You Get A Spoon
Hosted by Chris Duffy (You're the Expert)
With special guests Obehi Janice, Rebecca Vigil + more TBA!
Doors: 3:30pm, show 4:00pm.
Recommended by The New York Times, LA Weekly, Seattle’s The Stranger and called one of the “100 Best Things in Comedy” by The Comedy Bureau, each show features a hand-picked lineup of talented guests. They each perform and then enthusiastically endorse things they love, which we give to the audience Oprah-style. Previous audience members have taken home candy bars, books, magazine subscriptions, kitchen appliances, nose flutes, and gaff tape. Every show, one lucky audience member receives a Tovolo mixing spoon (the greatest spoon in the universe).
Guaranteed to be the most positive way to spend a Saturday afternoon in NYC!
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. This fall, the American Repertory Theater and Carr Center for Human Rights Policy – in collaboration with Pangyrus and other literary and arts initiatives – are launching a new series of intimate performances on the theme of “Resistance.” Each of these five evenings will feature 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. Resistance Mic! will take place on Wednesdays @ 8pm @ OBERON, A.R.T.’s second stage theater, and will be co-hosted by Timothy Patrick McCarthy and Sarah Sweeney.
February 7, at the Oberon in Cambridge, Resistance Mic! returns with a lineup that includes memoirist Richard Hoffman, award-winning actress, writer and comedian Obehi Janice, musician Dom Jones, Pangyrus author Sebastian Johnson, Boston author Sonya Larson, Ethiopian writer Beekan Erena, the Kuumba singers, and co-hosts Tim McCarthy and Sarah Sweeney.
Inspired by Isabella's creative social circles—her “salon”—we hand the reins over to the Neighborhood Salon, a group of Boston-based creative luminaries who help inform our work at the Gardner Museum and carry on the legacy of Isabella's salons. In January, the luminaries take over Third Thursdays - with dance, spoken word, fashion, music, and hands-on art-making. Enjoy a fresh perspective on the galleries and the exhibition Henry James and American Painting.
PROGRAMMING FOR THE EVENING (5:30PM-9PM)
Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
— MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Carry on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; join in community-building activities and performances with local luminaries committed to social justice and service. Programming for the day:
- Bertucci Education Studio - Jeff W. Jones presents Untold Stories, a personal journey through four generations of African-American cultural history in Boston featuring music and imagery.
- Bertucci Education Studio - Craft a care package for families served by the Elizabeth Stone House. This organization partners with adult and child survivors of domestic violence and related trauma to achieve safety, stability, and overall well-being, thereby contributing to the strength, resiliency, and health of the community it serves.
- Calderwood Hall - Marsha Parrilla and Danza Orgánica present Melaza: a dance performance exploring the colonial relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States. Featuring special guests Martín Espada, and Karish. Community talk back to follow.
- The Living Room - African Tea, inspired by the Gardner Museum’s special exhibition Henry James and American Painting, Creator/Performer Obehi Janice shares stories of colonialism and identity through the lens of tea and Malta Goya.
- Courtyard - Enjoy a performance by the Gregory Groover Jr. Jazz Tri, and listen to Dr. King’s speeches projected throughout the day in our historic Palace.
On the longest night of the year, we partner with our friends at Transformative Culture Project for an evening of warmth and connection.
In this excerpt from her solo show FUFU & OREOS, award-winning actress and writer Obehi Janice riffs on family, memory and identity.
Monotony! is the only show inspired by the mundane and finding humor in the trivial. Writers, comedians, and storytellers will take their passion for dull, the ultraspecific and the tedious and turn it into captivating and hilarious presentations. Topics will range from the science behind urinal cakes, the history of the rubber duck, to a comparative analysis of sailing knots. So come take a break from the titillation of modern life, and soak in the Monotony!
Hosted by Raj Sivaraman, a Jeopardy! runner-up, writer, comedian, and Ph.D. scientist. He has performed in several festivals all over the country and presented his research at as many international scientific conferences. He also once asked out Kate Middleton on a date, and she no-showed. But he's married now, so guess it worked out for everyone.
Selena Coppock (Red Oaks)
Obehi Janice (TED)
Mike Lebovitz (Last Comic Standing)
Allison Leiby (President Show)
Joe Rumrill (Special without Brett Davis)
Matthew Schechter (Interior Foliage Design)
Dulcé Sloan (Daily Show)
Show 9:30. Tickets $8, $10 at the door. 21+
A Staged Reading
by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Eric Bentley, directed by Steven Maler
featuring Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams
Brecht’s series of 18 interconnected playlets describe what life was like in German households in the 1930s as the Nazis came to power. Written while Brecht was in exile in Denmark and first performed in Paris in 1938, these poignant stories dramatize the suspicion and anxiety experienced by ordinary people, particularly Jewish citizens, as the power of Hitler grew. The reading features renowned film and theater actors Tony Shalhoub and Brooke Adams.
Through games, sketches, and hilariously misguided guesses, three comedians try to figure out what our expert studies all day. Created and hosted by Chris Duffy. Produced by Pretty Good Friends. Featuring Eugene Mirman (Bob's Burgers), Ken Reid (TV Guidance Counselor) and Obehi Janice (Fufu & Oreos).
It’s all about power in David Mamet’s groundbreaking drama about political correctness and perception. When John, a professor, tries to help his student Carol, is it a misunderstanding or inherent misogyny that causes trouble? Featuring Johnny Lee Davenport (The Whipping Man, Thurgood) and Obehi Janice (The Gift Horse), Oleanna crackles with the fiery dialogue of Mamet at his finest.
Off the Grid, the bold young company that brought you the critically acclaimed and award winning production of Blasted last season, is brewing up something completely new. At the intersection of witchcraft and politics is The Weird, a world of magic that communes with the contentious time our nation is in. The Weird brings together the forces of playwrights Kirsten Greenidge, Obehi Janice, Lila Rose Kaplan, and John Kuntz; director Steven Bogart; and actors Kara Arena, Taylor Beidler, Amanda Collins*, Ida Esmaeili, Rebecca Lehrhoff, Khloe Alice Lin, Rosie McInnes, Eliott Purcell, Alexis Scheer, and Ciera-Sadé Wade to collaborate and devise this new play.