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2021/22 Programming

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Subscriptions of three or more productions start at just $99 and are available for purchase online. A.R.T. Ticket Services will not be open for in-person sales. Support will be available via web chat (desktop computers only) and by phone at 617.547.8300.

Go all in or choose from the following productions:

  • Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic—Tap Dance. Music. And the Joy of Connection.
  • Macbeth In Stride—Lady M Takes the Mic.
  • WILD: A Musical Becoming—A new musical fable about the magic of loving the earth.
  • Ocean Filibuster—A genre-crashing music theater experience.
  • 1776—A revolutionary revival.

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Audience, artist, and staff safety is A.R.T.’s top priority. We are taking many steps to protect against COVID-19 as we reopen our theater doors this fall.

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It has been a long time since we were all together in a theater, and we need this now more than ever—artists and audiences alike. We have spent the last year in deep learning and reflection at the A.R.T., and we are excited to share our 2021/22 programming, which welcomes audiences back in person and reflects our core values, from centering anti-racism to embracing regenerative practice that promotes the health of our planet, our organization, and each other.

Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus

Live & In‑Person Programming

Please read an update about OBERON on Arrow Street. Read More

A.R.T. Kids Company is enrolling for the fall with a variety of classes for ages 3 – 16, including a new program for teens. Learn More

Additional information about and learning and engagement opportunities will be announced at a later date.

The Arboretum Experience

World Premiere
Created by Kirsten Greenidge, Tim Hall, Jill Johnson, and Summer L. Williams
Produced in collaboration with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Starts August 21, 2021 at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
This production is free and open to the public

Visitors are invited to experience the natural beauty of the Arnold Arboretum on an outdoor, self-guided journey that centers resilience, healing, wellness, and joy. Created by a team of artists that includes playwright Kirsten Greenidge, musician Tim Hall, choreographer Jill Johnson, and director Summer L. Williams, this collaboration between the A.R.T. and the Arboretum features audio plays written and performed by artists from Greater Boston and beyond, movement experiences, as well as pop-up music and dance performances, all set against the 281-acre backdrop of one of the jewels of Boston’s Emerald Necklace.

“The Arnold Arboretum was created to be a place where America’s democratic ideals could become manifest, where all members of society could intermingle and enjoy the profound lessons and graces of the natural world.” – William (Ned) Friedman, Director of the Arnold Arboretum

Production support of The Arboretum Experience is provided by The Bob and Alison Murchison New Work Development Fund and the Richard K. Lubin Family Foundation. Development has been supported by the Harvard University Committee on the Arts. This production is supported, in part, by The Robert Brustein Endowment for New Work.

Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic

Live Premiere
Created by Ayodele Casel
Directed by Torya Beard
September 25 – October 9, 2021 at the Loeb Drama Center
Single tickets on sale August 12, 2021 at 12PM ET

Trailblazing tap dancer Ayodele Casel captures the spark of connection and creation in Chasing Magic, performed live on stage for the first time since its virtual premiere. Exploring the magic of tap dance and everyday life, this joyous production celebrates gratitude, friendship, trust, legacy, culture, ancestors, and collaboration.

“Astonishing! Casel’s joyful and generous spirit is as vivid as ever.” – NY Times Critics’ Pick

Additional production support of Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic is provided by Bank of America.

Macbeth In Stride

World Premiere
Created and performed by Whitney White
Orchestrations Steven Cuevas and Whitney White
Music Director Steven Cuevas
Choreography Raja Feather Kelly
Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky and Taibi Magar
October 23 – November 14, 2021 at the Loeb Drama Center
Single tickets on sale August 24, 2021 at 12PM ET

A dazzling theatrical event created and performed by Obie Award-winning artist Whitney White with a live band, Macbeth In Stride examines what it means to be an ambitious Black woman through the lens of one of Shakespeare’s most iconic characters. The first of White’s five-part series commissioned by A.R.T. excavating Shakespeare’s women, the production uses pop, rock, gospel, and R&B to trace the fatalistic arc of Lady Macbeth while lifting up contemporary Black female power, femininity, and desire. Directors Tyler Dobrowsky and Taibi Magar (We Live in Cairo) co-stage this groundbreaking world premiere with choreography by Raja Feather Kelly.

