Regional Theater of the Week: American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, MA
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This Week's Featured Regional Theater: American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA
Winner of three Tony Awards including for Best Musical Revival for its productions of Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (2012), the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by RoBert Woodruff. In 2008, Diane Paulus became the A.R.T.'s Artistic Director. The A.R.T. is the recipient of numerous other awards including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater, the Pulitzer Prize, and many Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. Awards. Its recent premiere production of Death and The Powers: The Robots' Opera was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
During its 32-year history, the A.R.T. has welcomed many major American and international theater artists, presenting a diverse repertoire that includes premieres of American plays, bold reinterpretations of classical texts, and provocative new music Theater Productions. The A.R.T. has performed throughout the U.S. and worldwide in 21 cities in 16 countries on four continents. The A.R.T. is also a training ground for young artists. The Theater's artistic staff teaches undergraduate classes in acting, directing, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, voice, and design at Harvard University. In 1987, the A.R.T. founded the Institute for AdvancedTheater Training at Harvard University. A two-year, five-semester M.F.A. graduate program that operates in conjunction with the Moscow Art Theater School, the Institute provides world-class professional training in acting, dramaturgy, and voice.
Since becoming Artistic Director, Diane Paulus has enhanced the A.R.T.'s core mission to expand the boundaries of theater by continuing to transform the ways in which work is developed, programmed, produced, and contextualized, always including the audience as a partner. Productions such as Sleep No More, The Donkey Show, Gatz, The Blue Flower, Prometheus Bound, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Wild Swans, and Pippin have engaged audiences in unique theatrical experiences. The A.R.T.'s club theater, OBERON, which Paulus calls a Second Stage for the 21st century, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists, and has also attracted national attention for its innovative programming model.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University, presents its 2013/14 Season, which includes the previously announced Robert Schenkkan's play All the Way and the world premiere of the musical Witness Uganda.
The season lineup is as follows:
• All the Way - by Robert Schenkkan, (author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Kentucky Cycle), directed by Bill Rauch (Artistic Director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival); begins performances in September 2013 at the Loeb Drama Center
• The Heart of Robin Hood - by David Farr (Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company), directed by Gisli Örn Gardarsson (co-adapter, director, and lead actor of Metamorphosis, Vestuport and Lyric Hammersmith Theatres); begins performances in December 2013 at the Loeb Drama Center
• The Tempest - adapted and directed by Aaron Posner and Teller (of Penn & Teller) from Shakespeare's play; magic by Teller; music by Tom Waits; begins performances in May 2014 at the Loeb Drama Center
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