The Bitter Game
OBERON Presents, OBERON Shows
September 14 - 16, 2017
Keith A Wallace
“high-impact ... a sharp reminder of the persuasive powers of live theater.”
— The New York Times

Created, Written & Performed by Keith A. Wallace
Directed & 
Co-created by Deborah Stein

Step onto the basketball court with this one-man show praised by The New York Times as “high-impact ... a sharp reminder of the persuasive powers of live theater.”  The Bitter Game comes to OBERON following its much-talked-about run at the Under the Radar Festival.

With its five acts structured as the four quarters and overtime of a basketball game, The Bitter Game explores the experience of being Black in America through the relationship between a young man and his mother. Based on the playwright-actor Keith A. Wallace’s youth in Philadelphia, this multi-character performance tackles issues ranging from police violence, to coping with trauma, to the value of Black lives.

 

Art as Activism and the Tragedy of Silence | Keith Wallace | TEDxCheltenham

The Bitter Game is a strong reminder that live theatre is a powerful tool for invoking larger conversations and like life, theatre can be more when you don’t just passively participate. More

“The Bitter Game” was simple and direct — and all the more damning for being so. More

Performed as an interactive exercise that allows no one to maintain a distance, the show is a sharp reminder of the persuasive powers of live theater. More

Throughout this compelling play, “actorvist” Keith A. Wallace is in direct conversation with theatergoers — improvisational shit-talking, he calls it — to inspire radical empathy about how police violence traumatizes African Americans in communities across the country. More

Press Releases

OBERON presents The Bitter Game, a gripping story about what it means to survive while Black in America, created, written & performed by Keith A. Wallace, directed and co-created by Deborah Stein.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is pleased to announce its 2017/18 Season including Burn All Night, WARHOLCAPOTE, Sense and Sensibility, HEAR WORD! Naija Woman Talk True, The White Card, and Jagged Little Pill.

Inspired by the show to learn more about, or get involved in addressing the issues raised by the play? Visit (and contribute to) this guide to local resources and organizations.

 

Read more about the production:

Read "The Court of Justice," a conversation between The Bitter Game creator & performer Keith A. Wallace and Professor Timothy Patrick McCarthy

 

Read more about The Bitter Game and other upcoming productions in the A.R.T. Guide. 

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Ticket prices

Tickets from $25

Run time

70 minutes.

Venue

OBERON 2 Arrow St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Tickets: 617.547.8300

Administrative Office: 617.495.2668

Need to know

After a limited engagement at OBERON, The Bitter Game will tour to a series of venues around greater Boston. Due to the expected stormy weather, our tour locations of The Bitter Game have moved inside. The performance on Wednesday, September 20 at 7PM at the Mattapan Teen Center will now take place in the Foundation Room at the center. The performance on Thursday, September 21 at 7PM (formerly 6PM) at the Harambee Basketball court at BCYF Perkins has been moved to the school auditorium. 

• 9/20 at 7PM
MATTAPAN TEEN CENTER

9/21 at 7PM
HARAMBEE BASKETBALL COURT AT BCYF PERKINS

Access

Accessibilty
Assistive Listening Devices
Large Print Programs

ACT II

Moderated Act II conversations will follow performances on: