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2018/19 Season

Engaging audiences around vital stories of resistance and resilience from around the globe.
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A.R.T. 2018/19 Subscription Pricing

3-Play Preview Choose-Your-Own: $99 – $111^
4-Play Preview Choose-Your-Own: $132 – $144^
5-Play Preview Choose-Your-Own: $165 – $177^
(6-Play) Total Preview Experience: $195

3-Play Choose-Your-Own: $192 – $200^
4-Play Choose-Your-Own: $256 – $264^
5-Play Choose-Your-Own: $320 – $328^
(6-Play) Total Experience: $355

^Pricing depends on show selection.

The 2018/19 Season is marked by its international scope, lifting up stories from the Harlem of Langston Hughes to the streets of contemporary Cairo, from a small island in South Korea to the barber shops of Accra, Kampala, and Johannesburg. I am thrilled to be celebrating my tenth anniversary at the A.R.T. with a season embodying our commitment to daring new work that expands the boundaries of theater. Featuring multiple world premieres, next season will engage audiences around vital stories of resistance and resilience from around the globe.

Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus

Subscription Season

The Black Clown

World premiere
Adapted from Langston Hughes’ poem by Davóne Tines and Michael Schachter
Music by Michael Schachter
Directed by Zack Winokur
August 31 – September 23, 2018 at Loeb Drama Center

The Black Clown is a world premiere music theater experience that fuses vaudeville, gospel, opera, jazz, and spirituals to bring Langston Hughes’ verse to life onstage and animate a Black man’s resilience against a legacy of oppression. The production features Davóne Tines (Crossing andRun AMOC! Festival) in the title role, an ensemble of twelve, and a new score by Michael Schachter (Run AMOC! Festival).


Music Directed by Lance Horne
Directed by Diane Paulus
November 16 – 30, 2018 at Loeb Drama Center

In celebration of Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus’ 10th anniversary season, join A.R.T. artists and special guests for performances and songs from the past ten seasons of boundary-breaking musicals.

Barber Shop Chronicles

By Inua Ellams
Directed by Bijan Sheibani
A Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse co-production
December 5, 2018 – January 5, 2019 at Loeb Drama Center

Newsroom and political platform, confession box and stadium—for generations, barber shops have been places where African men gather to discuss the world. Leaping from London to Johannesburg, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, and Accra, Inua Ellams’ dynamic new play traces the global ties between these spaces where the banter can be barbed and the truth is always telling. Barber Shop Chronicles arrives in Cambridge as part of its US premiere tour following critically acclaimed runs at London’s National Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.


By William Shakespeare
Directed by Bill Rauch
An Oregon Shakespeare Festival Production
January 13 – February 9, 2019 at Loeb Drama Center

In Shakespeare’s most intimate tragedy, director Bill Rauch (All the WayFingersmith) explores society’s polarizing struggles with difference. Consumed by their bigotry and xenophobia, those who praised the Moorish general Othello for his military successes now reject his marriage to Desdemona. The newlyweds are determined to overcome this resentment, but Othello’s assignment in Cyprus draws them into the web of his lieutenant Iago, whose jealousy knows no bounds. A.R.T. brings the original company of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s acclaimed production to Cambridge.


World premiere
By Celine Song
Directed by Sammi Cannold
February 26 – March 17, 2019 at Loeb Drama Center

On the Korean island of Man-Jae, three elderly women spend their dying days diving into the ocean and harvesting seafood with rusty knives. They are “haenyeos”—sea women—and they have no heirs to their millennium-old tradition. Directed by Sammi Cannold (Violet at A.R.T., Ragtime on Ellis Island), Celine Song’s Endlings follows these extraordinary women both on land and underwater as they swim beneath the waves and reach beyond the shores of their tiny island.

