OBERON Announces April/May 2018 Programming

OBERON Announces April/May 2018 Programming

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 April and May 2018-including OBERON Presents, Glowberon, and usual suspects, and more.


A.R.T. of Human Rights

Wednesday, April 4 at 8PM

Wednesday, May 16 at 8PM

Tickets $5 - 25

The 2016 election inspired a broad-based resistance not seen in the United States in decades. People from all walks of life have been protesting, marching, mobilizing, and organizing in an effort to take back our country and create a more compassionate and just world. Artists are vital to this work. American Repertory Theater and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy-in collaboration with Pangyrus and other literary and arts initiatives-host this series of intimate performances on the theme of "resistance." Each evening features a diverse group of artist-activists telling powerful stories and performing politically engaged works that read, move, sing, and speak truth to power in these troubled times.

Resistance Mic! is part of the A.R.T. of Human Rights series, an ongoing collaboration between the American Repertory Theater and Harvard Kennedy School's Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. It is co-hosted by Professor Timothy Patrick McCarthy.

April 4 Resisters: Bethany M. Allen, Sara Boren, Stephanie Burt, Gret Harris, Kevin Holden, Timothy Patrick McCarthy, and Jill McDonough




Thursday, April 5 at 8PM

Tickets from $25

Calling on a powerful and versatile voice, Joseph Keckler presents a collection of colorful episodes from his own life-a trip on hallucinogens, and an expedition to the bondage store, for instance-in operatic form, as though they were epic dramas of life and death. He veers into vivid fantasies as well, leading the audience through terrain both humorous and haunting.

Keckler is a singer, musician, writer, and visual artist. His work has been seen at many venues including SXSW, Centre Pompidou, BAM, SXSW, Miami Art Basel, and PEN American Center and has been featured on BBC America and WNYC Soundcheck. He has been awarded a Creative Capital, NYFA Fellowship, and Franklin Furnace grant, and in 2013 was named the Best Downtown Performance Artist by Village Voice. Joseph made his Off-Broadway debut in Preludes at Lincoln Center. A collection of his writing, Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World, was published by Turtle Point Press fall of 2017.



Usual suspect

Friday, April 6 at 10PM

Tickets from $15

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. After-party until 2AM with DJ Danny Satori!

Arrive at 8:45PM to find your zen before you get your groove on! Ignite all your senses at Detox/Retox: the AcousticaElectronica Yoga Mash Up! Flow out your weekday worries, and then rocket-launch your weekend with this one-of-a-kind show. A $35 ticket gets you admission to the Dance Floor at 10PM. Sponsored by Opus Affair.


Presented by HRDC

Wednesday, April 11 & Thursday, April 12 at 7:30PM;
Friday, April 13 at 3PM and 8 PM

Tickets $15 - 35

In 1998, Matthew Shepard was fatally injured and left for dead because he was gay. Following his death, the Tectonic Theater Project would travel to Laramie, Wyoming to understand the town that came to be defined by two men's crime. The Laramie Project retells the words of Laramie's residents verbatim, and in their retelling, begins to uncover the prejudices, both loud and quiet, that boil over into violent hate crime.

Join HRDC's ensemble of actors as they embody these stories, bringing the Laramie of 1998 to the immersive club-theater OBERON. Join them as they ask: what does Laramie have left to tell us?



Usual Suspect

Saturday, April 14 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 AV Club, and Entertainment Weekly, Mortified is a comic excavation of teen angst artifacts (journals, poems, letters, lyrics, home movies, schoolwork) as shared by their original authors-In front of total strangers. Let's get emotionally and literally naked together!


Usual Suspect

Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 8 PM

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 grade, science affects and changes us. We all have a story about science, and at The Story Collider, we want to hear those stories.



Usual Suspect

Tuesday, April 17 at 8PM (tickets available April 10 at 3PM)

Tuesday, May 22 at 8PM (tickets available May 15 at 3PM)

Tickets $10

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!

April theme: Mail. Prepare a five-minute story involving a mailbox. Love letters, junk mail, hate mail, fan mail. Writing that Dear John letter, or receiving a court order, ransom note, or news from the admissions office. Brown paper packages, test results, breaking the seal on the letter that changed your life! Regale us with tales of emails, telegrams, chain mail and other special deliveries.

May theme: Hair. Prepare a five-minute story about curls, bangs, and mop tops. Relaxing it, pulling it out, or trading out the pigtails for a mohawk. Proving you're more than just "that kid with the blue hair." Loving what you were born with or reinventing yourself. Beauty standards and difficult tangles. Regale us with tales of roots, furs, and locks.