Production support of Macbeth In Stride is provided by Janet and Irv Plotkin. Additional production support is provided by Bank of America.

Phoenix Rising

Silkroad Ensemble featuring Rhiannon Giddens
November 19 – 21, 2021 at the Loeb Drama Center
Single tickets on sale September 23, 2021 at 12PM ET

Silkroad Ensemble featuring Rhiannon GiddensSilkroad Ensemble debuts Phoenix Rising, a musical rebirth and celebration featuring more than 25 Silkroad artists alongside Artistic Director and Grammy Award-winning musician and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens. Silkroad offers Phoenix Rising as a collective grieving song and a clarion call, uniting audiences through varied cultural experiences to create a more peaceful and just world as we emerge from a long and stunning upheaval.

“One of the most visionary arts initiatives of our time.” – WNPR

Silkroad’s Phoenix Rising is made possible thanks, in part, to the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Alice L. Walton Foundation, the Barr Foundation, and the MAP Fund. Additional production support is provided by Bank of America.

WILD: A Musical Becoming

World Premiere
Book by V (formerly Eve Ensler)
Music by Justin Tranter and Caroline Pennell
Lyrics by Justin Tranter, Caroline Pennell, and V
With contributions by Idina Menzel
Choreography by Chanel DaSilva
Directed by Diane Paulus
December 5, 2021 – January 2, 2022 at the Loeb Drama Center
Single tickets on sale October 14, 2021 at 12PM ET

WILD: A Musical Becoming is a new musical fable about a single mother struggling to hold on to her family farm and connect with her teenage daughter, whose determination to save the planet endows her and her friends with powers they never knew they had. Driven by the escalating climate crisis and created by Tony and Obie Award-winning playwright V (formerly Eve Ensler; In the Body of the World, The Vagina Monologues), Grammy and Golden Globe-nominated songwriter Justin Tranter (Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons), and songwriter Caroline Pennell (Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez) and directed by Diane Paulus, WILD features Tony Award-winning performer and songwriter Idina Menzel (Rent, Wicked, Frozen) as a parent confronting what it means for her family and her community to survive in a world facing mass extinction.

Inspired by the show’s theme of caring for the planet, this concert production embraces regenerative practice and invites you to use your imagination to set the scene. Come join the becoming!

“I want you to act as if the house was on fire. Because it is.” – Greta Thunberg

Production Support of WILD: A Musical Becoming is provided by Allison Johnson through the Incubator Fund.

Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure

Live Premiere
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Julia Riew
Orchestrations and Music Direction by Ian Chan
Directed by Rebecca Aparicio
December 17 – 31, 2021 at the Loeb Drama Center
Single tickets on sale October 14, 2021 at 12PM ET

After its digital world premiere in 2020, the beloved Jack and the Beanstalk comes to life onstage! Join Jack on an epic journey up the beanstalk to magical Storyland, where Jack meets the tyrannical King Giant, two Rockstar Mice, the Itsy Bitsy Spider, the Fiddler Cat, and the Grand Storyteller. The vivid imaginations of Harvard undergraduates Julia Riew and Ian Chan (Thumbelina: A Little Musical) transform the classic fairy tale into a contemporary celebration of the power of kindness, courage, determination, and creativity to overcome life’s obstacles.

Production support of Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure is provided by The Linda Hammett Ory & Andrew Ory Charitable Trust. Additional production support is provided by Bank of America and Bina and Robin Thompson.