We Live in Cairo

World premiere
Book, Music and Lyrics by Daniel Lazour and Patrick Lazour
Music Supervision by Or Matias
Directed by Taibi Magar
May 14 – June 16, 2019 at Loeb Drama Center

Inspired by the young Egyptians who took to the streets to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, this new musical follows six revolutionary students armed with laptops and cameras, guitars and spray cans as they come of age in a contemporary Cairo. Winner of the 2016 Richard Rodgers Award for Musical Theater.

A.R.T. Breakout

Formerly known as OBERON Presents, the A.R.T. Breakout series presents cutting-edge performances that push theatrical boundaries at OBERON and beyond. Tickets to A.R.T. Breakout performances are available as add-ons to subscription packages—single tickets will go on sale to the general public later this year.

Borrowed Cash: Busted! The Reunion Tour

Written and performed by Daniel Jenkins and Melissa van der Schyff
Featuring the songs of Randy Newman and Lucinda Williams
September 13 – 23, 2018 at OBERON

Borrowed Cash (the band that claims their versions of Randy Newman and Lucinda Williams’ hits are even more original than the originals) skyrocketed to international popularity with their Grammy-winning record Passionate Kisses, but their success was soon derailed by a shocking scandal that shook the music industry. After years of silence, Borrowed Cash: Busted! The Reunion Tour reunites original band members and estranged lovers Ann Marie Mayfield and Harper Stanton onstage for the first time in 15 years. This multi-media live concert event will include their unique** hits and revealing documentary footage.

**Randy Newman and Lucinda Williams songs as subject to pending court ruling 234 penal code 7

From Sara Porkalob’s Dragon Cycle

Created and performed by Sara Porkalob
March 20 – April 6, 2019 at OBERON

After a run at OBERON in the spring of 2018, virtuosic performer Sara Porkalob returns with Dragon Lady, and also turns her attention to another chapter of her family’s history with Dragon Mama, the second piece in her Dragon Cycle.

Dragon LadyReturn Engagement
It is the year of the Water Dragon and the eve of Grandma Maria’s 60th birthday. By the light of the karaoke machine, fueled by pork dumplings and Diet Pepsi, she shares a dark secret from her Filipino gangster past with one lucky grandchild. Traversing 50 years of faulty family memories, Seattle-based performer Sara Porkalob returns to share this timely new musical about what it means to come to America.

Dragon Mama
How does a Dragon earn her wings? Maria Porkalob, Jr. yearns for a gayer, more POC-filled life than Bremerton, WA can offer. When presented with an opportunity to make a quick fortune, Maria must make an important decision: leave her debt-ridden mother, four young siblings, and newborn daughter for the wild unknown of Alaska, or stay close to home, family, and intergenerational trauma. The second play in her Dragon Cycle, Sara Porkalob’s new solo show traverses 25 years of her mother’s life filled with queer love in a barren land, a dope 90s R&B soundtrack, and Filipino gangsters. This is Dragon Mama.

Black Light

Created by Daniel Alexander Jones
Original Songs by Jomama Jones, Laura Jean Anderson, Bobby Halvorson, Dylan Meek, and Josh Quat
May 15 – 19, 2019 at OBERON

Daniel Alexander Jones performs as the iconic Jomama Jones in a spiritual revival for turbulent times. This intimate journey through the darkness of personal and political upheaval and the shards of shattered illusions is illuminated by spontaneous humor and what The New Yorker calls Jones’ “very particular radiance.” Drawing musical influence from Prince, Sade, Diana Ross, and Tina Turner, Black Light is marked significantly by the Black American Freedom movement, Afromysticism, goddess mythology, and divination. This immersive performance piece removes the barrier between artist and audience through inquiry, story, and song.


