Located in Cambridge, A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by drama historian and critic Robert Brustein, longtime theater reviewer for The New Republic. A.R.T.’s main theater is on the Harvard campus, and adding to the company’s academic feel is the fact that it has its own school, the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training (a two-year program that teaches acting, dramaturgy, and special studies, and includes a three-month residency at the Moscow Art Theatre School). Institute students do their own shows apart from A.R.T.’s season, and they’re cheaply priced at $5–$10.
A.R.T., which regularly works with some of the finest and most daring artists in the theater world, is well-known for producing premieres of new work and modern interpretations of classics. The company has even taken to doing stage versions of noted independent films, like Donnie Darko and Wings of Desire. A.R.T productions are always of high quality and the theater’s fans appreciate the company’s willingness to take risks.
Pre-show activities for the LGBT community and under-35s are frequently held, and on-site childcare is available for select Saturday matinées at $10 per child. Regulars say that the theater has good views all around, but that finding a good parking spot near the theater is another matter entirely.
A.R.T. (American Repertory Theatre) Information
- Other Venue: Oberon (2 Arrow Street); Zero Church Street (First Parish Church, lower level, 0 Church Street)
- Public Transportation: Good (All venues within a 5-minute walk from several buses and the Red Line at the Harvard Square Station)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good at all venues
- Performances/Programs: Performances scheduled Tuesday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets at Zero Arrow Theatre are $39 ($52 for Friday and Saturday nights) for table seating; $25 for stool seating; $18 student and seniors tickets available for many shows, student Rush tickets for $15 on day of performance, by phone or in person. 50@$15 is a Rush-ticket program available to anybody, starting at noon on the day of the performance; up to 50 tickets are available to buy in person. Group tickets are available for groups of 10 or more ($10 to $20 off each ticket, depending on the size of the party), A.R.T. student pass is good for up to 80% savings on tickets for full-time college students, $60 for five shows
- Subscriptions: Multiple subscription options include the Assigned series: Choose day of week, time, and seating section, receive the best seats, guaranteed, for all productions and an option to renew with same seats for subsequent seasons; Choose Your Own Series: Choose peak (Friday or Saturday evenings) or off-peak days (weekdays, matinées) and seating section, choose specific dates for each play, receive priority seating before single tickets go on sale. (Seats may change from show to show.). For the Flex series, choose peak (Friday and Saturday evenings) or off-peak days (weekdays, matinées) and seating section. Benefits include a subscription to ARTicles, A.R.T.’s behind-the-scenes magazine, Zipcar membership, tickets to A.R.T. Institute productions, drink coupons for use at the A.R.T. bar and easy ticket exchanges.