2015/16 Subscriptions

Subscriptions for the 2015/16 Season will go on sale to renewing subscribers on May 6 and to the public on May 26, 2015. Subscribers get the best seats at the best prices, with packages starting as low as $99. Join our email list to be notified when the full season goes on sale. 

2015/16 Season Includes

Book by Jessie Nelson
Music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Based on the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly
Directed by Diane Paulus
Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must choose between her commitments and her dreams. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness — but Jenna ultimately has to decide for herself. Featuring music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”) and directed by Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland), this poignant and uplifting new musical celebrates talent hiding in the most unlikely places. Begins August 2015 at the Loeb Drama Center.
Music and Libretto by Dave Malloy
Directed by Rachel Chavkin

Natasha is young, Anatole is hot, and Andrey isn’t here…But what about Pierre? Based on a scandalous 70-page slice of War and Peace, this electropop opera is Tolstoy like you’ve never experienced him before. Step into a glamorous, romantic world of chandeliers, vodka and caviar in the salons and opera houses of 19th century Moscow, where passions ignite as Napoleon’s war rages outside the city. With the cast and musicians swirling among audience members, this new musical brings to life the heart of literature’s most epic tale of love and fate. Begins December 2015 at the Loeb Drama Center.

Conceived, Written, and Adapted by Mark Rylance and Louis Jenkins
Directed by Claire van Kampen
Featuring Mark Rylance

On a lake in frozen Minnesota, the ice is beginning to creak and groan. It’s the end of the fishing season, and two men are out on the ice one last time, angling for answers to life’s larger questions. A play woven together from the acclaimed prose poems of Louis Jenkins, Nice Fish reflects nature with a wry surreality. As Jenkins writes, they “are after something big, something down there that is pure need, something that, had it the wherewithal, would swallow them whole.” Written and adapted by Louis Jenkins and Mark Rylance, Nice Fish brings a groundbreaking collaboration to the A.R.T. and St. Ann's Warehouse in Brooklyn. Begins January 2016 at the Loeb Drama Center.

By George Orwell
A New Adaptation Created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan 
Presented in association with Headlong, Almeida Theatre, and Nottingham Playhouse

April, 1984. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is always watching, and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. The definitive book of the 20th century is re-examined in a radical, award-winning adaptation exploring surveillance, identity and why Orwell’s vision of the future is as relevant now as ever. This ground-breaking production comes direct from the UK and an extended smash-hit run in the West End – and continues Headlong’s commitment to interrogating the most important cultural texts, following productions of Six Characters In Search Of An Author, King Lear and Romeo and JulietBegins February 2016 at the Loeb Drama Center.

Written and Performed by Eve Ensler

Directed by Diane Paulus
Farkas Hall at Harvard University

In this world-premiere adaptation of her critically acclaimed 2013 memoir, Eve Ensler (The Vagina Monologues, Emotional Creature, The Good Body, O.P.C.) celebrates the strength and joy that connect a single body to the planet. As an activist and artist, Ensler has spent her career speaking about the female body. While working in the Congo, where war continues to inflict devastating violence on women, she was diagnosed with stage III/IV uterine cancer. This diagnosis erased the boundaries between Ensler’s art, her work, and her own body. In this raw, humorous, and bold performance, Ensler charts the connections between the personal and the public, inviting and challenging all of us to come back into our bodies, and thus the world. Begins April 2016 at Farkas Hall at Harvard University.

Created by the TEAM
Directed by Rachel Chavkin

On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of the painfully shy meat processing plant worker, Ann, and over what kind of man or woman Ann should become. Set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis is a new work about gender, appetite, and the multitudes we contain. Mixing athleticism with artistic experimentation, celebrated theater troupe the TEAM has explored American myths from Gone with the Wind to Howl with a zany, irreverent theatricality. The TEAM returns to A.R.T. after their production Particularly in the Heartland was featured in the 2010 Emerging America Festival. Begins May 2016 at OBERON.