Thursday, April 19 and Friday, April 20 at 8PM
Tickets $12 - 20

The Femme Show celebrates queer femininity and the rich history of fem(me) identity by proclaiming that "More is More." Showcasing the over-the-top, the absurd, and the flamboyant, The Femme Show believes there is no such thing as "too much." The 2018 edition includes step dancing, politics, etiquette advice, fan dancing, drag, storytelling, spoken word, burlesque, and more!

Featuring Amy Raina, Amber Aliyah Williams, Essence Revealed, GeeGee Louise, Jo Troll, Maggie Cee, Pampi, Poison Ivory, and Rachel Kahn, plus Emcee Alicia Greene.

Friday's performance will be ASL interpreted. Following Friday's show keep the party going with dancing with DJ Lady Spindrift and super friendly mixing and mingling with MadFemmePride. The after party is free for ticket holders-if you come to the show on Thursday but want to hit up the party, just bring your ticket stub. Admission to the party without the show is $5.


OBERON Presents
April 26 - May 13, 2018
Tickets from $25

Company One Theatre, in cooperation with A.R.T. and OBERON, presents the catwalk showdown of the year from the Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight. When the House of Light is challenged to a surprise ball by the rival House of Di'abolique, they've got to leave it all on the floor to defend their family's Legendary status. Fueled by a sizzling R&B playlist, Wig Out! is a divine exploration of drag ball culture, chosen family, and the desire to be desired.


Glowberon Presents

Thursday, May 17 at 8PM
Tickets $25

The F Word is FEMINISM! Let's hear it from the painted mouth of Fauxnique, the lady drag queen and dancing, singing raconteuse. A frank fabulist whose Fosse-lized focus and forceful frame forge fanciful factual fictions, Fauxnique's fashionably fierce form of feminism is filled with f***ing fantastic feats of hi-femme frippery. See why she broke through the glass ceiling of the male-dominated world of drag to become a queen among queens. A look at Feminism through the lens of Drag Cabaret and vice/versa.

Fauxnique is the drag queen alter-ego of artist/choreographer/dancer Monique Jenkinson. Lauded for her 'campy, intellectual juxtaposition of pop culture and high art' Fauxnique plays with artifice and authenticity and lives to question essentialist assumptions about gender, art, and culture. Informed both by Jenkinson's classical ballet training and a tradition of radical queer performance and theory, Fauxnique sees the performance of femininity as a forceful, vulnerable, and subversive act.



Friday, May 18 at 8PM and Saturday, May 19 at 7PM

Tickets $15 - $45

We don't need no education.... All we need is live, iconic British rock, jaw dropping aerial performances, and a bevy of burlesque beauties! At the divine and fabulous OBERON, we can't wait to entertain and delight you with this incredible multimedia tribute to Pink Floyd! Intoxicating chanteuse and fearless comic maven, Niki Luparelli returns to pay homage to classic rock hits as only she can, as unapologetic tidal wave of platinum blonde talent! Known for her sold out tributes to Bowie, Madonna, Prince, Led Zeppelin, and Blondie, Niki accompanied by the Even Pinker Floyd band, she's using her classically trained and artfully abused sultry voice to honor the songs from Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall.


Sunday, May 20 and Friday, May 25 at 8PM
Tickets $15 - 25

The Batty Burlesque of Gotham's most wanted is BACK by popular demand for TWO NIGHTS ONLY! Gothamites and Bostonians alike can't get enough of this criminally sexy show! Award winning spooky burlesque and wyrd art troupe The Slaughterhouse Society are happy to prescribe you a double dose of...A DARK KNIGHT IN THE ASYLUM!

Boston's ravenous, well-feared and revered, horror queer performance art crew is downright BATTY over the infamous Batman rogue gallery. How about you, are you brave enough to be locked in with the inmates of Arkham? Custom Gotham Siren cocktails will be available at the bar! COSTUMES ARE ENCOURAGED.


Saturday, May 26 at 7PM

Tickets $20

Alison Young (I.D. Festival) returns to OBERON to perform her original country-influenced songs about love, hate, and being trans in Trump's America. It ain't easy being a woman, let alone a transwoman. But the power of music to heal, unite, and inspire remains true regardless of the music or the circumstances. Come celebrate being who you are with the unique and remarkable Alison Young, and dance or drink the night away whether you're a cowboy, a cowgirl, or somewhere in-between. Just remember to leave yer horses outside and yer six-shooter at the door.



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 ninth 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 a wide variety of local performers including aerialists, beat poets, musicians, tap dancers, gender-bending sketch troupes, comedians, burlesque performers, and aerialists.

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