2016/17 Season

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Pricing is as follows:
(6-Play) Total Experience: $312
5-Play Choose-Your-Own: $310
4-Play Choose-Your-Own: $248
3-Play Choose-Your-Own: $186

(6-Play) Total Preview Experience: $186
5-Play Preview Choose-Your-Own: $165
4-Play Preview Choose-Your-Own: $132
3-Play Preview Choose-Your-Own: $99

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The 2016/17 A.R.T. Season 

Notes from the Field: Doing Time in Education
August 20 - September 17, 2016.
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The Plough and the Stars
September 24 - October 9, 2016.
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December 4, 2016 - January 8, 2017.
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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.

January 19 - February 5, 2017.
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.
February 18 - March 18, 2017. 
Book by John Weidman 
Music by Gustavo Santaolalla 
Directed and Co-choreographed by Sergio Trujillo
Choreographed by Julio Zurita
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.
May 12 - June 18, 2017.


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.
December 17, 2016 - January 8, 2017.



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.
  • Our Carnal Hearts
    November 9 - 12, 2016. Click here to learn more about this production.

  • 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
    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

• 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.

• 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. January 27, 2017
  • Our Lady J

    Hot on the heels of writing on the Golden Globe and Emmy Award winning TV show Transparent, Our Lady J comes to OBERON to paint the church pink with Gospel for the Godless, an exhilarating celebration of well-known pop songs, reimagined through the gospel lens. Inspired by conventional Gospel music, this show is anything BUT traditional, promising to deliver you from your woes, sans the usual dogmatic baggage. January 28, 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.
  • 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. Priority access tickets are currently available to 2016/17 Subscribers and Donors by calling the ticket office. An extremely limited number of tickets will be on sale to the general public on September 8, 2016 at noon.
  • 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.

Click here to read the full 2016/17 Season Press Release.


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