OBERON Announces February - March Programming

For Immediate Release: January 31, 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 February and March — including OBERON Presents, Visiting Artists, and Usual Suspects.


In support of the A.R.T.’s mission to expand the boundaries of theater, OBERON is committed to expansive programming and innovative works. Through non-traditional performances and cutting-edge artists, OBERON is an incubator for artistic expression. GLOWBERON, returning to OBERON from its 2015/16 season debut, and I.D. Festival, presented in conversation with A.R.T.’s production of Trans Scripts, enhance OBERON’s dedication to fostering local and national artistry and aim to connect audiences with inventive, contemporary arts experiences.


OBERON Presents: I.D. Festival
Friday, February 3 at 8PM
Tickets $20

Queer Heartache is an award-winning solo slam poetry theater show by Kit Yan that explores his identity as a transgender, queer, Asian American from Hawaii. Kit asks what queer hearts and families are made of, and interrogates the forces that constantly work to break them apart. Queer Heartache is a testament to the resilience of queer love in all its forms – between cis and trans siblings, lovers, pride parade attendees, and many more – in the face of heartbreaking barriers everywhere from the dating pool to the medical establishment.

This event is part of the I.D. Festival, presented in conversation with A.R.T.’s 2016/17 production of Trans Scripts, celebrating the diverse experiences of the trans community, explores issues of gender identity. Get $10 off a ticket to Trans Scripts and $5 off an additional I.D Festival show with the purchase of this event.

OBERON Presents: I.D. Festival
Saturday, February 4 at 8PM
Tickets $25

In Testimony, Calpernia Addams’s debut album of original acoustic music, she tells stories from a life that began as the musical eldest child of a minister in a fundamentalist Christian cult hidden away in the woods of Tennessee. A harrowing escape into the burning deserts of the first Gulf War as a combat medic followed, and then her unlikely rebirth as a teetotaling showgirl and burlesque dancer on some of the South’s most dangerous and underground stages. A devastating tragedy led to years of work in activism and the crushing machine of Hollywood. Now Calpernia has returned to the simple instruments and music of her childhood to give testimony of her still-unquenchable passion for authenticity, hope and adventure.

This event is part of the I.D. Festival, presented in conversation with A.R.T.’s 2016/17 production of Trans Scripts, celebrating the diverse experiences of the trans community, explores issues of gender identity. Get $10 off a ticket to Trans Scripts and $5 off an additional I.D Festival show with the purchase of this event.

Sunday, February 5 at 8PM
Friday, February 10 at 7:30PM & 10:30PM
Tickets $15 - $30

This ain't no Apples to Apples strip show. This is Burlesque Against Humanity, a burlesque show for horrible people. Rogue Burlesque won't just push the envelope. Expect to see a mime having a stroke, Dark Vader having some 'me' time, same-sex ice dancing, and dying of dysentery on the Oregon Trail! Whether you're a Cards Against Humanity veteran or a tender newbie, come fill in our blanks. If you're feeling extra saucy, get yourself a VIP seat. You'll get to play a special game of Cards Against Humanity with Mama Bang Bang and win a prize!


Thursday, February 9 at 8PM

Tickets $10 - $20

Valentine's Day is around the corner, and Thinkin' Big Band is back to provide a swingin' night of old Sinatra love favorites and other swing classics. Coming off a seven day summer tour which culminated in playing the Rockport Jazz Fest as the "Rising Star in Jazz Award," they are guaranteed to make you tap your foot and sing along.

Usual Suspects
Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12 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 artifacts (journals, poems, letters, lyrics, home movies, schoolwork) as shared by their original authors -- in front of total strangers.


Tuesday, February 14 at 8PM

Tickets $15 - $25


True Lust is a sincere take on Valentine's Day, showcasing all the aspects of what this holiday is supposed to be about - romance, love, lust, sex, and fun! With a live band, burlesque, poetry and more, it will be an intimate and sensual experience, punctuated by explosive sexuality, dancing, and silliness. A destination for couples as well as singles looking to get lucky, there will be chocolates at every table, performers to entertain you, and maybe a certain something in the air. 

