Award-Winning Array of Plays!
Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to
announce the 2016-2017 season of shows!
CST brings you the shows you won't see at any other local theater.
CST is located at 800 West Main on the southwest corner of Main & Shartel in Downtown
what everyone's talking about...as we celebrate 33 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.)
September 2-24, 2016
Becky's New Car
a comedy by Steven Dietz
Becky Foster is caught in middle age, middle management and a middling marriage
with no prospects for change on the horizon. Then one night an awkward,
grief-struck millionaire stumbles into the car dealership where she works.
is offered nothing short of a new life, and the audience is offered the chance
to ride shotgun in a way that most plays wouldn’t dare! It’s a thoroughly
original comedy, and a devious and delightful romp down the road not taken.
"... the perfect two-hour escape from the endless political campaign, stock
market collapse, and other daily woes of modern life. You won't see a comedy
this good on television or in the neighborhood multi-plex." —Talkin' Broadway.
“... a smart, comic cruise through the perils of middle-aged longing and
regret." —Variety. “...a laugh-out-loud amusement-park ride where the comedy
spins out of control like a bumper car... witty and droll, with delicious
deadpan humor and U-turn plot twists. But the story has depth. It has, like Yogi
Berra once suggested, a person coming to a fork in the road and taking it."
October 14-November 5, 2016
Sweetest Swing in Baseball
a comedy-drama by Rebecca Gilman
Dana Gilman is an artist who is struggling with life and “losing it” along the
way. Her latest exhibit is a disaster, her boyfriend is leaving, and her
paranoia is out of control. When she lands in a mental hospital, it’s a chance
to rebuild her sanity – until she learns that her insurance will only pay for a
Dana concocts a plan to fool authorities into allowing her to
stay. With the help of some fellow patients who school her in baseball
statistics, she takes on the persona of Darryl Strawberry, a retired athlete
known for having “the sweetest swing in baseball.”
“The Sweetest Swing In Baseball Gets a Home Run.”
“A highly intelligent play… a robustness in Gilman's satirical humour."
"Resonates with ideas about art, identity and being who you want to be." —Sunday
"[deals] with how we define one another, measure success and failure, raise
celebrities up and tear them down... The parallels the playwright draws between
the artist and baseball player are always smart and amusing. You might be
tempted to leave the theater chanting 'Gil-man! Gil-man!'" —Boston Globe.
November 25-December 17, 2016
A Nice Family Christmas
a holiday comedy by Phil Olsen
It’s Christmas Eve at Helen Lundeen’s Minneapolis
apartment, three years after her husband died. An unexpected visit from crazy
Uncle Bob and their outrageous Grandmother starts the evening on its wild
journey. Middle son, Carl, has been charged to write an article for his
newspaper about Christmas with his family or he’s fired. However, he doesn’t
have his family’s consent.
One by one, we learn of each family member’s secrets,
problems, and dysfunctions, and when they learn that Carl is writing an article
with some very personal family information, the fruitcake hits the fan! The
question is, can the magic of Christmas bring them back together?
This holiday comedy is a sequel to
A NICE FAMILY GATHERING that CST produced in Season
a comedy-drama by Stephen Sachs
Based on a true story, the play pits Maude Gutman,
a bawdy, boozy rummage sale collector against Lionel Percy, a snobby
professional art expert from New York.
Maude, who lives alone in a crummy
trailer park, has hopes for a better life. She has no taste for or knowledge of
fine art, yet she purchased a rather ugly painting for $3 at a yard sale as a
joke on a friend. Spurred on by a local art teacher, Maude has hopes the
painting is worth lots of money. She needs it authenticated to rescue her life
from drowning in a sea of Jack Daniels.
Enter Lionel, who is obligated to
appraise the painting. Perusing Maude’s clutter and odd collection of tchotchkes,
he deems Maude more off-the-wall than the painting she wants him to validate as
a genuine masterpiece.
