OBERON and Three Thirty Three Present the GLOW Festival

 

For Immediate Release: May 15, 2017

Contact: Nicole Banks 617.496.2000 x8863

nicole_banks@harvard.edu

 

OBERON and THREE THIRTY THREE present

the GLOW FESTIVAL with

JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND • BRIAN KING & WHAT TIME IS IT, MR. FOX? •

MARGA GOMEZ • TAMMY FAYE STARLITE • PENNY ARCADE
July 27 – 30, 2017

 

Cambridge, MA OBERON, the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue, is pleased to announce that it will host the inaugural GLOW FESTIVAL, featuring exceptional storytellers, solo performers and cabaret and performance artists—created by Quinn Cox, curator of the collaborative GLOWBERON series at OBERON and founder of the Afterglow Festival, in Provincetown, MA.

 

Tickets are available from $25 and are currently on sale by phone at 617.547.8300, in person at the Loeb Drama Center Ticket Services (64 Brattle Street, Harvard Square), or online at cluboberon.com.

 

The GLOW FESTIVAL is a new annual Cambridge live performance arts festival that aims to secure Cambridge a star on the international festival map and to champion progressive artists and performance in a myriad of live stage forms. The inaugural GLOW FESTIVAL programming includes:

 

JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND – Justin Vivian Bond Shows Up
Thursday, July 27 at 7:30PM & 10PM

 

In an attempt to practice radical empathy Mx Justin Vivian Bond is stepping out of their liberal champagne bubble and venturing on a cultural fact finding mission across America. Sticking with their credo, “Keep it Pretty, Keep, it Shallow, Keep it Moving,” Mx Bond asks, “Why alienate when you can infiltrate?” Share thoughts, ideas and world views with this trans-genre phenomenon and as they explore what common links we can enjoy with the right social lubricants and musical interludes but never forget, “Glamour is Resistance!” 

Mx Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-genre artist living in New York City. As a performer both on and Off-Broadway, Mx Bond has received numerous accolades winning an Obie (2001), a Bessie (2004), a Tony nomination (2007), the Ethyl Eichelberger Award (2007), The Peter Reed Foundaton Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant for Artists. V authored the Lambda Literary Award winning memoir TANGO: My Childhood, Backwards and in High Heels (The Feminist Press, 2011).
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BRIAN KING & WHAT TIME IS IT, MR. FOX?Gravitational Fool
Friday, July 28 at 7PM

 

How often do we play The Fool? Historically, society has oft relegated the queer to the role of the clown, from sad Pierrot to the sissy, the funny fop to the lonely dandy. Backed by his neo-cabaret band, What Time Is It, Mr. Fox?, singer-songwriter, Brian King performs an internal/external wrestling match onstage with these characters. Through make-up, costume, monologues and original music, Brian examines the ways these archetypes both empower and limit our identities and relationships. Assisted by a cult of personalities, including an aerialist and acrobat, Gravitational Fool is a sensual circus of the psyche that will cure you of your clown phobia.

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MARGA GOMEZ Pound

Friday, July 28 at 10PM

 

In Pound, Marga Gomez plays a celibate celesbian catapulted through a vaginal portal into a steamy data cloud where notorious lesbian cinematic archetypes such as extortionists, showgirls, murderers, and school teachers hook up in spectacularly meta ways. A critically acclaimed Off-Off Broadway hit directed by David Schweizer, The New York Times calls Pound  “Hilariously skewed.” Marga Gomez is an award-winning writer and performer of 12 solo plays which have been presented at The Public Theater, La Mama ETC, Dixon Place, Highways, Bootleg Theater, and various other theaters in the U.S. and across the world.

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TAMMY FAYE STARLITENico: Evening of Light

Saturday, July 29 at 7PM
 

Tammy Faye Starlite eerily channels Nico, chanteuse from the Velvet Underground and beyond (i.e., the overground) featuring her better-known and lesser-known songs, which encompass the ominous and beautiful opacity of her Teutonic soul, her recollections (Rashomon-style) about the men who loved her: Bob Dylan, Lou Reed, Jim Morrison, Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop (among others, many others), her musings on fate, nihilism, necromancy and the current state of the world, which is as protean as her flickering soul.

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PENNY ARCADELonging Lasts Longer

Sunday, July 30 at 8PM

 

Penny Arcade is a force of nature. Her latest award-winning show, Longing Lasts Longer, turns contemporary stand-up on its head in an outrageously funny blend of satire, memoir and comedy. Driven by her magnetic rock ‘n’ roll energy, Arcade’s razor sharp satire is mixed live to euphoric soundscapes inspired by four decades of pop culture. With hubris and hilarity, she strikes a blow against the golden age of stupidity in this passionate and exhuberant performance anthem that will have you thinking, laughing, and dancing at the same time!

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Three Thirty Three is a non-profit arts entity synonomous with Cambridge's new GLOW FESTIVAL and the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown, both founded by Quinn Cox, curator of the GLOWBERON series collaboration with OBERON. The GLOW Festival aims to put Cambridge on the international festival map and to champion progressive artists and performance in myriad forms. Since 2011, the Afterglow Festival has reclaimed Provincetown's heritage as the birthplace of the modern American stage and as an incubator for new works, premiering award-winning plays and performance that have moved Off-Broadway and to theatre venues around the globe. Three Thirty Three/GLOW Festival is a 501(3)(c) charitable arts organization based in MA.

 

OBERON is the American Repertory Theater’s second stage, a destination for theater and nightlife on the fringe of Harvard Square. In addition to offering work from the A.R.T.’s main season, OBERON is also a thriving incubator for local, emerging and celebrated artists to imagine new projects that could only exist in this exciting club-theater environment. Thousands of artists and performance groups bring work to the space each year. OBERON regularly features local performers including aerialists, beat poets, food artists, tap dancers, gender-bending sketch troupes, comedians, hula-hooping burlesquers, and pop-and-lock human statues to name a few. OBERON is located at 2 Arrow Street at the corner of Mass Ave. in Harvard Square, Cambridge. For tickets, call 617.547.8300 or visit cluboberon.com.

 

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