2011-2012 season, which will launch with the previously announced production of Porgy and Bess, starring Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis. Also planned are world premieres of Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps and a play based on Jung Chang's Wild Swans." - Playbill.com More

"...the ART's 2011-12 season, Paulus's third as artistic director, shows another way in which she's setting the company apart: The lineup features a bounty of female playwrights and directors." - Boston.com More

"American Repertory Theatre has announced its 2011-2012 season for the Loeb Drama Center, which, as previously announced, will open with The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, running August 17 - October 2. Diane Paulus will direct the production that will star Norm Lewis and Audra McDonald in the title roles." - TheaterMania More

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For Immediate Release February 17, 2012Contact: Kati Mitchell 617-495-2668kati_mitchell@Harvard.edu American Repertory TheaterPresents the World Premiere of  FUTURITY: A MUSICAL BY THE LISPSMusic by...

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Ticket prices

From $25

Run time

100 Minutes with no intermission

Venue

2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Need to know

Recommended for ages 14+; Under 18 must be accompanied by a guardian or attend with permission of a guardian.

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