Ocean Filibuster

World Premiere
Created by PearlDamour
Written by Lisa D’Amour
Music by Sxip Shirey
Directed by Katie Pearl
Featuring Jennifer Kidwell
Commissioned and developed through a collaboration with the Harvard University Center for the Environment
February 18 – March 13, 2022 at the Loeb Drama Center
Single tickets on sale December 16, 2021 at 12PM ET

Inside the Senate chamber of a global governing body, Mr. Majority introduces an “End of Ocean Bill” designed to shrink Earth’s oceans into a more manageable (and marketable) collection of inland seas. When the floor is opened for debate, the Ocean arrives to speak in its own defense…and so begins an epic Human-Ocean showdown. A world-premiere, genre-crashing music theater experience created by the Obie Award-winning company PearlDamour and featuring Obie Award-winning performer Jennifer Kidwell playing both Mr. Majority and the Ocean, Ocean Filibuster fuses myth, song, video, stand-up, and science to explore the vast depths crucial to our daily survival.

Known for award-winning site-specific works both intimate and large-scale, PearlDamour is the recipient of the 2011 Lee Reynolds Theater Award given to women theater artists who effect social change.

1776

Book by Peter Stone
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Based on a Concept by Sherman Edwards
Directed by Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus
Choreography by Jeffrey L. Page
A co-production with Roundabout Theatre Company
May 15 – July 24, 2022 at the Loeb Drama Center
Single tickets on sale March 24, 2022 at 12PM ET

They knew they would make history, but not what history would make of them. Fed up with living under the tyranny of British rule, John Adams attempts to persuade his fellow members of the Continental Congress to vote in favor of American Independence and sign the Declaration. But how much is he willing to compromise in the pursuit of freedom? And who does that freedom belong to? Jeffrey L. Page and A.R.T. Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus direct a new production of the Tony Award-winning musical, reexamining this pivotal moment in American history with a cast that reflects multiple representations of race, gender, and ethnicity.

Following its run at A.R.T., 1776 will play at Roundabout Theatre Company in fall 2022 and begin a national tour in February 2023.

Production support of 1776 is provided by Katie and Paul Buttenwieser, The Linda Hammett Ory & Andrew Ory Charitable Trust, Allison Johnson, and Serena and Bill Lese. Support for education and engagement programming is provided by the Ford Foundation. Additional production support is provided by Jeannie and Jonathan Lavine, Janet and Irv Plotkin, and Professor Mark V. Tushnet. Additional education and engagement support is provided by Bank of America, Fresh Sound Foundation, Klarman Family Foundation, and Mass Humanities. Production support of the run of 1776 at Roundabout Theatre Company is provided by Elizabeth Armstrong.
Mass Humanities receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Digital Programming

A.R.T. will continue to offer digital programming for audiences to enjoy from anywhere in the world, including:

  • Behind the Scenes, with the writers, directors, composers, and choreographers who are making new work at the A.R.T. Hear new songs and scenes, and learn about the process, research, and development that goes into the creation of new plays and musicals.
  • The Lunch Room, A.R.T.’s virtual talk show featuring the artists, activists, and civic leaders who are shaping our communities.
  • Civically Speaking, featuring virtual conversations, lectures, and performance events on history, politics, justice, and the meaning of democracy.
  • A.R.T. Travels, conversations with A.R.T.-affiliated theater-makers bring fans from both across the country and around the world.
Production support for Behind the Scenes is provided by Alison and Bob Murchison. Additional production support is provided by Maxine Isaacs.
A.R.T. Travels Student Passports sponsored by The Jarrell Family.

A.R.T. in the World

  • Jagged Little Pill (A.R.T. premiere May 2018) opens at the Theatre Royal Sydney, Australia in September 2021 and returns to Broadway in October 202
  • Waitress (A.R.T. premiere August 2015) opens a revival on Broadway in September 2021, begins a UK/Ireland tour in September 2021, and resumes a US national tour in October 2021
  • The immersive phenomenon Sleep No More (A.R.T. October 2009) continues at The McKinnon Hotel in Shanghai and reopens at The McKittrick Hotel in New York City in October 2021
  • 1776 (A.R.T. revival premiere May 2022) will open at Roundabout Theatre Company in fall 2022 and begin a national tour in February 2023
  • Notes from the Field (A.R.T. production August 2016) is currently available on HBO
  • All the Way (A.R.T. production September 2013) is currently available on HBO