The following announcement was provided by Mosesian Center for the Arts:
The recently-reopened Mosesian Center for the Arts continues to bring the best in performing, visual, and literary arts to the Arsenal on the Charles campus.
On Saturday, December 11, at 7:00 p.m., The Ivy League of Comedy presents Ophira Eisenberg. Eisenberg is a standup comic and was most recently host of NPR’s nationally syndicated comedy and trivia show Ask Me Another where she interviewed and played silly games with guests such as Sir Patrick Stewart, Taye Diggs, Awkwafina, George Takei, Julia Stiles, Uzo Aduba, Michael C. Hall, and more. She also is a regular host and story teller with The Moth and her stories have been featured on The Moth Radio Hour and in their best-selling books, including the most recent, Occasional Magic: True Stories About Defying the Impossible. Ophira’s own comedic memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, was optioned for a feature film. She has appeared on Comedy Central, This Week at The Comedy Cellar, The New Yorker Festival, Kevin Hart’s LOL Network, HBO’s Girls, Gotham Live, The Late Late Show, The Today Show, and VH-1. Her comedy special Inside Joke is available on Amazon and iTunes.
Also this weekend, Watertown Children’s Theatre at Mosesian Arts produces The Phantom Tollbooth. Based on the classic novel by Norton Juster, this play takes a fantastical journey through the lands of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis with a cast of eccentric characters. Performances are already sold out, but a wait list will be available at the box office before showtimes on Friday, December 10, at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 11, at 1:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 12, at 1:00 p.m.
On Tuesday, December 14, at 7;00 p.m. CHearFULL, a holiday celebration in the earFULL series, features everything audiences love about earFULL — music, stories, food, drink, and hosts Tim Huggins and Jen Trynin. They prove that, given the right environment, Book People will love the experience of live music, and Rock People will realize how cool it is to hear great authors reading their work aloud. Featured at this event in the Mosesian Arts lobby are authors Joanna Rakoff and Laura Zigman and musical groups Margaret Garrett & Friends and Martin, Morell, and Fredette. Limited tickets remain.
The annual Member Exhibition has opened and will be on display in the lobby through January 28, 2022. This yearly celebration of artistic talent in the Mosesian Arts community is an exciting way to exhibit work among friends, colleagues, and neighbors and to meet new artists in the community — as well as the perfect way to begin a new era of in-person art exhibitions in the newly renovated galleries. Gallery hours are Tuesdays through Fridays, 12:00 to 6:00 p.m. and during all performances.
Joining several other performance venues in the Boston area, the Mosesian Center for the Arts will require visitors age 12 and over to be vaccinated for COVID-19 or to show proof of a recent negative test. A complete list of current COVID safety policies is on the MCA website. Although construction continues at the Arsenal on the Charles campus, free parking is available in the garage adjacent to the arts center.
For more information on current programming and educational programs, visit www.mosesianarts.org.
About Mosesian Center for the Arts
The Mosesian Center for the Arts is a vibrant multi-disciplinary arts organization in Watertown, Massachusetts. The 30,000 square foot arts center, located within a former United States Army arsenal, houses a 340-seat main stage theater, a 100-seat black box theater, exhibition galleries, classrooms, a rehearsal hall, and resident artist studios. MCA is located six miles from downtown Boston, borders the Charles River and the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, and is easily accessible from surrounding suburbs. Programming includes performing and visual arts classes and workshops for all ages, literary and art discussions, gallery exhibitions, and professional theatrical and musical performances. Watertown Children’s Theatre is MCA’s flagship performing arts education program, providing exceptional theater arts classes and performances for youth and families. The venue is host to celebrated and cutting-edge performing arts companies in the Greater Boston region, such as resident company New Repertory Theatre, Flat Earth Theatre, Guerilla Opera, and Boston Midsummer Opera.
I certainly hope that this year’s shows at the Center represent better verbiage than the last show I saw there, HAIR. I was truly disappointed in HAIR as every other word in the show was F–K this and F–K that and was filled with the constant smoking of pot. It was so distracting that I and my friend really didn’t enjoy the show. I had gone to the original show in Boston many years ago and they didn’t find the need to constantly fill the performance with such language. They were much more creative with their script. Even though this word has become more acceptable today, using it incessantly as they did in that show was a turn off and I vowed not to go back to a show there again until I felt that their artistic writers had higher aspirations. I hope they do with these shows.