2016/17 Season

 



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The 2016/17 A.R.T. Season 

Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education
Created, written, and performed by Anna Deavere Smith 
Music composed and performed by Marcus Shelby
A leader in national conversations on race and justice, Anna Deavere Smith (Fires in the Mirror; Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992; Let Me Down Easy; "Nurse Jackie") now asks audiences to talk back. Urgent and inspiring, Notes from the Field traces the connections between America’s education system and its mass incarceration crisis. In Act One, Smith’s trademark portrait performances introduce the students, parents, teachers, and administrators caught in America’s school-to-prison pipeline. In the tradition of call and response, a second act of facilitated discussions asks audiences to evaluate their own position in a network of difficult histories and devastating social policies.
 
The 2015 Jefferson Lecturer and the winner of a 2012 National Humanities Medal and the 2016 Guggenheim Fellowship for Theatre Arts (for the development of Notes from the Field), as well as a 1996 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Anna Deavere Smith is a pioneering artist. Her mastery of documentary solo performance, combined with her unwavering commitment to social justice, have inspired generations of performers and ignited countless conversations.
Single tickets on sale to the general public: July 6, 2016
 
The Plough and the Stars
Written by Sean O’Casey 
Directed by Sean Holmes
A.R.T. brings the Abbey Theatre's acclaimed production of The Plough and the Stars to Boston at the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. As revolution sweeps Ireland, the residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city's streets. Sean O’Casey—one of Ireland’s most renowned and controversial playwrights—captures a conflict between idealism and ordinary lives. Celebrating nearly a century of the Irish nation state, this production by the National Theatre of Ireland, directed by Olivier Award-winning Sean Holmes, will bring a new perspective to O'Casey's absorbing play. Presented in association with Cusack Projects Limited. The Plough and the Stars is supported by McCann FitzGerald and the Boston Friends of the Abbey Theatre.
Single tickets on sale to the general public: August 17, 2016
 
Fingersmith
Written by Alexa Junge 
Based on the novel by Sarah Waters 
Directed by Bill Rauch
The job seems simple at first: all that pickpocket Sue Trinder has to do is help a con man cheat a gullible young heiress out of her fortune. But nothing is quite what it seems in this mystery set in the shadows of Victorian England. Spiraling through London streets, madhouses, and a stifling mansion with a shocking secret, Sue finds herself in the most dangerous landscape of all: awakening sexuality, love, and betrayal. Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch (All the Way) directs this adaptation of Sarah Waters’ best-selling novel, a finalist for the Man Booker Prize. This production premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015.
Single tickets on sale to the general public: October 19, 2016
 
Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women
Written by Paul Lucas 
Directed by Jo Bonney
Drawn from dozens of interviews conducted around the world, Trans Scripts uses the real words of women to shed light on the rich and diverse experiences within the transgender community. Jo Bonney (Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)) directs a cast of seven in the US premiere of this moving, humorous, and timely work that received a Fringe First Award for new writing at the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Single tickets on sale to the general public: November 23, 2016
A series of complementary work will be presented at A.R.T.’s OBERON during January 2017.
 
The Night of the Iguana
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Michael Wilson
On the edge of the Mexican jungle, a group of troubled travelers seek shelter from a storm. Directed by Michael Wilson (The Trip to Bountiful, The Best Man), Williams' feverishly poetic 1961 drama follows a hotel proprietress and the scandal-soaked Southern preacher who turns up on her veranda. A Nantucket portrait artist traveling with her ancient grandfather, a bus full of fuming Texan college administrators, and a party of vacationers round out the roster of misfits in this drama about how far we travel to outrun the demons within.
Single tickets on sale to the general public: December 21, 2016
 
Arrabal
Book by John Weidman 
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla 
Directed and Co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo
A new tango-infused dance theater piece, Arrabal follows one woman’s quest to understand the violence that took her father and disrupted a nation. Told through dance and the propulsive music of the band Bajofondo, the show features an ensemble and band direct from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Directed and co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo (choreography, Invisible Thread, Memphis, Jersey Boys, On Your Feet!, Next To Normal) with music by Academy Award winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain, Babel, The Motorcycle Diaries) and book by Tony Award nominee John Weidman (Contact, Assassins) Arrabal invites audiences into the underground world of Buenos Aires’ tango clubs for a dance between the present and the past. Produced in association with Truworthy Productions.
Single tickets on sale to the general public: March 22, 2017


FAMILY HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING

James and the Giant Peach
Written by Roald Dahl
Adapted by David Wood
James Trotter, an orphan, lives with his two abominable aunts in a house by the sea. James' life is lonely and sad until, one day, he receives a mysterious gift. His aunts' old peach tree starts to creak and groan, and a peach grows bigger and bigger and bigger. James finds his way inside, where he meets a troupe of chatty (and enormous) bugs. When the peach rolls down the hill and out to sea, James and his new friends find themselves on a fantastic transatlantic adventure. A.R.T.’s family programming continues with his adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved tale.
Single tickets currently on sale to the general public.

 

OBERON PRESENTS 2016/17

The 2016/17 OBERON Presents Season features headline performances as well as four curated series of theater, dance, performance art, and multimedia events. Click to view a calendar of events.
 
HEADLINE PERFORMANCES
  • We're Gonna Die
    After a sold-out run in April 2016, Company One Theatre’s production is back! Playwright Young Jean Lee (Straight White Men) blends storytelling, stand-up, music, and theater into a song cycle that lets us know we may be miserable anticipating our demise, but at least we won’t be alone. October 4 - 8, 2016
  • Our Carnal Hearts
    British solo performer Rachel Mars gleefully rummages through our darkest urges, basking in envy through song and revelry. November 9 - 12, 2016

     
  • A Ride on the Irish Cream
    Cabaret and performance artist Erin Markey (There's A New Emergency Contact in Town) returns to OBERON. Anchored in the memories of a Michigan backyard, this coming-of-age musical explores the thrills and terrors of the relationship between a girl and her family's pontoon boat. February 28 - March 4, 2017
     
  • ONTHEFLOOR
    Driven by pumping bass, glitter, and dance theory in near-equal parts, The Dance Cartel takes Cambridge by storm in this whirlwind of electrifying movement. April 27 & 28, 2017
CURATED SERIES

• Sound Society at OBERON, a new music series of one-night only events co-curated by local producer and musician Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive, Josh Ritter, Parsonsfield) featuring exceptional musicians, bands, and special guests in performances designed for OBERON.

  • Dietrich Strause Album Release. September 15, 2016
  • Parsonsfield Blooming Through The Black. November 17, 2016
  • The Sweetback Sisters Country Christmas Sing-along Spectacular. December 15, 2016
 
• I.D. Festival, presented in conversation with A.R.T.’s production of Trans Scripts, celebrates the diverse experiences of the trans community, explores issues of gender identity, and continues OBERON’s engagement with trans artists and stories. Many of OBERON’s regular offerings such as Mortified and The Moth will offer special events to complement this series. More events to be announced.
  • Becca Blackwell
    Transactivist performer and downtown New York theater star Becca Blackwell’s They, Themself and Schmerm is a fiercely vulnerable solo piece that details the tragic-comic transitions in life, family, sex, and gender. January 23, 2017
     
  • Rae Spoon
    Embark on an exploration through the documentary-musical My Prarie Home, in which indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian prairies — interviews performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician. Spoon will perform following a screening of the film. January 27, 2017
     
• GLOWBERON, In partnership with the Afterglow Festival, founded by Quinn Cox and John Cameron Mitchell, this season-long series brings world-class cabaret and solo performance to Cambridge.
 
  • Dane Terry
    Solo music theater sensation Dane Terry paints surreal scenes with songs and stories of childhood and coming of age in Mid-America with Bird In The House. Join Terry as he deftly weaves from the piano bench a story that draws you into what the Huffington Post called, “a genre defying, musical spell he casts on the audience.” September 22, 2016
     
  • Joey Arias
    A fixture of NYC’s vibrant downtown performance scene for over 30 years, Joey Arias is a bona fide icon. It was no surprise when he was tapped by Cirque du Soleil for their Las Vegas spectacular Zumanity, for which he co-wrote 3 songs. Now back on the East coast, Arias graces OBERON with a one night only concert event this fall. November 3, 2016
     
  • Johnny Blazes and Brian King
    Born exactly 10 years apart, Blazes and King are twin queens of song and glitter that share everything... except most of their cultural references. In Queer in the Gap, identities blur as the pair explores intersections and gaps between their versions of queer youth, interlacing story, song, and video to expose the gaps imposed not only in generation, but also by geography, gender, and shoe size. January 13, 2017
     
  • Lady Rizo
    ‘Cabaret Superstar’ (New York Magazine), comedienne and chanteuse, Lady Rizo, revives the genre by creating theatrical explorations of pop songs from every decade. In 2010 she won her first Grammy on a duet with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma and also sings and records with multi-platinum recording artist Moby. Her distinctive, electric performance stylings take over OBERON for an unforgettable evening. March 9, 2017
 
• The Mini Series: Performance for Small Audiences, designed for audiences from one to twenty-five. These intimate experiences blur the boundaries between performer and spectator, challenging our notions of form and content. 2016/17 Subscribers will have with an exclusive onsale at a later date.
  • U R ★
    By Finkle

    A graphic-novel, musical experience designed for audiences of five. Told through music and hand-drawn visuals, this whimsical and intensely personal story redefines the relationship between audience and artist, and explores what it means to grapple with darkness. October 13 - November 6, 2016
     
  • The Garden
    By Nichole Canuso Dance Company
    Oscillating between viewer and participant, four audience members embark on an intimate yet expansive journey inspired by Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities and Jorge Luis Borges' short story "The Garden of Forking Paths." Individualized sound scores on headphones guide audiences through the shifting terrain of the performance. October 20 - 30, 2016

     
  • temping
    By Wolf 359

    This strange and comic tale performed for an audience of one via a PC, a corporate phone, and a laser printer thrusts you into the role of a temp covering for an actuary on holiday. You'll update client records, send emails, and eavesdrop on intra-office romance as you discover the secrets of your new employer. March 7 - 19, 2017
     

  • Violet
    Music by Jeanine Tesori
    Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley
    Based on The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts
    Directed by Sammi Cannold

    A musical ride on a moving bus for 25 people, Violet tells the story of a young woman who travels cross-country to seek treatment for a disfiguring scar. Presented in collaboration with the A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training. April 4 - 15, 2017

     

     
And don't miss The Donkey Show directed by Diane Paulus, continuing for its 8th season at OBERON every Saturday night.
 
Single ticket information will be released at a later date.

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