The Oberon Theatre Ensemble is an active player in New York’s independent theatre community. Now in our 14th season, we combine classic, contemporary, and new works in repertory. We believe in the joy of a well told story, the connection offered by a supportive community, and the magic of the theatre. More

Last Season
Oberon presented a world premiere of:


by Christopher Boal

"priceless...hilariously played" NY Times



"a quality production" "poetic staging"

At the Midtown International Festival, Oberon presented:

by Duncan Pflaster

Nominated for 11 Awards
Photos by Dale Harris.
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American Rapture

February 14 to March 1, 2009

"What makes this evening truly wonderful is the concise writing paired with actors who know exactly what they are doing" - Tullis McCalll,

"All acting is superb..." - Oscar Moore,

"The writing and the directing of this piece are snappy and dead-on... poignant, provocative, and effective." - Travis Richards,

"An unusually high level of acting...careful and caring direction" - Robert Windeler,

"Note-perfect performances....It's a satisfying evening of theatre" - Duncan Pflaster,

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American Rapture

The Lonely Soul of A Crowded Nation
An Evening of Short Plays

by Alexander Dinelaris and William Saroyan

Directed by Alexander Dinelaris

Gabe Bettio*
Jane Cortney*
Max Darwin
Brad Fryman*
Vince Gatton
William Laney*
Diánna Martin
Donovan Patton*
Laura Siner*
Christine Verleny
Stewart Walker*

Stage Manager: Jenna R. Lazar
*Appearing courtesy of Actors Equity Association

New York IT Awards

American Rapture

Featuring Hello Out There by William Saroyan and world premiere works by Alex Dinelaris.

An evening of one-act plays, some humorous, some tragic, exploring the unique mixture of loneliness and hope which makes up the American Experience. Playwright/director Alex Dinelaris weaves his way through modern relationships, religious hypocrisy, love, loss and the endless cycle of violence that threatens to swallow our society whole.

The evening culminates with William Saroyan's play Hello Out There, the powerful tale of two outcasts who find love at the most unlikely time, in the most unlikely place.

Portions of American Rapture were originally produced by Shotgun Productions.

The Beckett Theatre @ Theatre Row

Saturday, Feb 14 at 8pm
Sunday, Feb 15 at 3pm
Wednesday, Feb 18 at 8pm
Thursday, Feb 19 at 8pm
Friday, Feb 20 at 8pm
Saturday, Feb 21 at 2pm
Monday, Feb 23 at 7pm
Tuesday, Feb 24 at 8pm
Wednesday, Feb 25 at 2pm
Saturday, Feb 28 at 8pm
Sunday, Mar 1 at 3pm

Alexander Dinelaris

Playwright/Director, American Rapture
Alex was nominated for two Drama Desk Awards in 2003 for his additional work on the Off-Broadway hit, Zanna Don't. His play Red Dog Howls, (which addresses the effect of the Armenian Genocide on one man and his family) played to sold out houses in L.A., with Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant ( Angels in America, Wit ) in the leading role. The play has been nominated for several Los Angeles theatre awards and is scheduled to open in London in the spring of 2010. Other plays include; Still Life, which is slated for Broadway this fall, produced by, Jeffrey Richards ( August: Osage County ), The Chaos Theories, Big Kids, Pathetique. Most recently, Alex worked with director Alejandro Gonzales-Innaritu ( Babel, 21 Grams, Ammores Perros ) on his newest film. Alex attended Barry University, where he received the Mac McKindree scholarship for drama.