OBERON Announces April - May Programming Including ONTHEFLOOR and The Mini Series

For Immediate Release: April 3, 2017

Contact: Emma Watt/Mark Lunsford 617.496.8004








Cambridge, MA – OBERON, the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue on the fringe of Harvard Square, announces events to be presented at OBERON during April and May — including OBERON Presents, Visiting Artists, and Usual Suspects.


Sunday, April 2 at 8PM
Tickets $20 – SOLD OUT

See the students of Esh Circus Arts’ adult classes show off their work! Come party with them and be mesmerized by rock stars on silks, flying creatures, acrobatic romance, contorting mermaids, and much, much more, chaperones by the devilishly charming MC. Run away with the circus!


Monday, April 3 at 7:30PM

The 2017 ARTSImpulse Awards Bash honors and celebrates Greater Boston theater productions through award nominations and recognition. The Bash includes a cocktail reception followed by award announcements and presentation of over 30 award categories, finishing with a meet and greet.


Tuesday, April 4 at 8PM
Tickets $20 – SOLD OUT

Is the world just too interesting for you right now? Do you miss the good old days, when you could spend hours drifting away wondering about boring stuff, like ballpoint pens and manhole covers? You’re in luck, sunshine. For one night only, podcasters Roman Mars of 99% Invisible and Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist are joining forces to drown out grim reality with a never-before-seen live extravaganza of educational entertainment. Edutainment? Entercation? We’ll find out on the night.



OBERON Presents: The Mini Series
April 5 – 15, 2017

Tickets $35 – SOLD OUT


Violet on a bus is the travel musical that actually travels. Violet tells the story of a young woman, played by Allie Trimm, who journeys cross-country to seek treatment for a disfiguring scar she’s had since childhood. Much of Violet’s tale unfolds on a bus bound for Tulsa, Oklahoma in the 1964 South. In this production, when Violet boards that bus, you will too. Violet is directed by Sammi Cannold and presented in collaboration with the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training.


Thursday, April 6 at 8PM
Tickets $25

Lipstick Criminals (formerly Babes in Boinkland) recognize over a decade of ass-kicking and name-taking in 6-inch pumps. Come raise your glass to the Babes and Criminals behind The Slutcracker and Fifty Shades of Bey as they bring out a collection of some of their favorite work from the last 11 years.


Friday, April 7 at 10PM
Tickets $15 - $55

Succumb to an awe-inspiring experience that stimulates all of your senses. AcousticaElectronica sets its tale in the world of art's past, resurrecting its most intriguing ghosts and planting them here, in this new future. Dorian Gray, Carmen, Pierrot Lunaire, Odette the Swan, and the Conductor all travel through time and are planted here, in this moment. Watch as they struggle with who they were and what they are to become in this new future. The show blends elements of electronic and classical music, dance, circus arts, and immersive theater with the infectious energy of a nightclub to bring you an evening you won't encounter anywhere else.


Sunday, April 9 at 7:30PM
Tickets $15 - $25

Join The Slaughterhouse Society for an evening of burlesque, circus, drag, music and more, in honor of everyone’s favorite gender-defying, creepy clown and mystery-solving butler, Tim Curry! One night only!


April 13 – 15, 2017
Tickets $10 - $25

Harvard College TEATRO! is proud to present In the Heights, a contemporary musical with a rich combination of styles ranging from rap to latin to funk. Set in Washington Heights, a predominately Latinx neighborhood in NYC, this show tells the story of immigrant families creating a home and a community as they watch their barrio become increasingly gentrified. The characters of In the Heights, display the challenges and sacrifices borne by older immigrant generations, as well as the expectations that these create in their children as they all try to build a home in a bustling foreign city. With fun, vibrant dance numbers and emotive music, this show is a celebration of Latinx culture and the immigrant experience on which this country is built.


Tuesday, April 18 at 6:45PM
Tickets $20

Join Guerilla Opera in celebrating 10 seasons! Relive selections from our ground-breaking, world premiere productions featuring the Guerilla Opera Ensemble, special guests from past seasons, and host Allegra Libonati, Stage Director of Play: the Game or Game: the Play. Doors open at 6PM for mingling, appetizers, and a cash bar. Help foster another decade of the bold and avant-garde!


Guerilla Opera is a Boston-based experimental opera company and 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to foster a new repertoire of chamber operas written specifically for them, and to perform in intimate settings without the use of a formal music director.


Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 at 8PM
Tickets $18 - $30

The Pillow Men experience observes the telling of humankind’s relationship with dreams. This collision of abstract theatrics and original music plunges the audience into a “night of sleep”, experiencing dreams through song that touch upon the full spectrum of emotions. Dreams are a tool to help us realize the immortality of the soul.


The musicians enact the role of The Pillow Men, mythical beings that weave dreams into the minds of all living things. They appear with a permanent visage of anger, disgust, apathy, remorse, and grief, mirroring humanity in some of its most vulnerable states. You, the viewer, are challenged to face these reflections, embrace the negative energy, accept it as a part of yourself, and then let it go. The Pillow Men wish to help make this life a more pleasant one, and to remind you that it is only a dream.


Usual Suspect
Tuesday, April 25 and Tuesday, May 16 at 8PM
Tickets coming soon!

