OBERON Announces March - April Programming

For Immediate Release: March 2, 2017

Contact: Emma Watt/Mark Lunsford 617.496.8004

program@cluboberon.com

 

OBERON ANNOUNCES

MARCH – APRIL PROGRAMMING

INCLUDING

A RIDE ON THE IRISH CREAM • GLOWBERON •

THE MINI SERIES • ONE CHILD BORN: THE MUSIC OF LAURA NYRO

 

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 March and April — 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 The Mini Series, a series designed for audiences of one to twenty-five, enhance OBERON’s dedication to fostering local and national artistry and aim to connect audiences with inventive, contemporary arts experiences.
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A RIDE ON THE IRISH CREAM
OBERON Presents
Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4 at 7:30PM
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.
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temping
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.

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LET’S FALL IN LOVE: THINKIN’ BIG PLAYS SINATRA
Wednesday, March 8 at 8PM
Tickets $10 - $20

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.  Dancing encouraged.
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LADY RIZO
OBERON Presents: GLOWBERON
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 (née 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.

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ACOUSTICAELECTRONICA
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.
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YOU HAVE DIED OF DYSENTERY!
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.
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ONE CHILD BORN: THE MUSIC OF LAURA NYRO
OBERON Presents – RETURN ENGAGEMENT
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.
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THE MOTH
Usual Suspect
Tuesday, March 21 and Tuesday, April 25 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!

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JUVENTAS: MUSIC IN FLIGHT
Wednesday, March 22 and Thursday, March 23 at 7:30PM
Tickets $15 - $28

Music in Flight brings composers and instrumentalists together with circus artists to create an unparalleled audio-visual experience. Aerialists, acrobats, and jugglers join Juventas’ musicians to create collaborative artworks in a cabaret setting. This event is part of Juventas’ Project Fusion series, which annually combines new music with other disciplines—from puppetry to performance art, robotics and more. Juventas New Music serves as an incubator for the most promising emerging composers of today and tomorrow. Join us in this unique curation of artistic worlds, and experience the new face of classical music.

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…BABY ONE MORE TIME: DIVAS THE ENCORE!
Friday, March 24 at 9:30PM
Tickets $15 - $35

Join DJ Mickey Grouse and Cassidy as they bring you Shameless: the most fun, most welcoming dance party in the galaxy. …Baby One More Time: DIVAS the Encore! will be a glitter-encrusted and star-studded affair worthy of a true DIVA! Everything fabulous you’ve come to expect: amazing performances, glitter drops, and the famous interactive green screen so you can finally star alongside your favorite divas in their most glamorous music videos. Your most outrageous diva impersonation or most toxic frock encouraged but not required. This event is 21+

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TEAR DOWN THE WALL
Saturday, March 25 at 2PM
Tickets $50

Part yoga class, part rock show, part emotional catharsis, Tear Down the Wall redefines the idea of fitness. Set to the legendary album, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, you will move through physical, energetic and emotional bodies. Through yoga postures, kriyas, strength, and vulnerability, we will tear down our wall brick by brick.

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ENDLESS BURLESQUE
Sunday, March 26 at 8PM
Tickets $15 - 25

An evening of dreamy delights to entice the mind, body and soul celebrating the sublime world of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. With a variety of burlesque, circus, dance and more inspired by the many immortal characters that populate Morpheus’ realm and beyond. Featuring a live band and costume contest!

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PHOENIX ORCHESTRA: HOME
Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30PM
Tickets $10 - $30

Join Phoenix Orchestra for Home, their third concert of their third season. This concert features the music of six different composers born in six different countries, all of whom, at some point in their lives, have found a home here in the United States of America.

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THIRD ANNUAL GRUDGE MATCH POETRY SLAM
Thursday, March 30 at 7PM
Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door

To prepare for National Poetry Month, greater Boston’s oldest and freshest poetry slam venues will take the stage for big-city bragging rights. Team captains Porsha Olayiwola (House Slam) and Simone Beaubien (Boston Poetry Slam) will be responsible for recruiting seven cutthroat slammers each, and they’ll be judged by five hyper-critical American Idol-style celebrity judges. Also featuring performances from locals including comedian Wes Hazard. Hosted by Emily Eastman and J.R. Mahung.

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HETEROTOPIA: A NEW ROCK OPERA FROM SCHOOLTREE
Friday, March 31 at 9PM
Tickets $15 - $25

Art rock ensemble Schooltree is releasing their long-awaited double album with a multimedia spectacular, integrating live music with light sculpture video installation that will transform OBERON into Otherspace. This first public performance will combine the music and imagery of Heterotopia into an immersive storytelling experience – a 3D concert which audiences will be able to walk right inside and become a part of. Following the classic hero’s quest in a modern urban setting, Heterotopia explores the themes of dystopia, dissociation and the spaces we occupy – and how they interact with one another to create transformation.

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2017 ARTSIMPULSE AWARDS BASH
Monday, April 3 at 7:30PM
FREE ADMISSION

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.

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RADIOTOPIA PRESENTS: 99% ALLUSIONAL
Tuesday, April 4 at 8PM
Tickets $20

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.

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VIOLET

April 5 – 15, 2017

Tickets $35 – Additional tickets on sale March 15

 

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. This spring, join Violet on her journey aboard a vehicle complete with singing and dancing passengers and a heart-warming story that explores healing, love and what it means to be beautiful. Violet is directed by Sammi Cannold and presented in collaboration with the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training.

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TOAST TO BABES & CRIMINALS
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.

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DON’T DREAM IT, TEASE IT: A TIM CURRY BURLESQUE
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!

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ONTHEFLOOR
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 and 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.

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THE DONKEY SHOW

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!
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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:
March 3, 2017

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