American Repertory Theater Announces 2019/20 Subscription Season

Wednesday April 24, 2019

American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), under the leadership of Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus and Executive Producer Diane Borger, is pleased to announce its 2019/20 Season programming, including subscription offerings, A.R.T. Breakout, Afterglow @ OBERON, Live @ OBERON, the Run AMOC! Festival, "The Donkey Show," and A.R.T. in the World.

"Stories of tyranny and liberation take center stage in our 2019/20 Season," says Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus. "From the wives of Henry VIII to Captain Ahab, from the signers of the Declaration of Independence to Gloria Steinem, these pivotal figures from history and literature speak directly to the struggles we are facing in America today.


August 21 - September 27, 2019 | Loeb Drama Center

Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss
Choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille
Orchestrations by Tim Curran
Music Direction by Katy Richardson
Directed by Lucy Moss and Jaime Armitage

Presented by arrangement with Kenny Wax, Global Musicals, George Stiles & Kevin McCollum

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. All this time, the six wives of Henry VIII have been reduced to a single rhyme — so they picked up a pen and a microphone. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the wives take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power.

"75 minutes of exhilarating entertainment from six killer queens. They will, they will rock you!" — Daily Express

Black Light

September 19 - 29, 2019 | OBERON

Created by Daniel Alexander Jones
Original Songs by Jomama Jones, Laura Jean Anderson, Bobby Halvorson, Dylan Meek, and Josh Quat

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." With all original music, drawing 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.

"Jomama invites us to see her, to witness her, and to go from Black Light back out into daylight with our senses somehow both sharpened and softened: more able to hear others, more able to see ourselves." — Vulture


World Premiere Musical
December 3, 2019 - January 12, 2020 | Loeb Drama Center

Music, Lyrics, Book, and Orchestrations by Dave Malloy
Based on Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Developed with and Directed by Rachel Chavkin

"We are all in the belly of the whale..."

From the creative team behind A.R.T.'s 2015 production of "Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812" comes a new musical adaptation of "Moby-Dick." As Ishmael, Captain Ahab, and his crew pursue the elusive great white whale aboard the Pequod, Herman Melville's nineteenth-century vision of America collides head-on with the present.

"Dave Malloy breaks many of the rules that have accrued around American musical theater, and Ms. Chavkin has been making enormously inventive, and often wildly experimental, work for years." — The New York Times

Gloria: A Life

January 24 - February 22, 2020 | Loeb Drama Center

Written by Emily Mann
Directed by Diane Paulus

In association with the McCarter Theatre Center and by special arrangement with Daryl Roth

History. Her story. Our story. This new play about Gloria Steinem and the women she has partnered with in a decades-long fight for equality is brought to life by a dynamic ensemble of performers. Fifty years after Gloria began raising her voice and championing those of others, her vision is as urgent as ever. Gloria's belief in talking circles as a catalyst for change offers us all a path forward. The first act is Gloria's story; the second is our own.

"A powerful stage experience that's one part theater, one part consciousness-raising." — Vogue

Ocean Filibuster

World Premiere
March 7 - 27, 2020 | Loeb Drama Center

Created by PearlDamour
Written by Lisa D'Amour
Music by Sxip Shirey
Directed by Katie Pearl

Commissioned and developed through a partnership with the Harvard University Center for the Environment

Inside the Senate chamber of a global governing body, Mr. Majority introduces the "End of Ocean Bill," designed to shrink Earth's oceans into a more manageable (and marketable) collection of inland seas and lagoons. When the floor is opened for debate, the Ocean arrives to speak in its own defense, and so begins the Human-Ocean showdown. A world-premiere music theater experience created by the Obie Award-winning company PearlDamour, Ocean Filibuster draws from myth, stand-up, and science to explore the vast depths crucial to our daily survival.

PearlDamour and its works have been honored with the 2011 Lee Reynolds Award, 2007 and 2005 "Best Site-Specific Performance" citations from Gothamist, and the 2003 Obie Award.

Macbeth in Stride

April 23 - May 10, 2020 | OBERON

Created and performed by Whitney White

"Macbeth In Stride" is an electrified look at the descent of Lady Macbeth and her husband through the iconic music of Ike and Tina Turner, The Doors, and more. Featuring Shakespeare's text, the show takes an intimate look at a relationship in turmoil and the effects of vaulting ambition. This concert play is a battle cry for black female power and desire that excavates the underbelly of female ambition. How do we punish and celebrate women who push too hard, who want too much, who sing too loud?


May 22 - June 28, 2020 | Loeb Drama Center

Book by Peter Stone
Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards
Directed by Diane Paulus

They knew they would make history, but not what history would make of them. Fed up with living under the tyranny of British rule, John Adams attempts to persuade his fellow members of the Continental Congress to vote in favor of American Independence and sign the Declaration. But how much is he willing to compromise in the pursuit of freedom? And who does that freedom belong to? Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus directs a new production of this Tony Award-winning musical, reexamining this pivotal moment in American history.

A.R.T. Breakout

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 in the future.

"Greater Good"
World Premiere
July 17 - August 17, 2019 | Commonwealth School (151 Commonwealth Ave., Boston)

By Kirsten Greenidge
Directed by Steven Bogart
Produced by Company One Theatre in collaboration with A.R.T. and with support from the Mellon Foundation's National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound

A site-specific theatrical experience, "Greater Good" moves us through the halls of Gleason Street, a progressive school that's struggling to live up to its mission. The latest Boston-based story from Company One Theatre's Obie Award-winning resident playwright Kirsten Greenidge, this immersive new play interrogates our city's history as a hub of education and asks what we're willing to compromise for the greater good.

