A.R.T. Season Includes Cabaret, Prometheus Bound, Death and the Powers and The Blue Flower

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The American Repertory Theater's 2010-2011 season will employ a gender-bending Emcee in the Tony-winning musical Cabaret and offer The History (and Mystery) of the Universe based on the writings of R. Buckminster Fuller, and Sophocles' Ajax under the direction of Sarah Benson.

Tony Award-nominated director Diane Paulus (Hair) will open her second season as A.R.T. artistic director with the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical Cabaret in September. Steven Bogart will direct the environmental staging that will transform A.R.T.'s club Oberon into the Kit Kat Club. Former Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer will portray the Emcee. Thomas Derrah and Jeremy Geidt have also been cast.

Brendan Shea's Alice vs. Wonderland, an adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking Glass" and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," will be staged by János Szász on the Loeb Stage in September.

According to A.R.T., "Lewis Carroll meets Lady Gaga in this fantastical update of 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.' This new adaptation seamlessly blends the lyrical whimsy of 'Alice' with modern pop music, high-octane physical theatre, and the dynamic vision of acclaimed Hungarian director János Szász."

Will Pomerantz will stage the musical The Blue Flower by husband and wife team Jim and Ruth Bauer on the Loeb Stage in November. The piece was presented by the Prospect Theatre Company in New York in 2008. Music, lyrics, script and videography are by Jim Bauer, with artwork, story and videography by Ruth Bauer.

According to A.R.T., "The Blue Flower takes us on a journey from Belle Époque Paris to the World War I battlefields. As the artist Max Baumann assembles his memories into a spectacular collage, he reveals the story of four friends and lovers trying to make their way through a world in pieces." D.W. Jacobs will direct his work R. Buckminster Fuller: The History (and Mystery) of the Universe in January 2011 on the Loeb Stage. "Journey through the universe on Spaceship Earth with the Leonardo da Vinci of the twentieth century as your guide. Futurist, environmentalist, and geodesic dome designer Bucky Fuller takes us on an adventure through his life and times — from his childhood in Massachusetts, to his meeting with Albert Einstein, to his breakthrough moments of invention."

Soho Rep artistic director Sarah Benson, who earned acclaim for her work on the New York debut of Sarah Kane's Blasted, will stage the Charles Connaghan adaptation of Ajax on the Loeb in February 2011. "As the great warrior Ajax recovers from a bout of madness, he struggles to live with the consequences of his crazed violence and with the trauma of war."

As previously reported by Playbill.com, the world premiere of Prometheus Bound, the new musical by Tony winner Steven Sater and System of a Down band member Serj Tankian, will debut at A.R.T. under the direction of Diane Paulus.

Sater penned book and lyrics for the piece that is based on the Aeschylus play. Tankian has written the score. "An outcry against tyranny, the new rock musical Prometheus Bound illustrates one man's struggle against the brute force of a ruthless dictator." Paulus will stage the production at Oberon in March 2011, which will immerse the audience "in an environment that has the Dionysian energy and rebelliousness of a rock concert."

The final production will be the American premiere of Death and the Powers staged by Paulus at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in March 2011. Composed by Tod Machover, with a libretto by poet-laureate Robert Pinsky from a story by Pinsky and Randy Weiner, the work will first premiere in Monaco this fall. It is a co-production with Chicago Opera Theater and Opera Boston.

"When the eccentric patriarch Simon Powers downloads himself into The System, his entire house comes to life around his family and friends. A groundbreaking new production developed by the MIT Media Lab in partnership with the A.R.T., Death and the Powers explores what we leave behind for the world and our loved ones, using specially designed technology and an expressively animated stage, including a chorus of robots and a musical chandelier."

A.R.T. will also continue performances of the musical The Donkey Show Saturday nights at Oberon. In spring 2011, the new works festival "Emerging America" will also return for its second year in collaboration with the Huntington Theatre Company and the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art.

Season subscriptions go on sale to A.R.T. members May 20. New subscribers may purchase tickets June 20. Visit AmericanRepertoryTheater. A.R.T. is located at 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA.

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