American Repertory Theater presents The Donkey Show, the intoxicating international sensation that takes you behind the velvet ropes into a glittered wonderland of decadence, divas, and disco, inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Come party on the dance floor to all the disco hits you know by heart as The Donkey Show unfolds all around you. It’s a show . . . it’s a party . . . it’s the ultimate disco experience.

From its six-year run in New York City to a world tour from London to Seoul, the celebrated smash hit The Donkey Show now takes Boston by storm, bringing the ultimate disco experience – a crazy circus of mirror balls and feathered divas, of roller skaters and hustle queens. The Donkey Show tells the story of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream through the great 70s anthems, including «We are Family,» «I Love the Nightlife,» «Car Wash,» «Ring My Bell,» and «Last Dance.» The enchanted forest of Shakespeare’s classic comedy becomes the glittered world of retro disco as the lovers escape from their real lives to experience a night of dream, abandon, and fantasy.

The Donkey Show kicks off the A.R.T’s Shakespeare Exploded! Series, a festival of theatrical events inspired by three classic plays by Shakespeare. The series also includes Sleep No More — created by the award-winning British theater company Punchdrunk — an immersive production inspired by Shakespeare’s Macbeth, told through the lens of a Hitchcock thriller; and Best of Both Worlds, a soulful Gospel and R&B re-envisioning of The Winter’s Tale.

WHEN: August 21-October 31, 2009

WHERE: Zero Arrow, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge, MA

TICKETS: $25 – $49. Group Rates available. Can be purchased online at www.AmericanRepertoryTheater.org, by phone at 617-547-8300, or in person at the A.R.T. box office.

«If music be the food of love, The Donkey Show is a bowl of jalapenos. . . . Passion, sex, a rollicking cool party, this is not your mother’s musical.»— New York Times

RATING:
Must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink.

ABOUT THE CREATORS OF THE DONKEY SHOW:
Diane Paulus is a director of opera and theater, recently appointed Artistic Director of the A.R.T. She is the creator and director of The Donkey Show, which ran for six years Off-Broadway, and toured internationally to London, Edinburgh, Madrid, and Evian, France. Recent theater work includes the Tony Award-winning revival of HAIR on Broadway; Kiss Me Kate at Glimmerglass Opera; Lost Highway, based on the David Lynch film, an ENO co-production with the Young Vic in London; Another Country by James Baldwin at Riverside Church; Turandot: Rumble for the Ring at the Bay Street Theatre; The Golden Mickeys for Disney Creative Entertainment; Best of Both Worlds, a gospel/R&B adaptation of A Winter’s Tale produced by Music-Theatre Group and The Women’s Project; and The Karaoke Show, an adaptation of «Comedy of Errors» set in a karaoke bar, produced by Jordan Roth Productions. Also for Music-Theatre Group, she directed the Obie award-winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist Running Man by jazz composer Diedre Murray and poet Cornelius Eady; and Swimming with Watermelons, created in association with Project 400, the theater company she co-founded with her husband Randy Weiner. Other work Off-Broadway: Brutal Imagination, and the Obie-award winning Eli’s Comin, featuring the music and lyrics of Laura Nyro. Opera credits include Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Fi

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