The Pirate Princess
Book by Lila Rose Kaplan
Music & Lyrics by Mike Pettry
Directed by Allegra Libonati
Featuring Actors from the A.R.T. Institute Class of 2016
From the creators of the A.R.T.’s beloved production of The Light Princess comes a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas. When a giant sea monster destroys their ship, seafaring twins Violet and Victor are separated. Lost in a world of rowdy pirates and lovesick royals, the siblings must be crafty and brave to reunite. Along the way, they learn a lot about love, and a little bit about painting and the ukulele. Adapted from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, this family musical is appropriate for all ages. Begins December 2015 at the Loeb Drama Center.



OBERON, A.R.T.’s second stage is a destination for theater and nightlife on the fringe of Harvard Square.
The 2015/16 Season features headline performances including: 
Ghost Quartet
Music, Lyrics, and Text by Dave Malloy
Developed and Arranged by Ghost Quartet
Directed by Annie Tippe
A song cycle about love, death, and whiskey. A camera breaks and four friends drink in an interwoven tale spanning seven centuries, with a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk. Begins September 2015 at OBERON.
Kansas City Choir Boy
Featuring Courtney Love & Todd Almond 
Directed by Kevin Newbury
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Musical Direction by David Bloom
Kansas City Choir Boy is a theatricalized concept album about love altered by unexpected fate. A mystery told through flashbacks, the show tells the story of two lovers in small town America who separate when one goes in search of destiny and then disappears. Borrowing themes from ancient myth, the show features songs by acclaimed composer/lyricist Todd Almond performed by rock icon Courtney Love and Mr. Almond. They are joined by a chorus of sirens and musicians. Directed by Kevin Newbury, this is a love song for the computer age and a product of the 24-hour news cycle that feeds on the stories of the anonymous “missing.” Begins October 2015 at OBERON.
Song of a Convalescent Ayn Rand Giving Thanks to the Godhead (In the Lydian Mode)
Created and performed by Wolf 359
Written by Michael Yates Crowley
Directed by Michael Rau
Inspired by the migraine diaries of the show’s writer, Michael Yates Crowley, he and director Michael Rau conduct a wild ride through the history of illness and art, with guest appearances by Ayn Rand, Beethoven, and a mid-career drag queen from Peoria, IL in this comic, moving, and philosophical show. Begins October 2015 at OBERON.
One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro
By Louis Greenstein & Kate Ferber
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Featuring Kate Ferber
This acclaimed one-woman show celebrates the music and creative force of the late singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer whose pop masterpieces - including “Eli’s Comin’,” “And When I Die,” “Save the Country,” and “Stoney End” - topped the charts in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Begins December 2015 at OBERON.
Ubu Sings Ubu
Starring Tony Torn and Julie Atlas Muz as Pa and Ma Ubu
Co-directed and choreographed by Dan Safer
Adapted and Co-directed by Tony Torn
Produced by Presence Productions in association with 
The Solo Foundation and Verse Theatre Manhattan
LIVE BAND ON STAGE! DANCING GIRLS! MAYHEM AND DESTRUCTION! DRINKS! Ubu Sings Ubu is a theatrical mash up of Alfred Jarry’s absurdist satire Ubu Roi and the art punk songs of the cult experimental band Pere Ubu. Begins February 2016 at OBERON.
H.M.S. Pinafore
Presented by The Hypocrites
Directed and Adapted by Sean Graney
Sail the Ocean Blue! Welcome aboard the H.M.S. Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan's classic operetta re-imagined by The Hypocrites. Captain Cat Coran tries to marry her son to the lofty Admiral Dame Jo-Anne but he falls in love with a lowborn sailress. This new version adapted by Sean Graney, Andra Velis Simon and Matt Kahler features versions of all the well-known H.M.S. Pinafore songs like "I'm Called Little Buttercup". A cast of ten act as their own orchestra. Begins March 2016 at OBERON.


And don’t miss A.R.T.’s popular The Donkey Show directed by Diane Paulus, continuing for its 7th season at OBERON every Saturday night. 


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