OBERON Announces June - July Programming

For Immediate Release: June 1, 2017

Contact: Emma Watt/Mark Lunsford 617.496.8004

program@cluboberon.com

 

OBERON ANNOUNCES

JUNE – JULY 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 June and July — including Visiting Artists and Usual Suspects.

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THE FINAL FRONTEASE: A BURLESQUE TRIBUTE TO STAR TREK

Thursday, June 1 at 8PM

Tickets $10 - $20

 

Gather on Holodeck 4 for a night of keeping up with the Cardassians, Spock(ing) the Casbah, and fifty shades of Earl Grey. Host/producer Sake Toomey and some of your favorite burlesque performers from Boston and beyond are thrilled to engage you with a night of nerdlesque guaranteed to have your hearts racing at warp speed.

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ACOUSTICAELECTRONICA
Friday, June 2 at 10PM
Tickets $15 - $55

Succumb to an awe-inspiring experience that stimulates all of your senses. Touch Performance Art’s 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.

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ONCE MORE WITH PASTIES
Sunday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 6 at 8PM
Tickets $15 - $25

Into every generation, a burlesque show is born: one event in all the world, a chosen show. It alone has the strength and skill to bring you vampires, Slayers, and the forces of darkness. It is Once More With Pasties: A Buffy Burlesque! Join in as OBERON is transformed into the Bronze, open the Hellmouth one more time, and make with the sexy in this burlesque tribute to the cutest of the Scoobies. Wear your 90s best, grab a signature cocktail, and sit back for an evening of basking in all things Buffy!

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BROTHERS MCCANN

Thursday, June 8 at 8PM

Tickets $15 - $20

 

Long-time friends and collaborators, The Brothers McCann with Spotted Tiger and Whiskey Heart have been making music together across the country for almost 10 years. All three acts will feature collaborations throughout this special evening of local family and rock & roll roots.

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EN-ER-GY 8

Friday, June 9 at 8:30PM

Tickets $15 - $25

 

EN-ER-GY is a celebration of Boston’s eclectic art communities. It is an annual show in which the audience and artists give each other as much love, life, experience, and energy as possible. Presented as an opportunity to bring a diverse cast of amazing artists and guests under one roof to celebrate the diversity of art in this city, EN-ER-GY is a contribution to Boston’s music, poetry and dance scenes.

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MORTIFIED

Saturday, June 10 and Saturday, July 8 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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MARTHA GRAHAM CRACKER CABARET: THINGS AREN’T ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM

Thursday, June 15 at 7:30PM

Tickets from $25

 

The world’s tallest and hairiest drag queen and her band are coming for you, Boston. Martha Graham Cracker is considered to be Philadelphia’s best cabaret performer. Created by Dito van Reigersberg, Martha is a powerful 6 ft+ cabaret singer, comedian, and entertainer. In obvious need of manscaping, Martha and her band will provide a marvelous and moving evening of song. Martha was a year-long artist-in-residence at the National Jewish Museum and has performed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Joe’s Pub in NYC, L’Etage, and elsewhere. After the show, enjoy a talkback with Martha and Abe Rybeck, founder of Boston’s Theater Offensive.

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REVENGE OF THE ROBOT BATTLE NUNS

Friday, June 16 and Sunday, June 18 at 8PM

Tickets $15 - $20

 

Resurrected for its fifth run from The Slaughterhouse Society, this original, sci-fi, gore, horror epic is BACK. For those with a strong stomach, a twisted mind, and a perverse groin, Revenge of the Robot Battle Nuns is an apocalyptic adventure from the brain of a burlesque dancer. What happens when two people who hate each other the most end up stuck together in the end of the world? Is your mind and body prepared for the lesbian spider cult? And WHO are the robot battle nuns?!
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THE MOTH
Usual Suspect
Tuesday, June 20 and Tuesday, July 18 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 June 20 is Outnumbered. Prepare a five minute story about being in the minority. In times of crisis: back alley brawls, political skirmishes, family reunions. Or times of plenty: pool boy at swimsuit model’s retreat or the lone voice of reason in a sea of panic. The quixotic thrill of taking on a bigger army or the panic of getting flanked.

 

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.

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MASCULINITEASE: SO FRAGILE
Thursday, June 22 at 8PM

Tickets $17 - $20

 

Boston’s premiere all-male burlesque troupe, Sirlesque, is back with their annual celebration of masculine striptease. And this time they’re revealing their more… tender side? As well as their beautiful bods, of course. The jaunty gents are prepared to unpack their pride and privilege, in hopes of inspiring plenty of gasps and giggles.

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SHAKINA NAYFACK – MANIFEST PUSSY
Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24 at 7:30PM

Tickets $25

 

Manifest Pussy is a journey of trans* liberation that follows the time leading up to and through Shakina’s gender transition. Weaving together songs and stories from her previous tour de force solo musicals One Woman Show and Post-Op, Manifest Pussy blurs the lines between the sacred and profane. Combining storytelling with cutting edge spoken word, and glitter-rock vocals featuring original songs by Julianne Wick Davis, Joel Waggoner, Zoe Sarnak, Joe Iconis, Nikko Benson, Sam Salmond, Michael R. Jackson, Teresa Lotz, Lauren Marcus, Shaina Taub and more!
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THE STORY COLLIDER
Wednesday, June 28 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.

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FIFTY SHADES OF BEY
Thursday, June 29 and Friday, June 30 at 8PM

Tickets $22 - $27

 

Brought to you by Lipstick Criminals and director Vanessa White (Sugar Dish), creator of The Slutcracker, Fifty Shades of Bey promises a night of fresh, original choreography performed to a bangin’ selection of the Queen Bey’s bootylicious catalog.

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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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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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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 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 1, 2017

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