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Book by Jessie Nelson
Music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles
Based on the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly
Directed by Diane Paulus
NATASHA, PIERRE, & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
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 Juliet. Begins February 2016 at the Loeb Drama Center.
IN THE BODY OF THE WORLD
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.
FAMILY HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING
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
A.R.T. PRESENTS AT OBERON
Music, Lyrics, and Text by Dave Malloy
Developed and Arranged by Ghost Quartet
Directed by Annie Tippe
Kansas City Choir Boy
Featuring Courtney Love & Todd Almond
Directed by Kevin Newbury
Choreography by Sam Pinkleton
Musical Direction by David Bloom
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
One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro
By Louis Greenstein & Kate Ferber
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Featuring Kate Ferber
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
Presented by The Hypocrites
Directed and Adapted by Sean Graney
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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