Award-Winning Array of Plays!
Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to
announce the 2015-2016 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 32 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.)
Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead
by Bert V. Royal
Good grief! After a childhood that
lasted well over 50 years, the Peanuts kids break into their teens with a
hedonistic vengeance! C.B. and his friends are coming of age and coming out as
they experiment with just about everything. This unauthorized parody is by turns
funny, touching, raunchy, and irreverent as they try to navigate in an all too
scary grown-up world.
"Inventive and raunchy…[at times] hysterically
funny." —NY Post.
"The characters—teenage and reckless—are both
genuinely sympathetic and unquestionably cruel. Growing more hysterical—and more
harrowing—as it flows to an inevitable, uncomfortable end, this taut comedy
manages to make tired clichés about stoners and popular homecoming airheads
funny and endearing." —NY Magazine.
(SEPTEMBER 4, 5, 11,
12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 2015)
October 16 - November
by Joe DiPietro, author of Over the River and Through the Woods
Winner! 2000 Edgar Award for
Best Mystery Play
In a remote estate in the countryside of Connecticut, Jack Brooks, one of the
most accomplished and eccentric painters of his generation, awaits the imminent
arrival of his art dealer. But the visit is not a standard one, for Jack feels
wronged, and he is intending to kill the man. As Jack lays out his intentions
for the evening, his wife, Annie, calmly paints. She is reluctant to go along
with the plan, until Jack's threat of violence convinces her otherwise. Harried
and annoyed, Vincent, Jack's flamboyant art dealer, arrives. Will Jack carry out
his plan? Will Annie help him? Or is something else going on?
"A scintillating hit with
thrills and chills and some wonderful humor…It will have you laughing and
guessing who is to be murdered and who is the murderer." —Suburban News. “...
takes the audience on a funhouse roller-coaster ride." —Press-Journal. "It is
hilarious, suspenseful, surprising and dazzling in every way." —Equinox News.
(OCTOBER 16, 17, 23,
24, 29, 30, 31, NOV 1, 5, 6, 7, 2015)
November 27 - December 19, 2015
holiday comedy by Tom Dudzik
Andy has a sweet Catholic mother, a sour
Catholic father and an intellectually disabled younger brother named Mickey.
When he brings his Jewish atheist fiancée to meet the folks on Christmas Eve,
his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. But when Mickey, whose
entire vocabulary has been limited to "oh boy" and "wow," suddenly spouts the
word "Greetings!" and the entire family's belief system is turned upside down.
For it seems, an ancient, wise, and witty spirit who is set upon healing the
family's wounds has borrowed Mickey's body!
"Hilarious." - The New
Yorker. "A comic jewel...Stunning and touching...A joyful holiday lift." - The
New York Newsday. "A loving holiday wonder...Deserves a shelf life long after
Christmas." - The New York Post. "Glows with...warmhearted emotion." - The
(NOVEMBER 27, 28,
DECEMBER 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 2015)
January 8 - 30, 2016
drama by Michael Perlman
In an emotional Academy Awards acceptance speech,
Dennis Sullivan publicly denounces Ethan Rice, the high school bully Dennis
believes pushed his gay best friend Mitchell to suicide, and who, fifteen years
later, inspired the screenplay that garnered the Oscar. As the speech rapidly
escalates from internationally-televised to viral, a now more mature Ethan must
confront what he did as a teenager. As the two men are thrust into the court of
public opinion, their closest relationships begin to unravel. When old actions
have unforgivable consequences, how can the world be expected to move forward,
and does anyone ever outgrow who they were in high school?
“This briskly moving play…bristles with
suspense. The emotions coursing through these men are gripping, as are the more
complex sociopolitical issues FROM WHITE PLAINS courts.” —The New York Times.
“As thoughtful as it is passionate…FROM WHITE PLAINS poses tough questions about
responsibility, maturity, and forgiveness that you’ll likely be pondering long
after it’s over.”—Backstage. “A poignant and balanced look at the psychic
bruises of teenage cruelty…[FROM WHITE PLAINS] makes powerful points about the
persistence of damage.” —Time Out (New York).
