OBERON Announces May - June Programming

For Immediate Release: April 28, 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 May and June — including Visiting Artists and Usual Suspects.



Monday, May 1 at 7:30PM
Free Admission – SOLD OUT

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. Arrabal is the final production of the American Repertory Theater’s 2016/17 season and performs May 12 – June 18 at the Loeb Drama Center (64 Brattle Street, Harvard Square).


Thursday, May 4 and Thursday, May 11 at 8PM & Friday, May 5 and Friday, May 12 at 7PM & 10:30PM
Tickets $25 - $45

Throwback Thursday doesn’t have to be just once a week! Relive days gone by with the Boston Circus Guild (Cirque of the Dead, Speakeasy Circus) with 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 – SOLD OUT


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 guests 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 and Saturday, June 10 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 14 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.


Usual Suspect
Tuesday, May 16 and Tuesday, June 20 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 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!


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.


Thursday, May 18 at 6:30PM and 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.




Friday, May 19 at 8:30PM

Tickets $20 - $35


Calling all wrestlemaniacs, ultimate warriors, pencil-necked geeks and game show freaks! Throw on your best spandex singlet and get ready for the over-the-top, big back body drop, alt-trivia Wrestlemania that is Old School Game Show’s Wrestling Smacktacular! Featuring this month’s celebrity guests, The Boston League of Women Wrestlers (BLOWW) and a rasslin’ themed dance number from those butt-kicking body rockers in gold lame, the Cubic Zirconia Dancers. Plus the rump-shaking grooves of The Swinging OSGS House Band, fabulous prizes from amazing local sponsors, surprise guests, and so much more!



Thursday, May 25 and Friday, May 26 at 8PM

Tickets $25 - $45


Presented by Tony Williams Ballet Company, home of the Urban Nutcracker, now in its 17th year, Life: In Color is a 360-degree dance extravaganza featuring jazz and rock-n-roll music from the 1960s to today told through a plethora of dance styles. A touching human story surfaces as emotion is explored through color—literal and metaphorical—while your senses are stimulated throughout the nightclub-esque venue. The sounds of former eras bring us into our current political and social climate, confronting us with reflections of the past through choreography of today. Politics, race, hope & human nature converge in a vibrant ballet journey of emotion, set against a background of rock & jazz tracks of the past 60 years.




Sunday, May 28 and 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.


Wednesday, May 31 at 6:45PM
Tickets $20

Join Guerilla Opera in celebrating 10 seasons of 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!


Friday, June 2 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.




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.



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.



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.




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?!


Thursday, June 22 at 8PM

Tickets $17 - $20


Boston’s premiere all-male burlesque troupe 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.



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 28, 2017

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