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Underground Railway Theater creates live performance in the activist and collaborative spirit of its namesake. Through interdisciplinary inquiry and partnership, URT creates accessible theater of great beauty and social content–theater that challenges and delights, informs and celebrates. Through its productions and a constellation of education and outreach programs, URT activates commitments to cultivating local artists of all ages and to creating new work. Founded in Oberlin, Ohio, one of the stops on the Underground Railroad, URT toured nationally for thirty years before becoming a resident company at CST. URT has represented Massachusetts at over a dozen U.S. theater festivals and also in France, Canada, Spain, Taiwan, Greece, and Hong Kong. URT has been comissioned by the National Institutes of Health, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Mass Humanities. Awards for theater and public education include those from Our Place Theater Project, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Cambridge Peace Commission. The company has been cited for excellence by The Boston Globe and The Los Angeles Times.
Discover the reason The New York Times asked: “Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy?”
All the trappings – sights, sounds, and scents – of a Victorian Christmas fill the theater with magic.
Get swept up in the beauty, carnage, and zealotry surrounding one of the legendary wonders of the world.
Our annual fundraising event on April 30, 2018.
A Muslim-American teenager meets with her teacher, a mysterious scientist forced to teach high school biology, creating an unlikely, inspired partnership investigating adolescent romantic love. Clashes arise out of their conflicts over religion, science, and mentorship as both lives are transformed forever.
Underground Railway Theater Artistic Director Debra Wise stars in Tony Kushner’s warm invocation of hope in an increasingly chilling, negative world.
Join us on May 10, 2017 for CST’s Gala at the MIT Museum!
Enchanting for all ages, come discover magic and beauty in the most unexpected places.
Journey to the West promises to be a comic adventure for all ages celebrating the vitality of human perseverance.
The New York Times praises Cori Thomas’s play for creating “a strong desire to spend more time in the characters’ company” after leaving the theater.
CST’s Annual Gala is April 12th! Join us for a seated dinner and more on the set of Arcadia!
Family or Freedom?
“Irresistible!” – The Boston Globe
Can love transcend loneliness?
It’s about time. And it’s relative.
History up close and personal.
This event is sold out. If you would like to contribute anyway, please see below for donation options!
Four actors perform all 24 roles in Bedlam’s production of Saint Joan, declared “Irresistible! Ferocious!” and “A force of nature!” by the New York Times and a Top Ten Play of 2013 by Time magazine.
Join us and be transformed by the power of storytelling – again! The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater revive their award-winning production (2012 Independent Reviewers of New England Awards for Best Ensemble, Best Puppetry, Best Costumes, and Best Director) of Dominic Cooke’s Arabian Nights.
The legendary collaboration of Ramanujan and G.H. Hardy inspires a passionate love story set in the Indian diaspora.
Mr g creates time, space, matter, a few basic laws of physics. These give birth to stars, planets… but intelligent life? The Creator’s plans go awry when a mysterious rival questions the nature of free will. Together, we experience the birth and fate of Mr g’s favorite universe: ours.
A fairytale opera for the entire family, Brundibar celebrates the triumph of the helpless over tyranny and the transformative power of art.
Sila illuminates the competing interests shaping the future of the local Inuit population and of our planet.
Enter ancient Persia, and be transformed by the power of storytelling.
Renowned neurologist Juliana Smithton’s life is unraveling: her husband is leaving her and a betrayal has led to an estrangement from her daughter – all while Juliana is in the midst of a medical crisis.
