American Repertory Theater
|American Repertory Theater|
Loeb Drama Center
|Address||Loeb Drama Center
64 Brattle Street
2 Arrow Street
|Capacity||Loeb Drama Center: 556|
|Years active||1980 to present|
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is a professional not-for-profit theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, the A.R.T. is known for its commitment to new American plays and music–theater explorations; to neglected works of the past; and to established classical texts reinterpreted in refreshing new ways. Over the past thirty years it has garnered many of the nation's most distinguished awards, including a Pulitzer Prize (1982), a Tony Award (1986), and a Jujamcyn Award (1985). In December 2002, the A.R.T. was the recipient of the National Theatre Conference's Outstanding Achievement Award, and in May 2003 it was named one of the top three theaters in the country by Time Magazine. The A.R.T. is housed in the Loeb Drama Center at Harvard University.
In 2002 Robert Woodruff replaced founder Robert Brustein as the A.R.T.'s Artistic Director. After Woodruff's departure in 2007, Associate Artistic Director Gideon Lester took the reins for 2008-09 season, and in May 2008 Diane Paulus was named the new Artistic Director. Paulus, a Harvard alum, is widely known as a director of theater and opera. Her work includes The Donkey Show, which ran off-Broadway for six years; productions at the Chicago Opera Theatre; and the Public Theater's 2008 production of Hair, which won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
2012-2013 Season 
- Marie Antoinette, by David Adjmi. Directed by Rebecca Taichman.
- The Lily's Revenge, written and conceived by Taylor Mac. Directed by Shira Milikowsky.
- Pippin, directed by Diane Paulus. Book by Roger O. Hirson. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
- The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams. Directed by John Tiffany and featuring Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Zachary Quinto.
- Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, by Jason Craig. Directed by Rod Hipskind and Mallory Catlett.
- Pirates of Penzance, by Gilbert and Sullivan. Directed by Sean Graney and featuring The Hypocrites.
2011-2012 Season 
- The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, directed by Diane Paulus and featuring Audra McDonald, Norm Lewis, and David Alan Grier.
- Three Pianos, by Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy. Directed by Rachel Chavkin.
- The Snow Queen. Adapted by Tyler Monroe. Directed by Allegra Libonati. Puppets by Michael Kane.
- As You Like It, by William Shakespeare. Directed by David Hammond, featuring members of the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training
- Wild Swans, by Jung Chang & adapted by Alexandra Wood. Directed by Sacha Wares.
- Futurity: A Musical by The Lisps. Music and Lyrics by César Alvarez with The Lisps. Book by Molly Rice and César Alvarez. Directed by Sarah Benson.
- Woody Sez. Devised by David M. Lutken with Nick Corley. Words and Music by Woody Guthrie.
2010-2011 Season 
Of the ART's 31st season, Artistic Director Diane Paulus said, "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."
- Cabaret, directed by Steven Bogart and featuring Amanda Palmer as the Emcee. Opened August 31, 2010 at Club Oberon.
- Alice vs. Wonderland, remixed by Brendan Shea, directed by János Szász
- The Blue Flower, by Jim and Ruth Bauer, directed by Will Pomerantz
- R. Buckminster Fuller: THE HISTORY(and Mystery) OF THE UNIVERSE, written and directed by D.W. Jacobs
- Ajax, directed by Sarah Benson
- Prometheus Bound, directed by Diane Paulus and starring Gavin Creel and Lea Delaria. A.R.T. and collaborator Serj Tankian of System of a Down dedicated the production to eight Amnesty International cases: David Kato, Norma Cruz, Jafar Panahi, Dhondup Wangchen, Tran Quoc Hien, Doan Van Dien, Doan Huy Chuong, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Reggie Clemons, and survivors of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They stated in program notes that "by singing the story of Prometheus, the God who defied the tyrant Zeus by giving the human race both fire and art, this production hopes to give a voice to those currently being silenced or endangered by modern-day oppressors".
- Death and the Powers: The Robots' Opera
2009–2010 Season 
The A.R.T.'s 30th season, its first under the helm of Artistic Director Diane Paulus, eschews the traditional model and instead offers a series of "festivals" which will encourage audiences to experience productions as parts of larger cultural events.
FESTIVAL No. 01: Shakespeare Exploded 
- The Donkey Show directed by Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner. Opened August 21, 2009 at the Zero Arrow Theater, renamed Club Oberon.
- Sleep No More by Punchdrunk directed by Felix Barrett, Maxine Doyle, and The Company. Opened October 8, 2009 in the Old Lincoln School, Brookline, Massachusetts..
- The Best of Both Worlds by Randy Weiner and Diedre Murray. Co-written and directed by Diane Paulus. Opened November 21, 2009 at the Loeb Drama Center.
FESTIVAL No. 02: America: Boom, Bust, and Baseball 
- Gatz by Elevator Repair Service. Directed by John Collins. Opens January 8, 2010 at the Loeb Drama Center.
- Paradise Lost by Clifford Odets, directed by Daniel Fish. Opens February 27, 2010 at the Loeb Drama Center.
- Johnny Baseball by Richard Dresser, Robert Reale, and Willie Reale. Directed by Diane Paulus. Opens May 14, 2010 at the Loeb Drama Center.
2008–2009 Season 
- Let Me Down Easy featuring Anna Deavere Smith directed by Eric Ting September 12 - October 11, 2009 at the Loeb Drama Center.
- Communist Dracula Pageant by Anne Washburn directed by Anne Kauffman. October 18 - November 9 at the Zero Arrow Theater.
- Aurélia's Oratorio written and directed by Victoria Thierrée Chaplin starring Aurélia Thierrée. November 28 – January 3 at the Loeb Drama Center.
