Founded in 1997, Oberon is an off-off Broadway nonprofit theatre company. Now in our 27th season, we have produced over 60 full-length productions and more than 100 staged readings of original plays. Oberon now has two dozen active members and many more regular collaborators, including award-winning actors, playwrights, directors and designers.

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We believe in the joy of a well told story, the connection offered by a supportive community, and the magic of the theatre. Oberon actively works to share this magic with others by reaching out to the community. We offer discounted student and senior tickets to our performances, and create shows that we can bring to schools, senior centers, and hospitals. We have also presented shows free in Central Park and strive to keep all our offerings affordable.

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THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY, and Executive Director Crystal Field, Presents 

ORSON'S SHADOW

in association with Oberon Theatre Ensemble & Strindberg Rep

March 14 – 31, 2024

Wednesday at 7:30 PM, Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 PM, Sunday at 3:00 PM

Written and Directed by Austin Pendleton
Originally Conceived by Judith Auberjonois

LEADS:
Brad Fryman
Patrick Hamilton
Luke Hofmaier
Natalie Menna
Kim Taff
Ryan Tremont

PRODUCTION:
Stage Manager: Jose Ruiz
Company Manager/ Assistant Director: Mark Karafin
Lighting Design: Alexander Bartenieff
Sound Design: Nick Moore
Costume Design: Billy Little

READ MORE ABOUT THE PLAY ON TIMEOUT.COM NEW YORK

Austin Pendleton and cast of "Orson's Shadow." Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

ABOUT THE PLAY

“Orson’s Shadow,” based on true events, takes place on the stage of the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin and later on the stage of the Royal Court Theatre. In his declining years, Orson Welles is directing a production of Eugène Ionesco’s “Rhinoceros,” starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright. Olivier is fresh from his triumphant theatrical portrayal of vaudevillian Archie Rice in John Osborne’s “The Entertainer” and is about to reprise the role in its film adaptation. He and Plowright are in the early stages of a romantic liaison and his tumultuous marriage to Vivien Leigh is all but ended. The noted critic Kenneth Tynan becomes entangled in the conflicts between Welles, Olivier, and Leigh, adding tension and complexity to their relationships and influencing their decisions and perceptions. The play debates the merits of stage versus screen, the internal struggle that theatrical performers endure when contemplating a leap to films, and the ways the studio system frustrated the careers of individual artists. It is also a study of theatrical egos, each of the protagonists living more on the stage than in real life, each one feeling insecure while jockeying for power.

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