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The A.R.T., ICA and the Huntington present ‘Emerging America’ May 14-26, 2010

The American Repertory Theater, Huntington Theatre Company, and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston have joined forces for the first time to create Emerging America — an annual festival devoted to supporting and launching new voices in American theatre.

From May 14 through 16, Emerging America brings some of the country’s most promising performers, writers, companies and directors to Boston for a weekend filled with energy, imagination, creativity and drama.

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Emerging America spans Boston and Cambridge with events happening at all three artistic homes throughout the weekend: the A.R.T. @ OBERON, at 2 Arrow St. Cambridge MA, the Huntington’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 527 Tremont Street, Boston, and the ICA at 100 Northern Avenue, Boston.



A Moving Festival!

A collaboration with the Harvard Square Business Association’s Annual Mayfair. The institutions and artists of the Emerging America Festival create a moving party leading from OBERON to the center of Harvard Square’s Mayfair celebration. Join Boston and Cambridge’s hottest artists for revelry and fun as they parade across the Mayfair mainstage at 1pm and perform in sideshows and dance parties all day long.

Podcast and Walking Tours – launching May 2nd and ongoing throughout the Festival weekend. Find them at

Roam Cambridge and Boston as you discover secret locations and favorite haunts of local and national voices. Hear from artists, leaders, figureheads of Cambridge and Boston, listen to short plays by Huntington Playwriting Fellows inspired by specific locations, and more. Download original podcasts and walking tours created for this festival that celebrate the neighborhoods and artists of each organizations community, past and present.


The Festival Tent – open May 14th through 16th
Throughout the weekend come together at the Festival Tent, just outside OBERON at the A.R.T. where festival-goers can grab a drink and meet the artists and audiences from all over Cambridge, Boston and the nation. Feel the festival spirit all weekend.


The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston (ICA)
7:30 pm

Mike Disfarmer was an Arkansas photographer who left behind a body of work now considered one of the most significant in the history of portraiture. This haunting and original work of puppet theater explores the world of this eccentric and reclusive artist. Award-winning director Dan Hurlin takes puppetry to exquisite heights with the unique “tabletop” style: the handlers operate in full view of the audience, not just manipulating but interacting with the puppet hero. A script by Sally Oswald, a country-meets-avant-garde score by Dan Moses Schreier, and Disfarmer’s own photographs complete Hurlin’s portrait of this American original.
Tickets: $20 members, students, and seniors; $25 non-members
Additional performance on Saturday, May 15.

Experiment America
9:30 pm
Kick-off party for Emerging America
For the past three years, the ICA has offered late-night events in which art, new media, creativity, and partying come together. These “Experiments” have featured Shepard Fairey and Chuck D, a remixed presidential debate and a giant game of Twister. Each Experiment explored a different possibility for ways to experience art. And while each was different, they had one thing in common—passive participation was not an option. On the opening night of the festival, music, performance, dancing, and the fractured poetry of the American experience surround you throughout the ICA in a collaboration with the A.R.T. and the Huntington to create this once in a lifetime party.
Tickets: $20 members, students, and seniors; $25 non-members


The Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

1:00pm & 4:00pm
A Double Bill:

Love Song in Two Voices
Written and Performed by Amy Herzog | Directed by Portia Krieger
In the wake of a whitewater rafting accident, a mother and daughter redefine their relationship in Amy Herzog’s poignant solo piece.

Seven Minutes in Heaven
Written by Steven Levenson | Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Relive all the party games you loved/loathed from middle school in this manic, hyper-charged, genre-blurring comedy.

Tickets: $20/$15
A limited number of press seats will be available at each performance.

Club Theater Performances from the A.R.T. at OBERON

4:00 pm
Mrs. Smith Presents… a Benefit for the Carlyle Foundation Empowerment School for People and Cats with Severe and Persistent Challenges
Created by David Hanbury and Michael Goldfried | Directed by Michael Goldfried
Starring David Hanbury and featuring Ryan Landry
A laugh-out-loud theater happening that teeters on the edge of comedy and pathos, in the spirit of Hedwig and Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theater.
Tickets: $20/$15

6:00 pm
Live from the Edge
Created by Universes
Universes is an ensemble company of multi-disciplined writers and performers who fuse poetry, theater, jazz, hip-hop, politics, down home blues and Spanish boleros to create moving, challenging, and entertaining theatrical works. Live From the Edge showcases the best of the ensemble’s special brand of fusion theater.
Tickets: $20/$15
Additional performance on Sunday, May 16 at 8pm

8:00 pm
Particularly in the Heartland
Created by The TEAM
The TEAM is the Theatre of the Emerging American Moment, a New York City-based theater company dedicated to dissecting and celebrating the experience of living in America today. In this play about losing sight of America and trying to fall back in love with it, visit a Kansas where parents vanish, aliens grow in cornfields, New Yorkers fall from the sky, and dead Kennedys stop by for Christmas dinner.
Additional performance on Sunday, May 16 at 4pm
Tickets: $20/$15
A limited number of press seats will be available at each performance.

Post-Living Ante-Action Theater (Club Remix)
Created by My Barbarian
My Barbarian is Los Angeles-based performance collective whose interdisciplinary projects explore and exhume cross-cultural mishaps and misadventures drawn from history, mythology, art, and popular culture. Improvisation and scripted material collide as the audience is invited into exercises, dances, parlor tricks, and sing-a-longs.
Tickets: $20/$15
A limited number of press seats will be available at each performance.

12:00am – MIDNIGHT
Late Night The Donkey Show and celebration
In a celebration of the Emerging America Festival and A.R.T’s focus on club theater for this inaugural year, join us for a special midnight showing of the disco sensation that takes Cambridge and Boston by storm every weekend at OBERON. Come party on the dance floor to all the 70s disco hits you know by heart as the show unfolds around you.
Tickets from $25

12:00pm – 2:30pm
The Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

Join the Conversation! Brunch.
Featuring live music and brunch selections from Panera Bread.
Tickets: $5

Club Theater Performances from the A.R.T. at OBERON

Vicious Dogs on Premises
Created by Witness Relocation
Witness Relocation combines dance and theater with the energy of a rock show, exploding contemporary culture into intensely physical, outrageous, poetic, and sometimes brutal performances in order to question the assumptions of the modern day experience.
Tickets: $20/$15
A limited number of press seats will be available at each performance.

10:00 pm
Festival celebration party featuring Decode
Created by Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theatre
Celebrate the end of the festival weekend with a raucous party featuring a dance performance where silent dialogues and physical commands are exchanged between dancers throughout the venue.
Tickets: $20/$15
A limited number of press seats will be available at each performance.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at

Diane Paulus, Artistic Director of the A.R.T., commented: “Theater is more than simply a play on the stage: it’s a ritual, a social occasion for people to come together and experience community. My hope for Emerging America is that the audience will be able to give feedback to the artists through conversations provoked by the social gatherings that will be at the heart of the festival.“

Emerging America is an opportunity to experience today’s art — on the waterfront, on the stage and in the streets,” says Jill Medvedow, Director of the ICA. “It fits right in with the ICA’s commitment to sharing the pleasures, provocation and inspiration of contemporary art with audiences in Boston and beyond.”

Peter DuBois, Artistic Director of the Huntington Theatre Company, concurred: “You can hear the exciting sounds of new American voices in the works of the Emerging America Festival.” Your source for news and information about Boston Theatre. Join our email list, follow us on Twitter @exploretheatre and become a fan on Facebook.

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