The 2016/17 OBERON Presents lineup features headline performances as well as four curated series of theater, dance, performance art, and multimedia events.
Sound Society: Dietrich Strause
How Cruel That Hunger Binds
September 15, 2016
This unique release show will feature Strause leading his band through the new album top to bottom, incorporating video projections and a spoken-word DJ.
GLOWBERON: Dane Terry
September 22, 2016
Solo music theater sensation Dane Terry paints surreal scenes with songs and stories of childhood and coming of age in mid-America with Bird In The House.
OBERON Presents: We're Gonna Die
October 4 - 8, 2016
After a sold-out run in April 2016, Company One Theatre’s production is back! Playwright Young Jean Lee (Straight White Men) blends storytelling, stand-up, music, and theater into a song cycle that lets us know we may be miserable anticipating our demise, but at least we won’t be alone.
The Mini Series: U R ★
October 13 - November 6, 2016
A graphic-novel, musical experience presented in the artist’s apartment for audiences of five people.
The Mini Series: The Garden
By Nichole Canuso Dance Company
October 20 - 30, 2016
Oscillating between viewer and participant, four audience members embark on an intimate yet expansive journey inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities and Jorge Luis Borges’ short story “The Garden of Forking Paths.”
GLOWBERON: Joey Arias
November 3, 2016
Back on the East coast from co-writing Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity, Arias graces OBERON with a one-night-only concert event this fall.
OBERON Presents: Our Carnal Hearts
November 9 - 12, 2016
British solo performer Rachel Mars gleefully rummages through our darkest urges, basking in envy through song and revelry.
Sound Society: Parsonsfield
Blooming Through The Black
November 17, 2016
A special night of music and visual art to celebrate the release of their stirring new album Blooming Through The Black.
Sound Society: The Sweetback Sisters'
Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular
December 15, 2016
This wildly popular show requires a bit of audience participation and a love for all genres of holiday music with a healthy dose of trivia, prizes, and matching outfits.
GLOWBERON: Johnny Blazes and Brian King
January 13, 2017
Identities blur as the pair explores intersections and spaces between their versions of queerdom, interlacing story, song, and video to expose the gaps.
I.D. Festival: Alison Young and the Swinging Steaks
January 22, 2017
Bridging the gap between the LGBTQ+ community and country rock and roll, Alison Young brings her fusion of two unlikely worlds to OBERON for one night only.
I.D. Festival: Peacock Rebellion
Brouhaha: QTPOC Stand-Up Comedy
January 27, 2017
Stand-up, storytelling, and spoken word performed by this queer + trans people of color crew of artist-activist-healers – all hilarious, all with an activist twist.
I.D. Festival: Our Lady J
Gospel for the Godless
January 28, 2017
An exhilarating celebration of well-known pop songs, reimagined through the gospel lens.
I.D. Festival: NIC Kay
January 29, 2017
An experimental solo performance influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows, butoh and praise dance.
I.D. Festival: A.R.T. of Human Rights
Screening of My Prairie Home with discussion featuring Rae Spoon, NIC Kay and others
Moderated by Timothy Patrick McCarthy
January 30, 2017
A screening of the documentary-musical My Prairie Home followed by a discussion with Rae Spoon and performance artist NIC Kay about accessibility, process, creation, and the challenges ahead for trans and queer artists, moderated by Timothy Patrick McCarthy.
I.D. Festival: Kit Yan
February 3, 2017
A solo slam poetry show that explores Yan's identities, asks what queer hearts and families are made of and interrogates the forces that constantly work to break them apart.
I.D. Festival: Calpernia Addams
February 4, 2017
Calpernia's debut album of original acoustic music to give testimony of her still-unquenchable passion for authenticity, hope and adventure.
OBERON Presents: A Ride on the Irish Cream
February 28 - March 4, 2017
Cabaret and performance artist Erin Markey (There's A New Emergency Contact in Town) returns to OBERON. Anchored in the memories of a Michigan backyard, this coming-of-age musical explores the thrills and terrors of the relationship between a girl and her family's pontoon boat.
The Mini Series: temping
By Wolf 359
March 7 - 19, 2017
This strange and comic tale performed for an audience of one via a PC, a corporate phone, and a laser printer thrusts you into the role of a temp covering for an actuary on holiday.
GLOWBERON: Lady Rizo
March 9, 2017
‘Cabaret Superstar’ (New York Magazine), comedienne, and chanteuse, Lady Rizo, revives the genre by creating theatrical explorations of pop songs from every decade.
ONE CHILD BORN: The Music of Laura Nyro
March 14 - 18, 2017
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.
The Mini Series: Violet
Featuring actors from the A.R.T. Institute Class of 2017
April 4 - 15, 2017
A musical ride on a moving bus for 25 people, Violet tells the story of a young woman who travels cross-country to seek treatment for a disfiguring scar.
OBERON Presents: ONTHEFLOOR
April 27 & 28, 2017
Driven by pumping bass, glitter, and dance theory in near-equal parts, The Dance Cartel takes Cambridge by storm in this whirlwind of electrifying movement.