Bold Adventurous Theatre
...Anything But Square
Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to
announce the 2011-2012 season of shows!
CST brings you the shows you won't see at any other local theater.
Join us in our new venue -
located at 800 West Main on the southwest corner of Main & Shartel in Downtown
what everyone's talking about...as we celebrate 28 years of quality alternative
theatre in Oklahoma City.
For more information, please call (405) 232-6500.
(Due to the nature of performing
arts events, all titles subject to change.)
8 - 24, 2011
a comedy-drama by Tracy Letts,
Pulitzer Prize-winning author of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
The newest play
from Oklahoma's Tracy Letts is set in a run-down donut shop in the heart of one
of Chicago's most diverse communities where Arthur Przybyszewski runs the shop
that has been in his family for sixty years. Arthur is content to spend the day
smoking weed and reminiscing about his Polish immigrant father.
The outside world comes crashing
through the shop's front door in the character of Franco Wicks, a 21-year-old
African-American who applies for a part-time job. His arrival shakes things up
immediately. Franco has both an unpublished novel and an unpaid gambling debt.
SUPERIOR DONUTS explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive
power of friendship.
"...a witty, seductive, live-wire and greatly entertaining dark comedy
that you just don't want to end and you just don't want to miss."
- Chicago Tribune
"…a soulful play, full of humor and humanity…drawn with deep affection."
"…a funny and moving evening of theater…as fresh and tasty as a
doughnut right out of the oven."
a thriller by
In an isolated house at the edge of a cornfield, in the mountains of Virginia,
something almost beyond belief is happening to the Cleary family. When Bridget
Cleary goes missing, her husband Michael and son, Jeremy, scramble to help
Sheriff Richard Egan find her. Then, as suddenly as she vanished, Bridget
reappears, talking about strange visitations and otherworldly beings. Is she
lying? Or are supernatural forces at work?
Dark Matters is a suspense thriller
about the secrets that hold families together and the terrible truths we
sometimes choose to ignore in the people we love.
"…science fiction is virtually off the menu of contemporary playwriting.
So give Mr. Aguirre-Sacasa credit for trying to stretch the boundaries
of contemporary theater with a little pop-culture fun."
both The Twilight Zone and The X-Files will find lots to like in DARK MATTERS…
Aguirre-Sacasa keeps one's head spinning with all of his story's delicious and
thriller, smartly constructed and written…"
November 24 - December
The Fox on the Fairway
a comedy by Ken Ludwig,
author of LEADING LADIES, LEND ME A TENOR, and MOON OVER BUFFALO
THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY takes audiences on a hilarious romp which pulls the rug
out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with
mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's
a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly
madcap adventure about love, life, and man's eternal love affair with… golf.
"A grand slam…a joy to behold!"− Washington City Paper. "Farce raised to an
– The Home-News Tribune
"A belly laugh marathon! An amazingly ingenious satirical farce."
January 13 -
February 4, 2012
drama by Keith Huff
A duologue filled with sharp storytelling and biting repartee, A STEADY RAIN
explores the complexities of a lifelong bond tainted by domestic affairs,
violence, and the rough streets of Chicago. Joey and Denny have been best
friends since kindergarten, and after working together for several years as
policemen in Chicago, they are practically family: Joey helps out with Denny's
wife and kids; Denny keeps Joey away from the bottle. But when a domestic
disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the
line. The result is a harrowing journey into a moral gray area where trust and
loyalty struggle for survival against a sobering backdrop of pimps, prostitutes,
and criminal lowlifes.
"Keith Huff's A Steady Rain
offers one of the most powerful theatrical experiences in many seasons."
–David Sheward, Back Stage
"A gritty, rich, thick,
poetic and entirely gripping noir tale of two Chicago police officers
whose inner need to serve and protect both consumes them and rips them apart."
—Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
"A Steady Rain turns out to
be less like the perpetual drizzle of its title and more like a snowball
that builds to an avalanche ...A Steady Rain [has] genuine dramatic power and a
sense of true tragedy."
—Steven Oxman, Variety
"Huff's vivid, intricately
layered script... lifts [the play] far above the usual clichés,
both detaching us from the melodrama and imbuing it with the force of tragedy."
—Richard Zoglin, Time
February 24 - March
With Extraordinary Skills
comedy-drama by Saviana Stanescu
Based on true stories of
immigration, the subject is explored and fictionalized by a playwright who tries
to understand her own story. The moral of the "fable" might be that - regardless
of our passport and native language - we are all "aliens" in search for love,
understanding and a place to call "home".