"Greenidge is never one to shy away from topics that fuel fiery debates [and] seems to have an uncanny sense of the world around her." — The Boston Globe

"What To Send Up When It Goes Down"
November 20 - 24, 2019 | Loeb Drama Center

Written by Aleshea Harris
Directed by Whitney White

"What to Send Up When It Goes Down" is a community ritual created in response to the deaths of Black people as a result of racialized violence. As lines between characters and actors, observers and observed blur, a dizzying series of vignettes build to a climactic moment where performance and reality collide. Meant to disrupt the pervasiveness of anti-blackness and acknowledge the resilience of Black people throughout history, this theatrical work uses parody, song, movement, and audience participation to create a space for catharsis, reflection, cleansing, and healing.

"If you're a lover of theater, looking for signs of fresh and original and in-the-moment life on the American stage, you need to see What to Send Up." — The New York Times

Afterglow @ OBERON

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

• Martha Graham Cracker | October 3 and 4, 2019
• Witch Camp, Featuring Nath Ann Carrera And Amber Martin | November 7, 2019
• Kareem Lucas | February 20, 2020
• TBA | March 19, 2020*
• Migguel Anggelo | April 16, 2020
• TBA | May 14, 2020*


Live @ OBERON includes an eclectic array of musical artists for exceptional original performances. Past performers include STL GLD, Samora Pinderhughes, The Sweetback Sisters, and Billy Dean Thomas. 2019/20 performers and dates will be announced later this year.

Tickets to Live @ OBERON performances will available as add-ons to subscription packages — single tickets will go on sale to the general public later this year.

Run AMOC! Festival

A.R.T. will present the American Modern Opera Company's third annual Run AMOC! Festival in December 2019. Led by Artistic Directors Matthew Aucoin ("Crossing," 2018 MacArthur Fellow) and Zack Winokur ("The Black Clown"), the company serves as the artistic home for seventeen of the most exciting singers, dancers, and instrumentalists of the rising generation. Festival programming will be announced at a later date.

"A troupe of young and preternaturally talented musicians." — The New York Times

A.R.T. In The World

As the A.R.T. pursues its mission to expand the boundaries of theater on its stages in Cambridge, the theater's work continues to reach audiences beyond Greater Boston — throughout the US and around the world. The 2019/20 Season begins with two productions that will perform at two of the most prestigious international theater festivals. Tickets are available through the respective presenting entities.

The Black Clown
July 24 - 27, 2019 | Lincoln Center's 2019 Mostly Mozart Festival

Cry to the world / That all might understand: / I was once a black clown / But now— / I'm a man!"

Direct from its autumn 2018 premiere at A.R.T., "The Black Clown" brings Langston Hughes's famed 1931 poem to life in a stunning new music-theater piece that fuses vaudeville, gospel, opera, jazz, and spirituals. Powerful and prescient, the experience of a black man's resilience against a legacy of oppression unfolds, featuring baritone Davóne Tines in the title role. He's joined by an ensemble of 12 and a chamber orchestra performing a vibrant score by Michael Schachter.

"An exquisite show. Song and sight that plunges into the soul. I'm still thinking about it. 'The Black Clown' is precisely why we have and need theater." — Jared Bowen, WGBH

Hear Word! Naija Woman Talk True
August 19 - 25, 2019 | Edinburgh International Festival's You Are Here series

"Hear Word!" gives an intimate view into the obstacles that Nigerian women face. Stories of domestic violence, of women's absence from positions of power, of resilience and resistance, of shattering the culture of silence, of overturning the status quo, of abuse, disrespect, bravery, sisterhood and joy. It's a life-affirming call for female solidarity and empowerment that will shock you with its frankness, amuse you with its comedy — and galvanize you into action.

"'Hear Word!' is agitprop theater of an exceptionally vital order ... These are sparks to be fanned into flame. By the end the brightness radiating from its all-female cast has the glare and heat of a raging bonfire." — The New York Times

The Donkey Show

"The Donkey Show," directed by Diane Paulus, will continue performances at OBERON every Saturday night through the summer, concluding its decade-long hit run on September 7, 2019. 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.

The first production Terrie and Bradley Bloom Artistic Director Diane Paulus staged at the A.R.T., "The Donkey Show" was a catalyst in establishing OBERON as a club-theater venue where artists could experiment with space, storytelling, and the relationships between performers and audiences. The A.R.T. is looking forward to OBERON's next chapter as it deepens relationships with local artists and companies, as well as performers who come to this unique space from across the country and around the world.

Details about the 10th anniversary celebration will be announced at a later date.

2019/20 Season subscriptions go on sale to select A.R.T. donors beginning Thursday, May 2, to renewing subscribers on Thursday, May 16, and to A.R.T. Members on Thursday, May 23. Subscriptions will go on sale to the general public on Friday, May 31. Packages start as low as $99. More information can be found at, by visiting the Ticket Services Office at the Loeb Drama Center (64 Brattle Street, Cambridge), or by calling 617.547.8300.
Single tickets for individual productions will go on sale to member-level donors and above on a date to be announced and to the general public throughout the year.

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