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ArtsEmerson Season Opens Tonight

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From all of us at ArtsEmerson, welcome back to a new school year!

We’ve got 11 productions from around the globe running in both the Paramount Center and the Cutler Majestic through May 2019, and we want to make sure you get your tickets!

As a reminder, students, faculty, and staff are able to purchase up to two $10 tickets in advance at or can come to the box office the day of the performance to rush one free ticket to any ArtsEmerson programming. All you need is a valid Emerson ID!

Here’s what’s happening this semester:




by Dead Centre, Ireland

Emerson Paramount Center, Robert J. Orchard Stage

William Shakespeare had one son: Hamnet. The young boy never knew his famous father, but in this riveting tour-de-force from Ireland, Shakespeare’s only son finally takes center stage. How do our dreams impact our families? Do adults really have it all figured out? Or are we blind to what we could have done better until it’s too late? In Hamnet, a commanding performance from a young actor confronts what it means—and what it costs—to be great.


OCT 17 – 28


written and performed by Liza Jessie Peterson, New York

Emerson Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott Black Box

Inspired by her decades-long work with prison populations, including on the notorious Riker’s Island, Liza Jessie Peterson’s timely and urgent one-person show unpacks the human impact of mass incarceration in America. Fearlessly funny, smart and provocative, The Peculiar Patriot traces the migration of systemic injustice from the plantation to the prison yard.


OCT 24 – 28


by London’s Cheek by Jowl and Moscow’s The Pushkin Theatre

Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre

The stakes are high and the performances are mesmerizing. Experience Shakespeare’s tale in a ripped-from-the-headlines context that is as shocking as it is revelatory. Measure for Measure asks vital and unsettling questions about how we are governed and, in the process, unmasks the true nature of authority, love and justice. Presented in Russian with English surtitles.


NOV 8 – 25

WET: A DACAmented Journey

written and performed by Alex Alpharoah, Los Angeles

Emerson Paramount Center, Jackie Liebergott Black Box

WET is a true story of what it means to be an American in every sense of the word except one: on paper. Alex Alpharaoh, a social worker who knows firsthand the mental, emotional and psychological hardship of this unending process, risks his own freedom to share his story in this nationwide tour. The production—which rockets between hilarity and heartbreak—will instantly humanize the headlines and take audiences inside the realities of striving for a better life under the extreme conditions of living life as a political football.

For more information regarding any of ArtsEmerson’s programming or for more details about our ticket policies, please feel free to visit our website at or call our box office at 617-824-8400.

We can’t wait to see you at the theatre!


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