Thursday, February 16 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 grade, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at The Story Collider, we want to hear those stories.

Friday, February 17 and Friday, March 10 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.

OBERON Presents
Saturday, February 18 at 7:30PM & 10:30PM
Tickets from $25

Queen Night at The Donkey Show is BACK! OBERON’s glittery world of freaks, fairies, flesh and fantasy goes drag this February with Effie Killjoy! From the disco booth to the dance floor, this disco diva inspired number will take place after each performance time.

Sunday, February 19 and Friday, February 24 at 8PM
Tickets $15

Sparkletown Productions is back with the first show of their 2017 season, and it’s sure to be A Kind of Magic. Fit for a Queen is a burlesque show set to the iconic sounds of everyone’s favorite flam rock band, Queen. With a roster full of Boston’s burlesque all-stars, We Will surely Rock You. You Want It All? In addition to performances by some of your favorite Fat Bottomed Girls, there will be live music by a Queen coverband. So join in – the show must go on!

Usual Suspect
Tuesday, February 21 and Tuesday, March 21 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 sotires 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!

OBERON Presents
February 28 – March 4
Tickets from $25

Written and Created by Erin Markey
Music by Erin Markey, Emily Bate, and Kenny Mellman
Lyrics by Erin Markey
Directed by Jordan Fein

In this fresh and surprising new musical, a live band and swath of carpet become the space for the thrills and terrors of a relationship between a vainglorious self-made girl and her family’s pontoon boat. They are in love, but when their relationship is tested by dust ruffles, sex for money, severe T-storms, and a secret cellar, the only way to stay together is to remember all the parts of themselves their bodies tried to forget.

OBERON Presents: The Mini Series
March 7 – 19
Tickets $45

By Wolf 359
Sarah Jane Tully, a 53-year-old actuary, is taking her first vacation in years, and you’ve been hired to cover for her. temping, the strange and comic tale of an employee’s inner life, is performed for an audience of one by a Windows PC, a corporate phone, a laser printer, and the Microsoft Office Suite. Filling in at Sarah Jane's cubicle, you’ll update client records, send emails, and eavesdrop on intra-office romance. Each performance is unique, depending on which tasks you accomplish and which of your co-workers you decide to trust. Contrasting the anonymity of an Excel spreadsheet with furtive moments of human intimacy, temping brings you deep into the heart of corporate America. Congratulations, you’re the new temp! Get ready to work. Each performance is only for an audience of one.

Thursday, March 9 at 8PM
Tickets from $25

The ‘Cabaret Superstar’ (New York Magazine), comedienne and chanteuse invigorates the genre by creating vintage arrangements & theatrical explorations of pop songs from every decade. Lady Rizo (nee Amelia Zirin-Brown) co-created the cult caburlesque spectacular Lady Rizo & the Assettes in 2005.

In January 2010 she won her first Grammy on a duet with acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma that was released on a holiday album featuring Diana Krall, James Taylor and Alison Krauss among others. She also sings and records with multi-platinum recording artist Moby and was nominated for an MVPA for the choreography of the video for the single New York, New York featuring Debbie Harry. Her distinctive, electric performance stylings take over OBERON for an unforgettable evening.

Sunday, March 12 at 8PM
Tickets $20

For anyone who doubted their decision to caulk their wagon and float, or shot more pounds of meat than humanly possible to carry, comes an original comedy about life on the Oregon Trail. Join three intrepid ladies as they journey Westward, bringing the Oregon Trail out of the computer lab and into your face. Snake bites have never been so fun! No oxen were harmed in the making of this play.

OBERON Presents
March 14 – 18 at 7:30PM
Tickets from $25

By Louis Greenstein and Kate Ferber

Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

After a sold-out run in 2015, One Child Born: The Music of Laura Nyro returns to OBERON. This acclaimed one-woman show, featuring Kate Ferber, celebrates the music and creative force of the late singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer whose pop masterpieces—including “Eli’s Comin’,” “And When I Die,” “Save the Country,” and “Stoney End”—topped the charts in the ‘60s and ‘70s.



The Long-Running Hit

Presented by A.R.T.

Every Saturday night at 10:30PM

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:
January 31, 2017

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