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Barber Shop Chronicles, We Live in Cairo, and More Set for A.R.T. 2018-19 Season

”The Black Clown” is also on tap for American Repertory Theater.

Davóne Tines's adaptation of The Black Clown joins the A.R.T.'s 2018-19 season.
Davóne Tines's adaptation of The Black Clown joins the A.R.T.'s 2018-19 season.
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The American Repertory Theater has announced its 2018-19 season programming at the Loeb Drama Center and at club theater OBERON.

Kicking off the Loeb Drama Center season will be the world premiere of The Black Clown (August 31-September 23), a new musical adapted from Langston Hughes's poem by Davóne Tines and Michael Schachter. Directed by Zack Winokur, the production will feature music by Schachter.

Next will be Extraordinary: A Celebration of Music Theater at A.R.T. (November 16-30), a celebration of artistic director Diane Paulus's 10th anniversary season. The show will unite a roster of A.R.T. artists from the past 10 seasons to journey back through the company's memorable productions of the last decade.

Following will be Barber Shop Chronicles (December 5-January 5, 2019), a Fuel, National Theatre, and West Yorkshire Playhouse coproduction. The new play is written by Inua Ellams and directed by Bijan Sheibani.

Bill Rauch will then direct an Oregon Shakespeare Festival production of Shakespeare's Othello (January 13-February 9, 2019), followed by the world premiere of Endlings (February 26-March 17, 2019), written by Celine Song and directed by Sammi Cannold.

Closing out the Loeb Drama Center season will be the world-premiere musical We Live in Cairo (May 14-June 16, 2019). Directed by Taibi Magar, the production will feature a book, music, and lyrics by Daniel and Patrick Lazour.

OBERON will additionally host the the A.R.T. Breakout series, formerly known as OBERON Presents, which presents cutting-edge performances that push theatrical boundaries. The series will include Borrowed Cash: Busted! The Reunion Tour (September 13-23); Black Light (November 7-11); Dragon Lady and Dragon Mama from Sara Porkalob's Dragon Cycle (March 20-April 6, 2019); and Clairvoyance (April 24-28, 2019).

For additional programming and more information about the 2018-19 A.R.T. season, click here.