The Gaaga coming to Harvard Square 

The Gaaga

a fantastical trial of Putin | site specific production

June 2nd – 18th, 2023

Beat Brew Hall and Virtually

Harvard Square – 13 Brattle Street

The Harvard Square Business Association is delighted to announce the US premiere of The Gaaga, a fantastical trial of Putin set in a bomb shelter through this site-specific phantasmagoria written and directed by celebrated Ukrainian playwright and director Sasha Denisova, taking place June 2nd – 18th at the former location of the Beat Brew Hall, 13 Brattle Street, Harvard Square. These performances will also be available to stream virtually June 8th – 18th. The Gaaga is produced by HSBA member Arlekin Players Theatre & (zero-G) Lab.

The Gaaga is a darkly funny, haunting phantasmagoria that takes us on a journey through the consequences of war. Set in an abandoned restaurant converted into a bomb shelter, a Ukrainian girl dreams Vladimir Putin and his cronies into a trial for crimes of war. Developed through first-person interviews with refugees and officials, *THE GAAGA* *(The Hague)*, is inspired by world events.

Written & Directed by Sasha Denisova

Co-Directed by Igor Golyak 

Environmental Design by Irina Kruzhilinia

Produced by Sara Stackhouse

Tix & Info:

10% Off All In-Person Tix

Discount Code: HSBAFriends

13 Brattle St., Harvard Square
Live, In-Person June 2-18

Live, Online June 8-18

Restaurant/Parking Partner

Eat pre- or post-show at Grafton Street Pub & Grill and enjoy FREE PARKING! Parking is directly upstairs at Harvard Square Parking Garage, 20 Eliot St. Grafton Street will validate parking with parking ticket receipt at the restaurant

Gaaga Patron $10 Parking

Park at Harvard Square Parking Garage, 20 Eliot St. for $10 PARKING!

Arlekin will validate parking with parking ticket receipt at the theater.


From the North or South: take I-93 and exit towards Leverett Circle/Cambridge/Storrow Dr. Continue onto Storrow Dr., which becomes Soldiers Field Rd. Follow directions from Soldiers Field Road.

From the West: take I-90/Massachusetts Turnpike and exit towards Allston-Brighton/Cambridge. Follow signs for Cambridge, and continue onto Soldiers Field Rd. Follow directions from Soldiers Field Road.

From Soldier’s Field Rd.: Exit Soldiers Field Rd. toward Harvard Square, turn right onto JFK St., and cross the river and Memorial Dr. Follow JFK St. and then turn a sharp left onto Brattle. Take a right to stay on Brattle and continue a quarter of a mile.

Take the exit toward Harvard Sq/Cambridge

Turn left onto N Harvard St

Continue onto John F. Kennedy St

Turn left onto Brattle St

Public Transportation

Subway: Red line to Harvard Square. Use the Brattle Street exit and walk to 13 Brattle.

Bus: The #1, 66, 68, 69, 71, 72, 73, 72/75, 74, 75, 77, 78, 86, and 96 buses stop in Harvard Square, a short walk to 13 Brattle Street.


In addition to metered street parking, there are a number of parking lots and garages within walking distance to 13 Brattle Street. Parking facilities can be found here.

For additional information, please contact:

Arlekin Players Theatre

Zero Gravity (zero-G) Virtual Theater Lab 617-710-2287