OBERON THEATRE ENSEMBLE

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


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Last Season
Oberon presented a world premiere of:

ORDER

by Christopher Boal

"priceless...hilariously played" NY Times

&

OTHELLO

"a quality production" "poetic staging"



At the Midtown International Festival, Oberon presented:

by Duncan Pflaster

Nominated for 11 Awards

A VERY SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

We have been nominated by the New York Innovated Theatre Awards for


Outstanding Revival of a Play And Nick Moore's Outstanding Sound Design

Congratulations to Oberon and SoHo Playhouse on a GREAT run!


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Reviews Are In

(and they are fantastic!)

“A polished gem,” “satisfying and moving”:


THE DRAWER BOY

“Mr. Laney is unforgettable as the confused, childlike Angus.“ “Under Alexander Dinelaris’s direction, hits the target expertly.“ - The New York Times

“Fryman finds the dry sense of humor in his character.“ - The New York Times

“This is a brilliant work” - NYC Stage Review

“Artfully directed by Alexander Dinelaris, Jr.” – NYC Stage Review

"William Laney is extraordinary"  - A Seat on the Aisle

"Brad Fryman seethes with repressed passion"  - Backstage

"We should thank Alexander Dinelaris for directing with his heart as well as his skills because something off center wonderful like this show doesn’t just happen. It’s a gem example of the best in collaborative art effort."  - TheatreScene.net

"Alex Fast is spendid" -  A Seat on the Aisle

"Rebecca Lord-Surratt’s wonderful set manages simultaneously to conjure the confines of a small farmhouse and the vastness of the Canadian prairie."  - Backstage

"Rather than taking our local theaters to task for overlooking it, I prefer to thank the Oberon Theatre Ensemble for finally bringing us this satisfying and moving play." - Backstage

THE DRAWER BOY

By Michael Healey

Directed by 

Alexander Dinelaris (Book for “The Bodyguard” London’s West End)

 

Made Time Magazine's Top Ten Plays List in 2001.

 

Oberon Theatre Ensemble will kick off its 15th season with the long awaited, New York premiere of Michael Healey’s THE DRAWER BOY, directed by Alexander Dinelaris (Playwright: “Red Dog Howls,” “Still Life” ) with preview performances beginning March 1 prior to an official press opening on March 5 at the June Havoc Theatre in The Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex (312 W. 36th Street) in Manhattan.

 

THE DRAWER BOY looks in on the lives of two aging bachelor farmers in 1972 rural Ontario. World War II veterans and lifelong friends, the farmers share a quiet and uneventful life based on stories and routine. Their lives are comically disrupted when a young, energetic actor from the big city shows up on their doorstep wanting to live and work with them as research for a play about farming. As the actor immerses himself, the farmers' darkest secrets become part of the actor's play and the lines between theatre and life, and memory and reality, become blurred. Heartbreak and levity mix in this extraordinary play about storytelling and how it transforms our lives.

 

Since its premiere in 1999 at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille, THE DRAWER BOY has won countless awards, including Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award and The Helen Hayes Award. It often makes Theatre Communications Group’s “Top Ten Most Produced Plays,” and in 2001, THE DRAWER BOY was selected as one of Time Magazine‘s top ten plays, and called  “a new classic,” by the publication. 

 

Now, 14 years after it made its world-premiere THE DRAWER BOY will receive its New York debut, helmed by Alexander Dinelaris (Book “The Bodyguard,” “Red Dog Howls;” director “American Rapture,” “The Chaos Theories”), featuring a cast that includes: Alex Fast (“The Awesome 80’s Prom,” “Ivanov”), Brad Fryman (“Order,” “American Rapture”) and William Laney (“True Face,” “Order”).

 

Design team for THE DRAWER BOY will be Rebecca Lord-Surratt (scenic design), David Murin (costume design), Nick Moore (sound design), and Amith Chandrashaker (lighting design).

 

Michael Healey is a Canadian playwright and actor. His other plays include “Plan B,” “Rune Arlidge,” and “Generous” for which he was awarded the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play.

 

Alexander Dinelaris – a two-time Drama Desk nominee - is currently represented as a playwright with the West End production of “The Bodyguard, a New Musical.” His other playwrighting credits include: “Red Dog Howls” (New York Theater Workshop) and “Still Life” (Manhattan Class Company). His directing credits are: “American Rapture” (Oberon Theatre Ensemble), “The Chaos Theories” (Shotgun Productions), and “After Hours” (Dramatists Rep Co.).

 

The Oberon Theatre Ensemble is a New York-based, not-for-profit theatre committed to cultivating and invigorating a diverse theatre community by confronting contemporary issues through classic, original, and contemporary works.  Currently celebrating its 15th season, Oberon has produced 55 full-length plays as well as over 100 staged readings.

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