American Repertory Theater Announces its 2010/11 Season
A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus commented: "My first year has been a dream come true for me and I am grateful to our audiences who have embraced the idea of "experiencing the A.R.T." by flocking to Sleep No More in Brookline, keeping The Donkey Show running for over 8 months, supporting new work with Best of Both Worlds and Johnny Baseball, and saluting the Emerging America Festival partnership with the Huntington and ICA. In 2010/2011, I will continue to investigate work that is driven by music, both from the established canon and with world premieres of new work that will take us from Weimar Germany to a future in which robots discuss the meaning of death. We will also delve into the classics with a festival of Greek plays that speak directly to our lives today with questions of civic responsibility when faced with the trauma of war. I promise that our 2010/2011 season will be another year of theatrical events - from rock stars to a robot chorus, mosh pits to the geodesic dome, Sophocles to Lewis Carroll - there will be something for everyone."
The 2010/11 Season includes:
book by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood; music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, directed by Steven Bogart
"There was a cabaret, and there was a Master-of-Ceremonies and there was a city called Berlin in a country called Germany. It was the end of the world . . . and I was dancing with Sally Bowles and we were both asleep. . . . " - Cliff in Cabaret
Take your seat at the Kit Kat Klub, the perfectly marvelous cabaret where singer Sally Bowles meets writer Cliff Bradshaw. As the two pursue a life of pleasure in Weimar Berlin, the world outside the Klub begins to splinter. Presiding over it all is singer, songwriter, and former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer as the Kit Kat Klub's magnetic Emcee, with A.R.T. regulars Thomas Derrah and Jeremy Geidt.
Amanda Palmer said: "I'm over the moon about being able to use OBERON as an artistic playground this fall . . . and this project is long-time dream-collision of working on Cabaret and working with Steven Bogart, whose directing genius will finally find the audience it deserves."
Oberon, September 2010
• ALICE vs. WONDERLAND
based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, adapted by Brendan Shea, directed by János Szász
Lewis Carroll meets Lady Gaga in this fantastical update of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This new adaptation seamlessly blends the lyrical whimsy of Alice with modern pop music, high-octane physical theater, and the dynamic vision of acclaimed Hungarian director János Szász (Mother Courage, Marat Sade, The Seagull). The result is a fresh, funny, and emotional remix of Carroll's classic coming-of-age tale.
" I want to create theater that makes the spectators use their hearts, brains, and nerves. I want to see how the actors react to their characters and I want the audience members to witness everything the actors are feeling. I'm always trying to break down the barriers between the audience and the playing space. - János Szász
"It is a rare to treat to see every single piece of a theatrical puzzle fit so perfectly together. And it is rarer indeed when brilliant is truly the only way to describe a production." - Boston Metro on Szász's production of The Seagull.
Loeb Stage, September 2010