2014/15 Subscriptions

Subscriptions for the 2014/15 Season will go on sale April 25, 2014 along with select preview performances of Finding Neverland. 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. 

2014/15 Season Includes

Finding Neverland
WORLD PREMIERE
Music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy 
Book by James Graham
Directed by Diane Paulus

Choreography by Mia Michaels

When a faltering playwright meets a widow and her four boys in Kensington Gardens, he embarks on a friendship that inspires one of the most beloved stories of all time. Based on the Miramax film written by David Magee, Finding Neverland follows the real-life relationship between the Llewelyn Davies family and James Matthew Barrie as he writes the revolutionary 1904 play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. Staged by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus and with music by U.K. pop sensation Gary Barlow (Take That), this new musical explores the power of imagination to open up new worlds, and the pressures put upon those worlds by the prospect of growing up. Finding Neverland is presented by the A.R.T. by special arrangement with Harvey Weinstein. Begins July 2014.

O.P.C.
WORLD PREMIERE
By Eve Ensler 


A new play from the author of The Vagina Monologues, O.P.C. (Obsessive Political Correctness) is a wildly funny exploration of consumption and politics that asks, "How are we to survive as a species if we insist on destroying the world we love?" Romi Weil, a dumpster-diving Freegan, is doing just fine squatting in an abandoned apartment. But when her mother, a candidate running for the Senate, tries to make her toe the party line, radicalism comes into comic collision with mainstream liberalism. As Election Day approaches, mother and daughter wrestle with the inconvenient truths at the heart of consumer culture, tossed between political compromise and Obsessive Political Correctness. Begins November 2014.

Father Comes Home From the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3)
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Jo Bonney
Hero, a slave who is accustomed to his master’s lies, must now decide whether to join him on the Confederate battlefield in exchange for a promise of freedom. Part 2, "The Battle in the Wilderness" follows Hero and the Colonel as they lead a captured Union solider toward the Confederate lines as the cannons approach. Finally, in Part 3, “The Union of My Confederate Parts," the loved ones Hero left behind question whether to escape or wait for his return - only to discover that for Hero, freedom may have come at a great spiritual cost.  A masterful new work from one of our most lyrical and powerful writers, Father Comes Home From the Wars, a deeply personal epic about love and hope in a world of impossible choices is a co-production with the Public Theater. Begins January 2015.
The Last Two People on Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville 
WORLD PREMIERE 
Starring Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac
Direction and Choreography by Susan Stroman
It’s the end of the world as we know it. A flood of biblical proportions leaves us with only two people on Earth who discover their common language is song and dance. Together they chronicle the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, and R.E.M. to Queen. An Apocalyptic Vaudeville is presented in association with Staci Levine/Groundswell Theatricals. Begins May 2015.
A New American Opera
WORLD PREMIERE
Music and libretto by Matthew Aucoin
Directed by Diane Paulus
With A Far Cry

Inspired by the diary Walt Whitman kept as a nurse during the Civil War, this world premiere opera by the extraordinary young composer Matthew Aucoin explores how the individual experiences of soldiers are remembered and told. As Whitman listens to wounded veterans share their memories and messages, he forges a bond with a soldier who forces him to examine his own role as writer and poet. Staged by A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus, this production will feature the Boston-based orchestra A Far Cry, an ensemble at the forefront of a dynamic new generation in classical music. This new opera is produced in association with Music Theatre Group. Begins May 2015.


Family Holiday Programming

The Light Princess
Book by Lila Rose Kaplan 
Music by Mike Pettry 
Directed by Allegra Libonati
Choreography by Jeff and Rick Kuperman

Presented to great acclaim last season, this adaptation of George MacDonald's classic fairy tale follows a young princess cursed to live without gravity. Floating through life unburdened by cares or sorrow, the princess is always just out of reach of everyone around her. If her parents, the King and Queen, don't help her get back to earth by her 16th birthday, the curse will become permanent. Featuring graduate students from the A.R.T. Institute Class of 2015, this playful production combines wit and humor, music and movement, to delight both children and their families.


A.R.T. Presents at OBERON

Since its inception, OBERON has been the destination for theater and nightlife on the fringe of Harvard Square, acting as a thriving incubator for local and visiting talent that is pushing the theatrical form. It has also been a place for some of A.R.T.’s most innovative productions like The Lily’s Revenge, Cabaret, Prometheus Bound, The Shape She Makes, and The Donkey Show, which continues every Saturday night.  This season, we offer an opportunity to experience companies and individuals that are continuing to harness new forms of theater.

pool (no water)
By Mark Ravenhill
Directed by Lanthe Demos
One Year Lease Theater Company's pool (no water) is a visceral play about the fragility of friendship and the jealousy inspired by success. A famous artist invites old friends to her new home for a long awaited reunion. But the celebration comes to an abrupt end when the host suffers a horrific accident. An almost unthinkable plan starts to take shape: could her suffering be the group’s next work of art? This is an unflinching look at the vulnerability of friendship, the power of resentment, and a deep-seated yearning to create something truly memorable.
Ruby Wax: Sane New World
Written by and featuring Ruby Wax
Comedian, writer, and mental health campaigner Ruby Wax shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity in this one-woman show inspired by her book, Sane New World. Drawing from her own struggles with depression and a Masters in Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy from Oxford, Wax explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress. A manual on how to survive the 21st century, Sane New World helps us understand why we sabotage our own sanity.
The Hypocrites’ Mikado
Adapted and Directed by Sean Graney
The Chicago-based company The Hypocrites (Pirates of Penzance) reimagines this 1885 operetta, infusing the absurdist comedy of W.S. Gilbert's libretto with Monty Python clownishness, and bringing a folk/pop interpretation to Arthur Sullivan's lovely, lilting melodies. Expect zany fun and hip tunes in this vibrant adaptation of one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved works.
The Donkey Show
EVERY SATURDAY NIGHT
Conceived by Randy Weiner
Directed by Diane Paulus
Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus's celebrated smash hit The Donkey Show continues for its 6th Season at OBERON every Saturday night, bringing you the ultimate disco experience—a crazy circus of mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller skaters and hustle queens inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream. Come party on the dance floor to all the 70s disco hits you know by heart as the show unfolds around you. After the show, the party continues into the night so you can live out your own fantasy of disco fever! 

 

 

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