For Immediate Release: October 19, 2016

Contact: Katalin Mitchell 617.495.2668






Written and performed by Rachel Mars

With original music composed and arranged by Louise Mothersole

November 9-12


Cambridge, MA — OBERON, the American Repertory Theater’s (A.R.T.) second stage and club theater venue on the fringe of Harvard Square, is pleased to present Our Carnal Hearts, written and performed by Rachel Mars, with original music composed and arranged by Louise Mothersole, from Wednesday, November 9 to Saturday, November 12 at 7:30PM at OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge.


Tickets, from $25-$35, are on sale now at AmericanRepertoryTheater.org or by phone at 617-547-8300. Group, student, and senior discounts are available.


The creation of UK-based performance artist Rachel Mars, Our Carnal Hearts is a gleeful, musical celebration of our competitive spirits. The show calls envy—of everyone we've ever wanted to be and everything we've ever wanted to own—into the spotlight through a medley of folk tales, Tweets, contemporary personalities, and Sacred Harp singing. A comic, edgy toast to our competitive spirits and a rumbling dance for the ugly, gutter-tramping parts of our souls, Our Carnal Hearts is presented in association with Lucy Jackson and Arch 468.


Rachel Mars is a performance maker borrowing from theatre, live art and comedy. She is an established voice on the UK Alternative theatre scene. She has performed across the UK, including at the South Bank Centre, Tate Modern and Royal Court Theatre and at festivals including Glastonbury and Spill.  She is a finalist in the 2016 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award at the Barbican, London.


Most recently she has been commissioned by Fuel Theatre and The Wellcome Trust and undertaken residencies at The Orchard Project and Asylum, New York; Playwrights' Workshop, Montreal and Cove Park, UK. She has shown work at festivals internationally including at Fusebox, Texas; Wildside, Montreal and Hot! NYC. Rachel is a regular on BBC Radio's 'Pause for Thought' and has written for The Stage, The Guardian and The Jewish Chronicle. Rachel is an artist fellow of Birkbeck University, London. She has taught at various universities and artist development courses around the UK.


Rachel's recent shows have included The Way You Tell Them which interrogated the use and abuse of humor, a participatory piece about the science of rage (which saw young girls smashing her dad's reject pottery artwork to bits with hammers) and a dissection of 1980s pop and political language The Lady's Not For Walking Like An Egyptian, that smashed together the speeches of Thatcher with lyrics from the highest selling female pop stars of the decade.


Louise Mothersole is a composer and performance maker. She specializes in choral composition and satirical song. She has composed for Rachel Mars, Stacy Makishi and performs and writes music for her award-winning duo Sh!t Theatre (Fringe First, Edinburgh 2016, Total Theatre Award 2014, Amnesty Award 2015). 


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 local, emerging and celebrated 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.


OBERON is located at 2 Arrow Street at the corner of Mass Ave. in Harvard Square, Cambridge. For tickets, call (617) 547-8300, or visit cluboberon.com.



Release Date:
October 19, 2016

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