BARE: a Pop Opera opens on July 17th, here at The Oakland Center for the Arts! BARE tells the story of the senior class at a Catholic boarding school, and the struggles that face 2 gay students as they attempt to navigate the chaotic environment that is high school.
Equus runs two more weekends, 4/18, 4/19 and 4/25, 4/26.
A contemporary rock musical, Bare follows a group of teens wrestling with issues of identity, sexuality, and religion at a co-ed Catholic boarding school. Provocative, raw, and unyielding in its exploration of how today’s generation navigates the tightrope between adolescence and adulthood, Bare examines the consequences of baring a soul-or hiding it from those who matter most.
Bare book by Jon Hartmere, Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo, lyrics by Hartmere and music by Intrabartolo.
Bare will premiere on The Oakland stage July 18-27, 2014. Stay tuned for audition announcements and cast & crew updates.
For more information about the show, click here.
Suave and the Boner
November 8, 9, 8:00 p.m.
Lizzy Suave and Jack Boner are Suave and the Boner! All riled up from their sold-out NYC cabaret shows, this November, The Oakland gets a show with Steampunk style, cabaret chops, and an evening of vaudeville-style musical comedy that drags the double entendre to new depths of entertainment for nonstop laughs. Suave and the Boner is a fundraiser to benefit the Oakland Center for the Arts.
October 4-19 (7pm curtain)
Please Note that this production is for mature audiences only and has a curtain time of 7:00 p.m. for all performances.
Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by Matthew Mazuroski
For our 2013-2014 season opener, we are proud to stage the local premiere of this Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play.
Set in 1985 in the midst of New York City’s AIDS crisis, Angels in America Part 1: The Millennium Approaches follows the overlapping plots of Roy Cohn, lawyer and powerbroker, Joe and Harper Pitt, and Prior Walter and his partner Louis Ironson. As the play progresses, Prior, who is infected with the AIDS virus, gets sicker and he begins to hear a mystical voice while the rest of the characters are struggling against their personal demons.
The cast includes James McClellan, Bernie Appugliese, Tyler Clark, Johnny Pecano, Candy DiLullo, Liz Conrad, Timothy Thomas, and Molly Galano.
On May 10, the Oakland Center for the Arts opens the classic drama The Children’s Hour. Written by Lillian Hellman in 1934, this chilling story of how a young girl’s vindictive manipulations can ruin lives will resonate with today’s audiences. Cleric Costes will direct the Oakland production, assisted by Kristopher Ray North. Stephanie Sarrach is stage manager.
The Children’s Hour takes a close look into the world of a Massachusetts farm turned girls’ school where gossip, blackmail, jealousy, lies, and bullying lead to dire consequences when two teachers are accused of having a sexual affair. Because any mention of homosexuality was illegal on a New York Stage at the time Hellman wrote The Children’s Hour, the story is told through subtle dialogue and implication, which adds to its dark intrigue.
To capture these themes, Costes chose to use a minimalistic set done entirely in black and gray tones and sparsely furnished. The cast is costumed in black, white, and gray, making this Hellman classic into an updated mood piece. Costes said, “stripping away all the usual theatrical trappings and shifting the play from a realistic approach to a Brechtian style enlightens the internal motivations of the characters. It also pushes the audience to narrow its focus on the actors’ actions and reactions. Nothing gets missed. ”
Mary M. James and Victoria Lubonovich take on the lead roles of the accused teachers, Martha Dobie and Karen Wright. Dana Dunnavant plays the loving but imposing Mrs. Tilford, and Miranda Canacci portrays her scheming and vengeful grandaughter, Mary. Leigh Cox, Brandon Smith, Tricia Terlesky round out the adult roles in the cast. The girls include Chloe Housteau, Madison Gulfo, Hannah Nitzsky, Jansen Hykes, Selena Phillips, Sierra Smith, and Elsie Kibler.