Mama is meditating. Her cell phone rings, waking Jesse up. He can’t sit still, swears like a truck driver and is in trouble at school. His teacher says “Attention Deficit Disorder”. His doctor blames environmental toxins. Dad says, “He’s just a boy!” Experts are consulted. Ritalin is prescribed. Can a pill solve all of his […]
On the eve of a national conference Zelda (Underground Railway Theater Artistic Director, Debra Wise), an acclaimed evolutionary biologist, is visited by Rachel, an ambitious graduate student. The two women share a zeal for science, a bold and contrarian approach to the male-dominated field, and much more. During the course of the visit, the young […]
A new musical comedy inspired by the legendary National Public Radio show! Our hero – the overweight, always-late invertebrate Rusty Fenders – has racked up as many miles as his ‘93 KIA. Attempting to salvage happiness from the junkyard of his life, he collides with his ruthless boss Beaulah Gasket, his unrequited office romance Sheila, […]
Einstein’s Dreams is wry and wild, funny and intellectually stimulating, provocative and surprisingly moving. Alan Lightman’s best-selling novel has inspired dozens of theatrical productions – Savick’s, premiered by Underground Railway Theater in 2007, is Lightman’s favorite. Set in Switzerland, 1905, the play portrays Einstein, a modest patent clerk in a new marriage, struggling to make […]
Alice’s Adventures Underground, an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic works, takes adults and children down rabbit holes and through mirrors into worlds seen best when looked at upside down. Written by Underground Railway Theater Artistic Director Debra Wise in collaboration with the company, and directed by Dev Luthra, with music by Roger Miller and Evan […]
An Evening With Richard Feynman Nobel Prize Winning Physicist, brilliant and controversial theorist, accomplished juggler, prankster, safecraker, and lover of Tuvan Throat Singing.
Underground Railway Theater and Playwrights’ Theatre at Boston University bring the powerful folk parable, Ti-Jean & His Brothers, to Cambridge. A Caribbean family is in crisis: three brothers are pulled into a dangerous game with the Devil in this fanciful, dark, and ultimately hopeful story of battling despair through fierce humor and love. Ti-Jean & […]
Three dream plays inspired by true events. An Israeli soldier meets a mysterious Palestinian woman in the Rafah Zoo. A Palestinian father reveals to a young Israeli their shared history. A bookish Iraqi bird collector tells of his conscription into Saddam’s army. Through magic realism and surprising humor, The Fever Chart: Three Visions of the […]
Following sold-out runs in New York and San Francisco as well as a critically acclaimed run at Central Square Theater last year, Catalyst Collaborative@MIT welcomes back Gioia De Cari’s one-woman tour-de-force, Truth Values: One Girl’s Romp Through MIT’s Male Math Maze. Nominated for Best Solo Performance of 2009 by the Independent Reviewers of New England […]
Enter ancient Persia, and be transformed by the power of storytelling. King Shahrayar, after being driven mad by his first wife’s infidelity, brands all women unfaithful. He takes a new bride every night, until he meets Shahrazad, who enchants him with magical tales spanning the globe, winning his love and respect in the process. Based […]
At the age of 27, Henry Molaison became frozen in time. After experimental brain surgery, H.M. (as he was known to the scientific community) was unable to form new memories. His personal tragedy became neuroscience’s golden opportunity, contributing more to our understanding of the brain than had been learned in the previous 100 years. A […]
Catalyst Collaborative@MIT – Underground Railway Theater’s science theater initiative with MIT – presents this World Premiere by award-winning playwright Melinda Lopez, commissioned by the National Institutes of Health to celebrate the 150th anniversary of “On the Origin of Species.” Surprises erupt as a muralist’s work is derailed by hallucinations, pregnancy, and dinosaurs in this witty […]
A collaboration between Underground Railway Theater and The Providence Black Repertory Company, the East Coast Premiere of Harriet Jacobs by Lydia R. Diamond brings Harriet Jacobs’ astonishing true story, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl to the stage. The “immensely sophisticated” play about human oppression and how certain people rise above it allows […]
Underground Railway Theater pairs two heartwarming journeys into the foibles of the holiday season. Joyful, whimsical, and rich with humor, both are told from the point of view of children – one a girl, one a boy – and set in the ’30’s – one in the Bronx, one in Alabama. In A Christmas Memory, […]