OBERON Announces July - August Programming

For Immediate Release: June 30, 2017

Contact: Emma Watt/Mark Lunsford 617.496.8004

program@cluboberon.com

 

OBERON ANNOUNCES

JULY – AUGUST PROGRAMMING
 

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 July and August — including OBERON Presents, Visiting Artists and Usual Suspects.

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NONYE BROWN-WEST PRESENTS: WILL SMITH – A COMEDY VARIETY SHOW
Friday, July 7 at 8PM

Tickets $15 - $20

 

Join producer/host Nonye Brown-West and Boston’s top comedians and burlesque performers as we show our appreciation for Will Smith – the Freshest Prince. Three days after Independence Day, for one night only, we can all rock the house Big Willie style. Celebrate the Willennium with stand-up comedy from Chanel Ali, Corey Manning, Kelly MacFarland, and Nick Chambers and burlesque from Sake Toomey, Maggie Maraschino, Jolie LaVie, Benji Bombay, and more.

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MORTIFIED
Usual Suspect

Saturday, July 8 and Saturday, August 5 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. 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.

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WITNESS THE WASTELAND: 2 FAST 2 FURIOSA
Thursday, July 13 at 8PM

Tickets $15 - $25

 

Witness the Wasteland: 2 Fast 2 Furiosa is a tribute to the world of Mad Max. This year, journey even deeper into the heart of the charred future with high-octane burlesque, circus, belly-dancing, and more!

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BLONDE SIDE OF THE MOON
Friday, July 14 at 9PM and Saturday, July 15 at 7PM

Tickets $25 - $55

 

Niki Luparelli presents Blonde Side of the Moon, the latest in her series of electric and erotic shows where the boozy chanteuse and cheeky comic covers classic rock songs while classy ladies uncover themselves and sometimes hang from the ceiling. A bevy of New England’s most acclaimed ecdysiasts will be disrobing in the flesh and dancing alongside her. On July 14, the show will be longer and more elaborate for Pink Floyd fans of the deepest dye. On July 15, the show will be slightly abridged and set at a faster pace.

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YOUR BODY AND YOU
Sunday, July 16 and Thursday, July 20 at 8PM

Tickets $15 - $20

 

What did you learn in health class? Abstinence, fear and maybe how to roll a condom onto a banana? Rogue Burlesque presents Your Body and You, a health assembly full of cautionary tales, celebratory moments, and your recommended daily dose of striptease! Health teacher Joan (comic Jessie Baade) guides the gifted gals of Rogue through the horrors of puberty, sexual awakening, and personal hygiene! With an assist from gym teacher Jim (Dale Stones of Sirlesque), dancing STDs, and an epic, live-action contraception battle, you’ll leave loving every body!

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BUBBLING BROWN SUGAR BURLESQUE
Sunday, July 23 at 7PM

Tickets $20 - $35

 

Excitement energizes the air. Ice clicking in cocktails as everyone awaits the musicians arrive to the bandstand. Essence Revealed (Boston native & Queen of Classic Burlesque Milan Extraordinaire 2016) brings you top stars of NYC’s burlesque scene, shakes, shimmies, bumps and grinds to live music and sultry dancers. A super sparkly evening of world-class burlesque with a neo-twist awaits.

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THE MOTH
Usual Suspect
Tuesday, July 18 and Tuesday, August 8 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 July 18 is Armor. Prepare a five-minute story about gearing up against outside forces, real or imagined. Helmets, bulletproof glass, biting sarcasm. The foxhole of your heart! The bunker of your soul! Feigning nonchalance, pretending to be impenetrable, building a wall. Protective damage control! Defenses up. The theme on August 8 is Deadlines. From term papers to having the house spotless before your mother-in-law arrives, as well as: hunting for gas with the needle on E, your first million by 30, abs of steel by summer, finding a willing lover before the Viagra wears off, smoking your LAST cigarette, getting all your dental work done before you get laid-off, speaking your mind before the vow of silence kicks in or LAST CALL!

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GLOW FESTIVAL: JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND – JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND SHOWS UP
OBERON and Three Thirty Three Presents
Thursday, July 27 at 7:30PM & 10PM

Tickets $25 - $45

 

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!”