A clown from the "unhappiest country in the world", Moldova, pins her hopes on a
US work visa. Chased by Homeland Security, a deportation letter deflates Nadia's
enthusiasm and a pair of spike heels might be all it takes to burst her American
Dream (or turn it into a nightmare). New York City, with its special energy,
seems like the perfect solution for her problems, but is it really? Luckily,
Nadia is not alone in her journey: A Russian illegal immigrant, Borat, her
fellow clown, tries to find his own path in the Big Apple. Lupita, her Latina
roommate, an exotic dancer and wanna-be actress, shows Nadia the tough side of
the city. Meanwhile, Bob, an American washed-up musician finds himself in a
relationship with the Moldovan girl.
"…an enchanting piece of
theater…Ms. Stanescu's dialogue is flawlessly observant."
-The New York Times
"Saviana Stanescu introduces us to two remarkable, resilient young women;
it's gratifying to find a smart and intriguing play like this one, not only
created by females but also focused on a pair of memorable heroines …Stanescu
takes the audience into territory that will be uncharted for most of them: the
immigrant experience is presented here with candor and without a shred of
- Martin Denton, www.nytheatre.com
"Aliens with Extraordinary Skills may feel just like a lark—there's
a set of adorable strugglers and just the right thread of romance."
April 1-23, 2012
a comedy-drama by Melanie Marnich
Based on the true story of the women who worked for The Radium Dial Company in
the 1920s and '30s, this chronicles the strength and determination of women
considered expendable in their day, exploring their true story and its continued
resonance. Catherine and her friends are dying, it's true; but theirs is a story
of survival in its most transcendent sense, as they refuse to allow the company
that stole their health to kill their spirits—or endanger the lives of those who
come after them.
"[Marnich] has an ear for warm, natural dialogue that eschews snarky quips
…the play's linguistic honesty satisfies."
—Time Out New York
"…has a humanistic glow…clockwork precision…an initially comic and ultimately
tragic look at how
individual women find employment within a system more concerned with profit than
"Perfect, touching and wistful…beautifully tragic."
18 - June 9, 2012
a comedy by Lisa Loomer
wrong with nine-year-old Jesse? He can't sit still, he curses, he raps, and you
can't get him into—or out of—pajamas. His teacher thinks it's Attention Deficit
Disorder. Dad says, "He's just a boy!" And Mama's on a quest for answers. Is
Jesse dysfunctional, or just different? Don't we all have ADD, to some degree?
She consults a psychologist, a homeopath, a neuropsychologist, and an
environmental physician. She talks to neighbors, whose kids have their own
diagnoses. A psychiatrist prescribes Ritalin for Jesse, but surely a pill can't
solve all of his problems. Throughout, Jesse is an offstage voice, becoming
louder and angrier, but he is in danger of fading away. And his parents'
marriage is in peril. Everyone is distracted, even the actors—they're breaking
character! A hilarious, provocative, and poignant look at a modern family and an
epidemic dilemma: Are we so tuned into our 24/7 info-rich world that we've tuned
out what really matters?
"A smartly comic, sharply
observant and surprisingly humane play."
"A chronically entertaining
—New York Daily News
"Five stars. My favorite
comedy of the year!"
—Time Out NY
June 29 - July 21, 2012
a comedy by Deborah Zoë
Sixteen year old Rachel Stein is having a bad year. Her father hasn't changed
out of his pajamas since 9/11. Her mother has begun a close, personal
relationship with Jesus. Her new neighbor, a sixteen-year-old Elvis
impersonator, has fallen for her hard. And the Apocalypse is coming Wednesday.
Her only hope is that Stephen Hawking will save them all. End Days received the
2008 American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg citation.
poignantly redemptive and often hilariously funny. It begs the
question of what we would hold most sacred if we knew the end was near.
– The Huffington Post
universality of the denouement brings this comedy full circle, leaving us to
admire the relevancy of Laufer's humor and wisdom of her message."
"…rapturously funny play about a family trying to survive in a world hurtling
proves that the right playwright can inspire healing laughter in even the most
– The Miami Herald
smartest, most hysterical, laugh-out-loud show you'll see in the theater…A
witty, funny and relevant play."
- Martha's Vineyard Plum
tickets now on sale. Phone (405) 232-6500 for more information.
June 26, 2012