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Curtain times:
8 p.m. for Friday, and Saturday performances.

7:30 p.m. for Thursday performances
2 p.m. for Sunday matinees.

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the_library 2January 10 - February 1, 2020
by Scott Z. Burns

Carpenter Square Theatre studies the aftermath of a tragic event in THE LIBRARY - playing February 21-March 14. Scott Z. Burns’ fast-paced drama performs at the theater located at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City. 

After Caitlin Gabriel is seriously injured, but survives, a deadly shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the authorities, her priest, and anyone who will listen. But there are other stories circulating about Caitlin’s possible involvement that gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. One narrative presents Joy, a deceased classmate, as a heroic martyr, while Caitlin is a shamed coward.


Renowned Hollywood screenwriter Scott Z. Burns returns to the stage with this bold and chilling play that doesn’t try to find clear motivations for the crime, like a detective story. Instead, he considers how such events affect those who survive them, and asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and how lies can sometimes claim to heal us. 


Sara Byerly stars as Caitlin Gabriel, while Denise Hughes and Grant Brittan portray her protective parents, as well as medical personnel who treat Caitlin. Several other actors also have dual roles in the play. Ford Filson plays a classmate of Caitlin’s who gives a flawed account of the shooting to investigators and the media, as well as Marshall Bauer, a troubled graduate who one day opened fire inside his former school library. John Covaleskie portrays a parish priest, as well as a government official. Playing singular roles are Alexandra Shadid as Dawn, the mother of a girl killed in the shooting, Cindy Barrios as Dawn’s book publisher, and Aiesha Watley as the detective who investigates the crime. 


Terry Veal directs the ensemble cast with assistance from stage manager Roger Oxford. Ben Hall is in charge of the set, and Jay C. Schardt is the lighting designer. Rhonda Clark coordinates the costumes. 


This is Scott Z. Burns’ first play, although he is a prolific writer. He has written several screenplays starring Matt Damon, including “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Contagion.” He has a good working relationship with Steven Soderbergh who has directed three of his screenplays. Burns also produced the Academy Award-winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” 


Burns is a native of Golden Valley, Minnesota, and he sets much of “The Library” at Golden Valley High School, although he says it could be anywhere in America. 


“The Library” is rated PG-13. Specific performance dates and times for over four weeks are: 8 p.m. February 21-22 and 28-29; 7:30 p.m. March 5, 8 p.m. March 6-7, and 2 p.m. March 8. It continues at 7:30 pm March 12, and 8 p.m. March 13-14. 


This production is part of CST’s educational outreach to at-risk high school students in the metro area, so there will be two morning matinees for teens on Feb 28 and March 6, followed by workshops at the participating schools. 


“The Library” is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, Kirkpatrick Family Fund, Inasmuch Foundation, and Allied Arts. Season Sponsors include Ed and Janet Bucknell and Mel and Cindy Ables. Opening Night Party Sponsors are Glen and Jennifer Veal.

The show’s Ticket Sponsors are Michael Cassidy and Ron and Alyce Page. Regular adult tickets are $25 with $20 tickets available for seniors aged 62 or more, military, and groups of ten or more. Educator tickets are $10 and students are only $5. Two-for-one tickets may be purchased when presenting the Allied Arts City Card or when attending Thursday evening performances. Reservations are highly recommended for the intimate 90-seat theater. For tickets, call 405-232-6500 or email

For tickets, please call: (405) 232-6500.


Friday Jan 10 8 p.m.  (Followed by Opening Night Party)
Saturday Jan 11 8 p.m.  (Followed by Theatre Exchange)
Friday Jan 17 8 p.m.  
Saturday Jan 18 8 p.m.  
Thursday Jan 23 7:30 p.m.  
Friday Jan 24 8 p.m.  
Saturday Jan 25 8 p.m.  
Sunday Jan 26 2 p.m.  Matinee
Thursday Jan 30 7:30 p.m.  
Friday Jan 31 8 p.m.  
Saturday Feb 1 8 p.m.  

February 23, 2020
Deonna Marie & Calvin Arsenia

In honor of National Black History Month, Calvin Arsenia and Deonna Marie join forces to present Songs of Freedom - a selection of songs, current and traditional, spanning the last 200 years that have provided shelter, courage, and pride in this resilient American population. Calvin and Deonna are nimble vocalists, able to ebb and flow through multiple vocal disciplines including classical, jazz, and pop. This evening, filled with breathtakingly beautiful moments and stories of overcoming, will leave you hopeful and inspired.

The two musicians will perform Sunday, February 23 in Oklahoma City starting at 7 p.m.
at Carpenter Square Theatre located downtown at 800 W. Main.

Tickets can be purchased at

Calvin Arsenia
Voted Kansas City’s Best Musician 2018 and 2019 (PitchKC), and featured on Billboard,,, NEWNOWNEXT, and
Calvin Arsenia has built a reputation for turning the arts world on its head. Arsenia’s angelic, classically-trained voice soars over audiences, enchanting even the fussiest of fans, beckoning them to join him as he flirts between genres.
“Jeff Buckley meets Nina Simone with this soul of Sam Cooke, and the sparkle of Bjork.” “Part Sade, part Stevie wonder, and part that diva from The Fifth Element” But the music is just one part of his prodigious performances, for Calvin believes the art is in crafting the perfect moment. His music is best served live, with sensational performances and high fashion from the visually striking performer who stands at 6’6”. Arsenia’s height, energy, and curated environments fill the often intimate spaces he performs in. Brought into 9 countries through public and private grants in less than a decade, Arsenia builds a scene for his audience and for himself, packed with beauty and lasting delight.


Deonna Marie
Immaculate, sassy, pristine, and hearty, this award-winning classically trained singer and vocal coach has the message of hope and restoration that America desperately needs right now. Raised in an impoverished drug-ridden community in industrial Grand Rapids, Michigan, in and out of foster care homes, Deonna Marie found moments of shelter and solace in houses of worship with her voice ringing loud and strong. Life sometimes has a way of dealing difficult hands - it’s messy and awkward - and this diva is no stranger to hardship. After winning her own battle against substance abuse, Deonna continued her passion by completing multiple degrees in vocal music performance (Oklahoma City University and Italy), curating camps and workshops for inner-city youth across the United States, and sharing her powerful story of overcoming a tumultuous childhood - shining in spite of it all. Deonna sings from a place of experience and deep connection that is rarely seen on stage today. Over the last 30 years, she has raised audiences to their feet around the world and she’s only just begun


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Updated: February 17, 2020


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