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GLOW FESTIVAL: BRIAN KING & WHAT TIME IS IT, MR. FOX? – GRAVITATIONAL FOOL
OBERON and Three Thirty Three Presents
Friday, July 28 at 7PM

Tickets $25

 

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 way 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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GLOW FESTIVAL: MARGA GOMEZ – POUND
OBERON and Three Thirty Three Presents
Friday, July 28 at 10PM

Tickets $25

 

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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GLOW FESTIVAL: TAMMY FAYE STARLITE – NICO: EVENING OF LIGHT
OBERON and Three Thirty Three Presents
Saturday, July 29 at 7PM

Tickets $25

 

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, whuch is as protean as her flickering soul.

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GLOW FESTIVAL: PENNY ARCADE – LONGING LASTS LONGER
OBERON and Three Thirty Three Presents
Sunday, July 30 at 8PM

Tickets $25

 

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 exuberant performance anthem that will have you thinking, laughing, and dancing at the same time!

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THE BIG QUIZ THING
Wednesday, August 2 at 8PM

FREE ADMISSION

 

As seen as the world’s first bar-trivia TV show, The Big Quiz Thing—creators of the finest corporate and private live-trivia entertainment nationwide and a longtime Boston-area sensation—returns to OBERON for one night only! Hosted by the BQT’s founder Quizmaster Noah Tarnow, The Big Quiz Thing is way more than a bar trivia event: it’s a full team-based game show, with video and audio puzzles, the Lightning Round, the Buzzertastic Finale, and the best, most “figureoutable” trivia questions anywhere, all played via the BQT’s unique digital answer system (play on your smartphone or another digital device). Plus, there’s hope for the non-geeky: smart-ass points for wrong but funny answers. All for honor, glory, and prizes.

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THE ZEALOUS LABORERS
Thursday, August 3 at 8PM

Tickets $5 - $15

 

The Zealous Laborers, an evening-length dance work, is a collaboration between choreographers Lorraine Chapman and David Parker dealing with the legacy of The Shakers, a Christian sect founded in the 18th century and now nearly extinct. Chapman and Parker are interested in grappling with their artistic legacy through dance. The Zealous Laborers is set to a wide variety of music from traditional Shaker hymns to Aaron Copland’s treatment of their “Simple Gifts” from Appalachian Spring.

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DIRTY POP
Friday, August 4 at 8PM

Tickets $15 - $20

 

Lucky Charming is celebrating his birthday in the best way he knows how: by rounding up a gang of Boston’s best burlesque artists to pay tribute to your favorite boy-bands. These Nude Kids on the Block will be turning the temperature up way past 98° and providing you with an evening of entertainment that is perfectly N’SYNC with all of your fanatic fantasies, from Backstreet and beyond, in this boy-band burlesque evening!

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MAGIC DYKE
Sunday, August 6 at 8PM

Tickets $15 - $20

 

Presented by The Slaughterhouse Society, Magic Dyke is a steamy, bumping, grinding, pulsing tornado of drag kings, and queer performers ready to tease, please, and have you hit your knees. Custom cocktails will be available for your pleasure at the bar – a little liquid courage may be required. Featuring some of the most sensual kings in Boston, as well as a tasty sample of body positive gender bender performers!

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ALTERNA-TEASE
Thursday, August 10 and Friday, August 11 at 8PM

Tickets $25 - $35

 

Is your summer in need of some sizzle and sparkle? If so, you won’t want to miss Alterna-TEASE – two nights of the nation’s freshest, hottest, and craziest striptease! Organized by local burlesque performers Lolli Hoops, Femme Brulee, and Jane Doe, this wacky festival, now in its fifth year, brings together neo-burlesque performers from all over the US and Canada in a celebration of artful oddity and beautiful weirdos!

 

Thursday, August 10 is the New England Clambake, where a raucous round of talent from far and wide kicks off the weekend early, hosted by Madge of Honor and featuring headliners Essence Revealed and Tigger. Friday, August 11 is The Ta-Tas: The Alterna-tease Awards Spectacular, helmed by Jeez Loueez and featuring local talents with special guest headliners Kitten ‘n Lou.

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BURN ALL NIGHT – WORLD PREMIERE

A.R.T. Presents

August 18 – September 8

Tickets from $25

 

In an age of uncertainty, four lost souls come to the city in search of themselves. An unflinching look at being young on the eve of global catastrophe, this world premiere musical directed by Jenny Koons (A Sucker Emcee, In This Moment) and choreographed by Tony nominee Sam Pinkleton (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) features a synth-pop score by Teen Commandments members Van Hughes, Nick LaGrasta, and Brett Moses with a book and lyrics by Andy Mientus (“SMASH”). Burn All Night will be performed with standing room on the dance floor.
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THE DONKEY SHOW

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!
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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.

 

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Release Date:
June 30, 2017

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