(JANUARY 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24, 28,
29, 30, 2016)
19 - March 12, 2016
After years of traveling abroad, Avery Sutton
is happy to return to the comfort of his home in Connecticut. Unfortunately,
almost nothing is as he remembered it. The entire house is tilted at a distinct
angle, the dog hasn't been fed in five years, and Avery's Grandmother, who
everyone thought was dead, is still alive and kicking. Forced to either accept
the oddities of his family, or leave them behind, 37 Postcards suggests that you
can, in fact, go home again... You just never know what you're going to find!
illuminates not only insightful wit, but a disarming poignancy that, while
poking fun at this dysfunctional family, also reveals a well-thought-out and
emotional resonance."- George Capewell, Backstage. "Moving and real." - Alvin
Klein, New York Times. "If you want some laughs mixed with warmth, love and
familial devotion, do not miss this play." - Buddy Clarke, Entertainment News
(FEBRUARY 19, 20, 26, 27, MARCH 3, 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, 12, 2016)
April 1-23, 2016
(Project MainStage, CST’s
educational outreach program)
Winner! 2011 Pulitzer Prize │2011 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play │2012
Tony Award for Best Play
CLYBOURNE PARK explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One
takes place in 1959, as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale
of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present
day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its
ground in the face of gentrification.
(Clybourn Park is a spin-off from Lorraine Hansberry's American classic play A
Raisin in the Sun (1959). It portrays fictional events set before and after the
"Vital, sharp-witted and ferociously smart." —NY Times. "A theatrical
treasure…Indisputably, uproariously funny." —Entertainment Weekly. "A savagely
funny and insightful time bomb." —Hollywood Reporter. "Funny as hell…The theater
shakes with gales of laughter." —NY Post.
(APRIL 1, 2, 8, 9, 14,
15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 2016)
May 13 - June 4, 2016
comedy-drama by Amy Herzog
Finalist! 2013 Pulitzer Prize for
Drama│Winner! 2012 Obie Award, Best New Play │
Winner! 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award│Winner! Time Magazine's
#1 Play of 2012
After suffering a major loss while he was on a cross-country bike trip,
21-year-old Leo seeks solace from his feisty 91-year-old grandmother Vera in her
West Village apartment. Over the course of a single month, these unlikely
roommates infuriate, bewilder, and ultimately reach each other. 4000 MILES looks
is about how two outsiders find their way in today's world.
"A funny, moving, altogether wonderful drama. . . A heartening reminder that a
keen focus on life's small moments can pay off in a big way onstage." - The New
York Times. "...humor, honesty and narrative subtlety make this a rarity: a
family play that avoids sentimentality or sitcom shtick" - Time Magazine. "...a
warm-hearted new play... filled with small, revelatory and often humorous
moments between a grandmother and her grandson." - Associated Press.
"4000 Miles is the sort of rich, satisfying play you should take your
grandmother to — especially if she's as smart and fierce as Vera." - Time Out
(MAY 13, 14, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 29, JUNE 2, 3,
June 24 - July 16, 2016
The Agony & the Agony
a comedy by
One evening, secrets are revealed, dreams are realized, and hopes are dashed.
Richard Aglow is a failure. A once-promising playwright, he finds himself a
virtual shut-in with only rejection letters to amuse himself. Until today. He's
started writing again! And as luck would have it, inspiration has hit on the
very day his wife, Lela, an aspiring actress who married Richard despite his
homosexuality, has met one of New York's leading producers. This is Richard's
chance, a golden opportunity to get back in the game. Of course, he'll have to
overlook the fact that the producer is the man who wrote that last rejection,
the one that broke Richard's spirit. The arrival of Lela's lover, his pregnant
girlfriend and the ghost of one of the twentieth century's most notorious
killers complicate matters further.
"THE AGONY & THE AGONY is proof, once and for all, that hard work, grit and
determination almost compensate for a total lack of talent." —Jill Silver (the
tickets now on sale.
Phone (405) 232-6500 for more information.
June 02, 2016