Our Silver Anniversary
...Anything But Square
Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to
announce the 2008-2009 season of shows!
CST brings you the shows you won't see at any other local theater.
what everyone's talking about...as we celebrate 25 years of quality alternative
theatre in Oklahoma City.
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(Due to the nature of performing
arts events, all titles subject to change.)
September 5-27, 2008
Come Back To The 5 & Dime, Jimmy
Dean, Jimmy Dean
a comedy-drama by Ed
With a nod to CST’s first 25 years (we produced Jimmy Dean in 1985 & 1988), we
meet "The Disciples of James Dean" fan club as they gather for their 20th
reunion on a hot September day in 1975 inside a ramshackle West Texas dime store
not far from where Dean filmed GIANT.
The center of
the colorful collection of characters is Mona, who was once an extra on the film
and has a son whom she says was fathered by her film idol. When a stranger
arrives who seems strangely familiar, it sets off a series of confrontations.
With flashbacks to their teen years in 1955, the plot becomes a richly textured
mixture of obsessions, confessions and surprises.
home spun humor [and] surefire comic gems."
- NY Post
Doubt, A Parable
a drama by
John Patrick Shanley
Winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for drama, rated "#1 Play of 2004" by Time,
Newsday, and Entertainment Weekly, and named "One of the year’s ten best" by the
New York Times, Doubt is set in 1964 at a Catholic grammar school. Sister
Aloysius is having doubts about the moral character of Father Flynn, a popular
priest in the parish who coaches boy’s basketball and befriends its troubled
students. What follows is an explosive cat and mouse game between the two, but
don’t expect a pat resolution, because, after all, the title is
For mature audiences only.
"Doubt is a lean, potent drama…passionate, exquisite, important and
– NY Newsday
November 28 - December
A Nice Family Gathering
a comedy by
It’s Thanksgiving Day and the first family gathering at the Lundeen household
since Mr. Lundeen passed away. On this special occasion, Dad comes back as a
ghost on a mission: To tell his wife he loved her. It’s something he neglected
to tell her while he was alive. After all, they were only married 41 years! The
problem is, she can’t hear or see him, but the real trouble begins when Mom
invites a date for dinner.
"Garrison Keillor meets "Topper" by way of "Fargo"!"
January 9-31, 2009
comedy-drama by Lyle Kessler
orphaned at a young age, live together in a shabby house in North Philly.
Phillip is a wild-child innocent who stays indoors endlessly watching TV. His
older brother Treat is a streetwise punk who supports the two of them by petty
thievery. One night Treat brings home a drunken rich guy, hoping to roll him or
hold him for ransom. Rich guy Harold is a con artist on the lam. After escaping
Treat’s bonds, Harold sets up their home as a base of operations, and in a
strange, hilarious and moving way, becomes the father figure the two "Dead End
Kids" have always yearned for.
For mature audiences.
"The play skillfully walks a
tightrope between a
comedy of menace and a plaintive study of abandonment."
– NY Times
February 13 - March
romantic comedy by John Cariani
On a cold,
clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not what it seems in the
remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the sky
above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in
unexpected and often hilarious ways. As nine tales of love play out, knees are
bruised and hearts are broken, but the wounds heal. It’s a delightful midwinter
"…a whimsical approach to the
joys and perils of romance.
Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts."
– NY Times
– April 11, 2009
The Left Hand Singing
a drama by Barbara Lebow
A new play
from the writer of A SHAYNA MAIDEL (presented in CST’s eighth season), it
focuses on the disappearance of three college students who head to Mississippi
to register black voters during the summer of 1964, a time known as Freedom
Summer. We see the students in flashbacks in the dorm room – one a black
student, one an idealistic Jewish student, and the third a liberal Protestant
boy – as they play and plan their trip south. Their story alternates with that
of their parents, whom we see right after their children’s disappearance, then
days later and many years later. The parents seem inescapably linked by their
shared loss, but we see their relationships tested as the ideals of the 1960s
give way to the cynicism of subsequent decades.
two interlinked stories from 1964’s momentous
Freedom Summer and tells both with affecting grace."
15 - June 6, 2009
The Clean House
a comedy by
and funny play is imbued with a comforting philosophy that the messes and
disappointments of life are as much a part of its beauty as romantic love and
chocolate ice cream! It’s set in "metaphysical Connecticut" or, more
specifically, the home of Lane and Charles, a married couple who are both
doctors. Their new housekeeper, Matilde, is an aspiring comedian from Brazil
more interested in coming up with the perfect joke than in house-cleaning. No
matter. Lane’s eccentric sister is nuts about house work, so she secretly scrubs
while Matilde works on her jokes. Trouble comes when Lane’s husband Charles
reveals that he has found his soul mate in one of his patients.
work from a young playwright with an original and audacious voice."
– July 18, 2009
a comedy by
Douglas Carter Beane
and Off-Broadway hit of 2006 follows the adventures of Mitchell Green, a
handsome young movie actor who is on the verge of major stardom. Although he is
always photographed on the arms of beautiful women, he has a little secret that
threatens his career as a Hollywood leading man. His agent can’t seem to keep
him in the closet due to his "slight recurring case of homosexuality." And as if
that’s not enough, he falls in love with his most recent "rent boy" and wants to
announce it to the world. Helping him navigate Hollywood’s choppy waters, his
shark of an agent Diane does everything she can to keep him away from the rent
boy and the rent boy’s girlfriend (wait, the rent boy has a girlfriend?), but
it’s not smooth sailing. Can Diane maneuver a happy ending before the final
For mature audiences only.
"Devastatingly funny, with dizzy, irresistible writing that brings down the
– NY Times.
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November 04, 2010