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23rd Season 
Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to announce the 2006-2007 season of shows! CST brings you the shows you won't see at any other local theater...with SIX Oklahoma premieres this season.

It's a season of Familes - some wacky, some secretive, some dysfunctional, and all fodder for the gossip mill.

Join us and discover what everyone's talking about...as we celebrate 23 years of quality alternative theatre in Oklahoma City.

(Due to the nature of performing arts events, all titles subject to change.)

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The GraduateSeptember 1-23, 2006
The Graduate
comedy adapted by Terry Johnson
based on the novel by Charles Webb and the screenplay by Calder Willingham and Buck Henry
Oklahoma premiere

Benjamin’s got excellent grades, very proud parents and since he helped Mrs. Robinson with her zipper, a fine future behind him. To add to the confusion, he is falling in love with Mrs. Robinson’s daughter. A cult novel, a quintessential coming-of-age film of the Sixties, now the graduate’s disastrous sexual odyssey is brought vividly to life on stage.

“Witty….an evening of enjoyable emotional voyeurism.” – London Times.
“Fun to watch….Definitely gives off starlight.” - New York Times


BugOctober 13-November 4, 2006
Bug
a thriller by Tracy Letts
Oklahoma premiere

Theatre routinely elicits tears, gasps, and laughter, but have you ever been to a play that made you itch? Written by a native of southeastern Oklahoma, this 2004 winner of Off-Broadway's Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Drama is set right here in Oklahoma City in a run-down motel. A down-on-her-luck waitress is hiding out from her violent ex-husband. She's sworn off men, but finds it hard to resist a military veteran that her best friend brings over to visit. As their romance ignites, the motel room becomes an armed camp against perceived microbes and menacing conspirators. BUG is a riveting thriller of paranoia that incorporates riotous black comedy. We're itching to tell you more, but then we'd have to kill you....

Rated PG-13 due to strong language and scenes of drug use.
 

November 24 - December 16, 2006
The Last Night of Ballyhoo
comedy-drama by Alfred Uhry

Winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the Outer Critics Circle and Drama League Awards, this romantic comedy is set at Christmastime in 1939 in the home of a prominent Jewish family in Atlanta. Between the opening strains of Christmas carols and the closing prayer of Shabot Shalom, we see a family pulled apart and mended back together. Outside, GONE WITH THE WIND is having its world premiere, Hitler is invading Poland, but the biggest worry in the Freitag family is who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the year for Southern Jewish families. It’s a story full of comedy, romance and family eccentrics befitting the holiday season. From the pen of the Pulitzer prize-winning author of Driving Miss Daisy.
 

January 12-February 3, 2007
Glimmer, Glimmer, & Shine
comedy-drama by Warren Leight
Oklahoma premiere

In the 1950s, twin brothers, Martin and Daniel Glimmer, along with Eddie Shine, formed the “Glow-in-the-Dark” trumpet section of Glimmer, Glimmer & Shine. On the brink of success, Daniel abruptly quit the music business and cut off all contact with his brother. Thirty-five years later, Daniel’s daughter meets Eddie’s son at a wedding and they begin a romance. Along the way, she is stunned to discover that she has a father who was a jazz musician and an uncle she never knew existed. The aftershocks of choices made and secrets kept buried reverberate not just for Martin and Danny, but for the next generation.

“It’s a marvelous, bitter, funny, hip play…” – New York Post


February 16- March 10, 2007
St. Scarlet
comedy by Julia Jordan
Oklahoma Premiere

With their mother recently deceased and her body unable to be removed from the house because of a Minnesota blizzard, three siblings are at war. When a strange man from New York bursts in and declares that he and the older daughter are in love, she claims she has never laid eyes on him. To add to the conflict, the younger sister falls for the stranger. After he refuses to leave without the older sister, the brother only adds to the conflict, and secrets start emerging. Fast-paced fun!
 

March 23 – April 14, 2007
Picnic
comedy-drama by William Inge

This winner of the 1953 Pulitzer Prize is an American classic set in a small Kansas town. A hunky drifter comes to town and is a catalyst for change in the seemingly humdrum lives of the ladies in a neighborhood boarding house, which include a spinster school teacher, a single mother and her two teen-aged daughters.

(A daytime student matinee is scheduled for Thursday, March 29.)


May 11-June 2, 2007
Kimberly Akimbo
a comedy by David Lindsey-Abaire
Oklahoma premiere

Getting through high school is tough – especially if you look more like the lunch ladies than your classmates! That’s the plight of 16-year-old Kimberly who has progeria, a disease that ages her at over four times the normal rate. However, the true test of our teen heroine is her off-kilter family comprised of her sad sack hypochondriac of a mother, her beer guzzling father and her con artist aunt. Kimberly’s harbor from the family storm is her classmate Jeffrey, an anagram geek. The writing is full of humor, poignancy and the idea of making each moment in life count. Dubbed “The Comedy of the Year” by The New York Times in 2003 and winner of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award.


Sordid LivesJune 15 – July 7, 2007
Sordid Lives
comedy by Del Shores
Oklahoma premiere

Winner of 14 DramaLogue awards, including Best Production, during its long Los Angeles run and now a cult film starring Beau Bridges, Olivia Newton-John and Delta Burke. When Peggy, a good ol’ Texas gal, hits her head on the sink and bleeds to death after tripping over her lover’s wooden legs in a motel room, chaos erupts in Winters, Texas. Among the “Sordid Lives” of Mama’s remaining family is Brother Boy who has spent the last 23 years dressed as Tammy Wynette, but we won’t mention the nymphomaniac who’s nothin’ but Texas trash…Well, gosh darn it, we just did, didn’t we?

“By the master of Texas comedy, his colorful eccentrics are dead on,
teetering on a Bowie’s knife edge between the hilariously
improbable and the achingly real.” – L.A. Times


Rated PG due to strong language and subject matter.



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Updated: February 08, 2011


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