The Moth StorySLAMs are steadily spreading all over the map, gathering people and stories from all over the country. New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston have multiple shows each month. The Moth is open to anyone with a five-minute story to share on the night’s posted theme. The brave of heart, or those with stories they’re aching to tell, prepare personal, true tales. When the doors open, storyteller hopefuls put their names in The Moth Hat. A half hour later, names are picked, and one by one, storytellers take the stage. Each person has just five minutes! The ten featured stories are scored by teams of judges selected from the audience. Each StorySLAM generates a StorySLAM winner. After ten SLAMs, the winners face off in our GrandSLAM Championships. Come sign up to tell a story, or just enjoy the show!


The theme on April 25 is Refugee. Prepare a five-minute story about your safe haven. Sanctuary from bullies, vindictive lovers, bosses, the law and other sometimes unpleasant realities. Political asylum or a refugee in your own home. Coming to the rescue or crying out for help. For some a quiet room, for others a mosh pit. The theme on May 16 is Karma. Prepare a five-minute story about cosmic justice. Did a rude comment come back to bite you? Or have you unwittingly saved your own neck through an act of random kindness? Whether you’re fated for success or doomed for failure, what goes around comes around. Better tip your bartender!



OBERON Presents
Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28 at 8PM
Tickets from $25

Driven equally by pumping bass, glitter, dance heroism and feats of endurance, this 90-minute, energy-busting experience is part dance, part video installation, part DJ set and part concert. The show will feature local DJs Colby Drasher and Begbick alongside guest artists. The Dance Cartel is after a new brand of dance experience. Taking note of a dance community that often serves a niche audience, TDC creates dances that are vibrant, immersive and often participatory.



Monday, May 1 at 7:30PM

Originating in the Río de la Plata region of South America–and now enjoyed by dancers all around the world—milongas are places or gatherings for tango and other dances. Join us (and bring your dancing shoes) for a night of Argentine tango at OBERON celebrating Arrabal, the final show of A.R.T.’s 2016/17 Season. Featuring live music with the band from Arrabal. Doors open at 7PM, and concert begins at 7:30PM.


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.


May 4 – 12, 2017
Tickets $25 - $45

Throwback Thursday doesn’t have to be just once a week! Relive days gone by with the Boston Circus Guild’s Throwback Tales: A Retro Spectacle. During this fantastical flashback to the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s, local circus artists will share personal stories from their youth reinterpreted through superhuman feats of skill. Between acts, a DJ will take you on a time-travelling tour of nostalgic musical hits from the last three decades.


Sunday, May 7 at 6PM & 9:30PM and Wednesday, May 10 at 8PM
Tickets $20 - $30

Enter the Danger Zone for an animated evening of burlesque, circus, and comedy inspired by the hit TV series “Archer.” Your favorite characters are on a secret mission to bare it all at OBERON for two nights only. Sip on specialty cocktails like Sploosh Juice and the Chum Guzzler, but whatever you do, don’t make a mess. That’s how you get ants. Hosted by Kevin Harrington as Nikolai Jakov.


Sunday, May 9 at 7:30PM
Tickets $20


Women of Letters is New York’s favorite literary salon – live in Boston for the first time! See the best and brightest women come together to celebrate the lost art of letter writing. Expect laughter, tears, and camaraderie as host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes fuests reading “A letter to my secret.” The evening includes Callie Crossley (Host of WGBH’s “Under the Radar”), Abeer Hoque (Celebrated writer and author of Olive Witch), and Claire Messud (Critically acclaimed novelist and author of The Emperor’s Children). Women of Letters is produced in part with Boston Book Festival.


Saturday, May 13 at 7PM
Tickets $15


Hailed as a “cultural phenomenon” by NewsWeek and celebrated for years by the likes of This American Life, The Today Show, The Onion AV Club, and Entertainment Weekly, Mortified is a comic excavation of teen angst artifiacts (journals, poems, letters, lyrics, home movies, schoolwork) as shared by their original authors – in front of total strangers. Submissions come from a wide range of participants, from professional performers to total amateurs. All in the noble pursuit of self-degradation. Share the shame.


Wednesday, May 17 at 8PM
Tickets $6 - $8


Actions speak louder than words and we humble mimes have taken that to heart. Come join HYPE! Mimez for a night of awkward silences that are just the right length, inanimate objects coming to life, and the capacity to experience the world in a whole new way. We’ll bring you on an emotional journey to find love, pain, jubilation, brokenness, cathartic laughter, hope, and everything in between. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get to join on stage too.


As the only collegiate mime troupe in the United States, Tufts University’s HYPE! Mimez writes and performs completely original pieces set to music and have been doing so for the last twenty years. Don’t Believe the HYPE! is the best of their collection and a new take on what it means to let your body speak.


Thursday, May 18 at 8PM
Tickets $10 - $12


From finding awe in Hubble images to visiting the doctor, science is everywhere in our lives. Whether we wear a white lab coat or haven’t seen a test tube since eighth grace, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at The Story Collider, we want to hear those stories.



The Long-Running Hit

Presented by A.R.T.

Every Saturday night

Tickets from $25


Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus’ celebrated smash hit continues its 8th 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 Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The party rages on the dance floor to all the best 70s hits as the show unfolds around the audience. After the show, the party continues into the night so you can live out your own disco fever fantasy!

OBERON is located at 2 Arrow Street at the corner of Mass Ave. in Harvard Square, Cambridge. For more info and tickets visit cluboberon.com.


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 emerging 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.



Release Date:
April 3, 2017

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