The Donkey Show Celebrates Its 600th Performance

Cambridge, MA — The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is pleased to announce that A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus’s hit production The Donkey Show will celebrate its 600th performance on April 18, 2015! To celebrate the occasion, OBERON is offering 600 dance floor tickets for $10 each during the month of April.


Since 2009, the celebrated smash hit The Donkey Show has provided the ultimate disco experience: A crazy circus of mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller skaters and hustle queens. The Donkey Show tells the story of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with classic 70s anthems. Directed by A.R.T. Artistic Director and Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin), the enchanted forest of Shakespeare’s classic comedy becomes a glittery retro disco as lovers escape from reality to experience a night of dreams and abandon. After the show, the party continues into the night so you can live out your own fantasy of disco fever!


Through the years, The Donkey Show has:

·       Sprinkled over 80 pounds of glitter

·       Fluttered over 70,000 butterflies

·       Grooved with more than 150 cast members


Diane Paulus is the Artistic Director of the A.R.T. Her directing credits at the A.R.T. include two upcoming world premieres: Crossing, an opera by Matthew Aucoin premiering May 2015 andWaitress, a musical based on the film by Adrienne Shelley featuring music by Sara Bareilles; Finding Neverland (opening on Broadway in March, 2015), Witness Uganda, recipient of the 2012 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater; Pippin, (2013 Tony Award-winner for Best Revival of a Musical, currently on a national tour); The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, (2012 Tony Award-winner for Best Revival of a Musical); Prometheus BoundDeath and the Powers: The Robots’ Opera, finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music; Best of Both Worlds, and Johnny Baseball. Her other recent work includes Amaluna, Cirque du Soleil’s newest creation which had its world premiere in Montreal in April 2012 and is currently on tour in the US; The Public Theater’s Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR on Broadway and London’s West End. As an opera director, her credits include The Magic FluteIl mondo della lunaDon GiovanniLe nozze di Figaro, and the Monteverdi trilogy L'incoronazione di Poppea, Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria, and Orfeo. Diane is a Professor of the Practice in Theater in Harvard University’s English Department. She was named one of Boston Magazine’s "50 Most Powerful Bostonians" in 2012 and was awarded the 2012 Founders Award for Excellence in Directing from the Drama League. Recently, Diane was selected as one of Variety’s “Trailblazing Women in Entertainment for 2014” and Boston Magazine’s “50 Thought Leaders of 2014” and was named one of the "50 Most Powerful Women in New York" by the New York Daily News, as well as TIME Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.


Purchase tickets online at, by phone at 617-547-8300, or in person at the Loeb Drama Center Ticket Services (64 Brattle Street, Cambridge), and day of performance at OBERON (2 Arrow Street, Cambridge). Subject to availability.



Release Date:
March 18, 2015
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