Created & Performed by Diana Oh
April 24 – 28, 2019 at OBERON

Diana Oh is a witch. She knows it. So do her closest friends. Clairvoyance runs in her family. She went to a spiritual counselor in the jungle in Thailand, and the spiritual counselor told her to sing and go wild in Boston. Everything else the spiritual counselor said came true, so Diana is doing it. Clairvoyance is an exchange of energy designed to bypass the bullshit and celebrate the knowledge of our bodies. It’s a concert, it’s a party, with moments of divination. Diana Oh performs her original soul, pop, rock, and punk music from journal entries and the beyond. She is one of Refinery 29’s Top 14 LGBTQ Influencers, creator of {my lingerie play}, and the first Queer Korean-American interviewed on Korean Broadcast Radio. Upworthy and The Wall Street Journal call her “Badass.” The New York Times calls her “Irreverent.” You can call her “Friend.”

Afterglow @ OBERON

Afterglow @ OBERON features playwrights, cabaret performers, and solo artists in a collaborative series curated by Quin Cox, founder of Provincetown’s annual Afterglow Festival. Past performers include Joey Arias, Erin Markey, Johnny Blazes, and Lady Bunny. Tickets to Afterglow @ OBERON performances are available as add-ons to subscription packages—single tickets will go on sale to the general public later this year.

Tori Scott: Tori Scott is #Thirsty
October 11, 2018 at 8PM
“The Bette Midler of the new millennium” (Provincetown Magazine) performs a shameless musical journey of autobiographical stories.

Taja Lindley: The Bag Lady Manifesta
November 15, 2018 at 8PM
An installation and performance ritual through movement, burlesque, and more for a world that treats Black life as if it is disposable.

Dan Fishback: Dan Fishback Alone!
January 17, 2019 at 8PM
The playwright, performer, musician, and director performs a repertoire of queer desire and disaster from his solo career, band, and musicals.

The Illustrious Blacks: Hyperbolic!
February 21, 2019 at 8PM
Manchildblack and Monstah Black fuse music, dance, theater, and fashion to expand minds, shake bootys, and encourage all to be bold, be brave, and be you.

The Bearded Ladies Cabaret: John Jarboe as Mx. Rogers in a Musical Healing Ritual for Adults: You Can Never Go Down the Drain
March 14, 2019 at 8PM
A goldfish funeral, gay romps into the land of make-believe, and some earnest questions about irony using and abusing iconic songs from Mr. Rogers Neighborhood.

Sven Ratzke: Amsterdam to Mars
April 18, 2019 at 8PM
Featuring songs by Brecht, Bowie, Weill, and Wainwright, prepare to meet pimps, lovers, angels, and devils in this intimate cabaret performance.


Live @ OBERON includes an eclectic array of musical artists for exceptional original performances. Tickets to Live @ OBERON performances are available as add-ons to subscription packages—single tickets will go on sale to the general public later this year. Spring artists will be announced at a later date.

August 3, 2018
The Boston Music Award-winning hip hop group returns to kick off Live @ OBERON.

Camino 84
September 7, 2018
Local disco/funk band brings special guests for an immersive live music experience.

Samora Pinderhughes’ The Transformations Suite
October 6 & 7, 2018
Music, theater, film, and poetry combine to examine the radical history of resistance within the communities of the African diaspora.

Billy Dean Thomas
November 2, 2018
Also known as “The Queer B.I.G”, Billy Dean is a musician who challenges the hip hop game with lyrics that align with #blacklivesmatter and intersectional feminism.

The Sweetback Sisters’ Country Christmas Singalong Spectacular
December 14 & 15, 2018
Back for a third year, The Sweetback Sisters bring their signature take on the Holiday sing-along to OBERON, complete with Christmas trivia.

Additional Programming

Run AMOC! Festival

A.R.T. will present the American Modern Opera Company’s second annual Run AMOC! Festival in December 2018. An opera company comprised of a diverse collective of singers, dancers, instrumentalists, a director, and a composer, AMOC aims to expand the definition and reach of opera in our world through collaborative, interdisciplinary work. Festival programming will be announced at a later date.

The Donkey Show

The long-running hit The Donkey Showdirected by Diane Paulus, continues for its 10th season at OBERON every Saturday night. Delivering the ultimate disco experience, the crazy circus of mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller skaters and hustle queens is inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The glitter-filled 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 fever fantasy.