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
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.
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
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 email@example.com.