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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.

Carpenter Square Theatre is an Allied Arts member agency
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The remainder of the 2019-2020 season has been cancelled.
See the CST Patron Update for more details on next season.

 


May 22 and 23, 2020 - 7 p.m.
CST LiveOnline! presents:
THE MALTESE FALCON

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While Carpenter Square Theatre has had to cancel the remainder of its 36th Season, and does not plan to reopen until late fall, it is still in the business of entertaining and enriching the community.

The theater will present the first edition of "CST LiveOnline!" airing THE MALTESE FALCON at 7 p.m. May 22 and 23. Itís an online live-streaming radio show adapted for broadcast in 1946 from the 1941 film that starred Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet. Those stars wonít be in the studio, but CST has a wonderful cast comprised of Ben Hall, Crystal Barby, Terry Veal, and Rob May, with C.W. Bardsher creating live sound effects.

The company will broadcast the 30-minute show live from the studio of RK-1 Productions near Scissortail Park in beautiful downtown Oklahoma City. Watch for THE MALTESE FALCON on Facebook and YouTube. Viewing is free, but the theater appreciates donations. Also, look for the "tip jar" for RK-1 Productions who are providing their services gratis.

In this noir mystery, murder, and mayhem accompany the search for a statuette of a falcon, once a gold-encrusted and bejeweled tribute to Charles V of Spain. Centuries ago, pirates seized the treasure, and now some very desperate people will stop at nothing to possess it. Black enamel hides its splendor, but once that is removed, it is worth millions. The story follows Sam Spade, a San Francisco private detective and his dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers, all of whom are competing to obtain the jewel-encrusted statuette. Spade must fight off the nefarious characters, while starting to fall for "a slick dame" who first hired him. By the story's end, many folks are in the morgue or on their way to jail, and the quest for "the black figure of a bird" continues.

The mystery of THE MALTESE FALCON was originally a book by Dashiell Hammett published in 1930. Hammett once worked as a private detective for the Pinkerton Detective Agency in San Francisco, and he used his birth name "Samuel" for the story's protagonist. He wrote of the book's main character in 1934: "Spade has no original. He is a dream man in the sense that he is what most of the private detectives I worked with would like to have been, and, in their cockier moments, thought they approached." Other characters in "The Maltese Falcon" were based on people whom he met or worked with during that time.

The story was made into a couple of movies under different titles in the 1930s, and then in 1941, "The Maltese Falcon" became John Huston's directorial debut and his first collaboration with Humphrey Bogart. That same year, it was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Production of the Year. The film also had a Best Adapted Screenplay nomination for Huston, and a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Greenstreet. CBS later created a 30-minute adaptation for The Screen Guild Theater radio broadcast in 1943, with four of the stars reprising their film roles, and it was rebroadcast in 1946. (This is the script that CST is presenting.) In 1989, "The Maltese Falcon" was one of the first 25 films selected by the Library of Congress to be included in the National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." Rotten Tomatoes, a film review website, gives it a "100%" rating.

"CST LiveOnline!" will air monthly while the theater itself is closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch for it on the third weekend of the month throughout the summer and fall.

Carpenter Square Theatre 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.

For more information, email csttix@coxinet.net or call 405-232-6500.
 


 
 
 
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Updated: May 21, 2020


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