- The Seagull directed by János Szász. January 10 – February 1 at the Loeb Drama Center.
- Endgame by Samuel Beckett. Directed by Marcus Stern. February 14 – March 15 at the Loeb Drama Center.
- Trojan Barbie by Christine Evans, directed by Carmel O'Reilly. March 28 – April 22 at the Zero Arrow Theater.
- Romance by David Mamet. Directed by Scott Zigler. May 9–31 at the Loeb Drama Center.
2007–2008 Season 
- Don Juan Giovanni and Figaro directed by Dominique Serrand in association with Theatre de la Jeune Lune. In repertory August 31 - October 6, 2007 at the Loeb Drama Center.
- Donnie Darko adapted and directed by Marcus Stern, based on the film by Richard Kelly. October 27 - November 18 at the Zero Arrow Theater.
- No Child... written and performed by Nilaja Sun. November 23 - December 23 at the Loeb Drama Center.
- Copenhagen written by Michael Frayn and directed by Scott Zigler. January 5 - February 3 at the Loeb Drama Center.
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Directed by Arthur Nauzyciel. February 9 - March 22 at the Loeb Drama Center.
- Elections & Erections: A Chronicle of Fear & Fun by Pieter-Dirk Uys. April 2 - May 4 at the Zero Arrow Theater.
- Cardenio by Charles Mee and Stephen Greenblatt. Directed by Les Waters. May 10 - June 1 at the Loeb Drama Center.
Playwrights and directors 
The A.R.T. prides itself on presenting both American and World premiere productions. Over the years, these have included works by Robert Auletta, Robert Brustein, Anton Chekhov, Don DeLillo, Keith Dewhurst, Christopher Durang, Elizabeth Egloff, Peter Feibleman, Jules Feiffer, Dario Fo, Carlos Fuentes, Larry Gelbart, Leslie Glass, Philip Glass, Stuart Greenman, William Hauptman, Allan Havis, Milan Kundera, Mark Leib, Gideon Lester, David Lodge, Carol K. Mack, David Mamet, Charles L. Mee, Roger Miller, John Moran, Robert Moran, Heiner Müller, Marsha Norman, Han Ong, Amanda Palmer, David Rabe, Franca Rame, Adam Rapp, Keith Reddin, Ronald Ribman, Paula Vogel, Derek Walcott, Naomi Wallace, and Robert Wilson.
The A.R.T. has also engaged a collection of world famous stage directors throughout the years, including JoAnne Akalaitis, Andrei Belgrader, Anne Bogart, Steven Bogart, Lee Breuer, Robert Brustein, Liviu Ciulei, Ron Daniels, Liz Diamond, Joe Dowling, Michael Engler, Alvin Epstein, Dario Fo, Richard Foreman, David Gordon, Adrian Hall, Richard Jones, Michael Kahn, Jerome Kilty, Krystian Lupa, John Madden, David Mamet, Des McAnuff, Jonathan Miller, Tom Moore, David Rabe, François Rochaix, Robert Scanlan, János Szász, Peter Sellars, Andrei Şerban, Sxip Shirey, Susan Sontag, Marcus Stern, Slobodan Unkovski, Les Waters, David Wheeler, Frederick Wiseman, Robert Wilson, Robert Woodruff, Steven Mitchell Wright, Yuri Yeremin, Francesca Zambello, and Scott Zigler.
Educational institution 
In 1987, the A.R.T. founded the Institute for Advanced Theater Training, a five semester professional training M.F.A. program which includes a three-month period working and training at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. This program provides training for graduate-level actors, dramaturgs, and voice students. For a time, the Institute included a director-training program, which was discontinued in 2004; the dramaturgy program was simultaneously tripled in enrollment. This joint program has historically conferred an M.F.A. from the Moscow Art Theatre School and a certificate of completion from Harvard. The program is administered and housed by the A.R.T., and training is provided by full-time, part-time, and visiting teachers and artists at the A.R.T. These include Russian teachers affiliated with the Moscow Art Theatre School, who teach in residence in Cambridge as well as in Moscow when the students study there. The Institute is remarkable among conservatory programs for the degree to which it offers the opportunity for exposure to and collaboration with internationally renowned artists of the "avant-garde," particularly those from eastern Europe and Russia.
Performance venues 
OBERON (sometimes referred to as Club Oberon) is a new club theater venue that opened in August 2009. The venue inhabits the space that was once the Zero Arrow Street Theater. The venue was originally created as set for the A.R.T.'s production of The Donkey Show and it was soon decided to convert the theater into a full functioning club theater venue fitting the revolutionary club theater model and philosophy developed by The Donkey Show's creator Randy Weiner.
Loeb Drama Center and other venues 
Before the OBERON and the now defunct Zero Arrow Theater, the A.R.T. used the old Hasty Pudding theater in addition to the Loeb Mainstage, and the Institute for Advanced Theater Training used the sub-basement of The First Parish in Cambridge, Zero Church Street, a flexible almost black box venue, which they still occasionally use.
- Mitgang, Herbert."Jujamcyn Award To American Repertory Theater" New York Times (abstract), November 26, 1985. p. C19
- Porgy and Bess "Listing, 'Porgy and Bess', 2011" americanrepertorytheater.org, accessed June 30, 2011
- "Season 2010-11" americanrepertorytheater.org, May 7, 2010
- "About the Prometheus Project". American Repertory Theater. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
- American Repertory Theater official website
- Institute for Advanced Theater Training website
- OBERON website
- Diane Paulus official website
- American Repertory Theater at the Internet Broadway Database
- Guide to American Repertory Theatre prompt books and related materials at Houghton Library, Harvard University