“It’s exhilarating in the extreme when a play
strikes rich on every conceivable level. A wry two-hander that handles highbrow
artistic issues while zinging in plenty of uproarious one-liners. A perfect
marriage of emotion and ideas that is rare indeed.” —Los Angeles Times.
“Wonderfully funny! Entertaining! Terrific!
Definitely the genuine article.” —The Telegraph (London).
“Sachs’ short, clever play is a battle of
wits.” —The New York Times.
17-March 11, 2017
a comedy by Paul Elliott
Like Golden Girls meets Steel Magnolias, the
characters are truly “characters.” When the biggest highlight in your life for
the past 30 years has been your weekly bridge night out with the “girls,” what
do you do when one of your foursome inconveniently dies?
If you’re these three
southern ladies from Birmingham, you do the most daring thing you’ve ever done.
You “borrow” the ashes from the funeral for one last card game, and the wildest,
most exciting night of your lives involves a police raid, a stripper, and a
whole new way of finding the fun of truly living.
A winner of AACT’s NewPlayFest,
this comedy broke box office records in its premiere production.
“Hysterically funny!” – News-Leader.com.
March 31-April 22, 2017
a drama by Matthew Lopez
Winner! 2011 John Gassner New Play Award from the
NY Outer Critics Circle
NOMINEE - 2011 Off Broadway Alliance Award, Best New Play (This show is part of
CST’s Educational Programming for at-risk teens and includes matinee
performances and drama workshops.)
It is April, 1865. The Civil War is over and throughout the south, slaves are
being freed, soldiers are returning home, and in Jewish homes, the annual
celebration of Passover is happening. Into the chaos of war-torn Richmond comes
Caleb, a young Confederate officer who is severely wounded. He finds his
family’s home in ruins and abandoned, save for two former slaves, Simon and
John, who wait in the empty house for the family’s return. As the three men wait
for their city to come back to life, they wrestle with their shared past, the
bitter irony of Jewish slave-owning, and the reality of their new world. The sun
sets on the last night of Passover, and Simon – having adopted the religion of
his masters – prepares a humble Seder to celebrate the freeing of the Hebrew
slaves from Egypt, noting with particular satisfaction the parallels to their
current situation. But the pain of their enslavement will not be soothed by this
tradition, and deep-buried secrets from the past emerge as the play comes to its
“A mesmerizing drama” – Peter Filichia, Newark
“Haunting, striking, and powerful” – Charles
Isherwood, The New York Times.
“Fresh and compelling. Gripping.” – Joe
Dziemianowicz, Daily News.
“...[August] Wilson-like with epic American
issues of race, religion, and responsibility. Someone must succeed Wilson; it
might as well be Lopez.” – Tim Gihring, Minnesota Monthly.
May 12-June 3, 2017
a comedy-drama by Joe DiPietro,
writer of Over the River & Through the Woods
Employed as a docent at a natural history museum,
nice, middle-aged Claire comes under fire when her tour-guide patter deviates
from the strict scientific beliefs of her formidable supervisor and heads down a
path that espouses intelligent design. Claire’s spiritual slant attracts extra
visitors, but soon leads to legal action. Moreover, Claire’s family is
struggling, as she and her husband cope with raising an autistic daughter. The
play becomes a powerful supernova that forms when science, faith, and politics
“Creating Claire soberly considers the missing
link between faith and science... [it] focuses more on Claire’s growing faith
and its effect upon her marriage than upon hotly debating the issues.” –
“Awfully well done...” – The New York Times.
“...engrossing and provocative...” – CurtainUp.
June 23-July 15, 2017
and Sonia and Masha and Spike
a comedy by Christopher Durang
Winner! 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, Outer
Circle Critics Award for Best Play, Drama League Award for Best Production,
and Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play
Middle-aged siblings, Vanya and Sonia, share a home in Bucks County, PA, where
they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives. Suddenly, their
movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.
Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the
family home. Also on the scene are sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the
future, and a lovely young aspiring actress named Nina, whose prettiness worries
the imperious older Masha. This weekend in the country becomes a hilarious good
"…deliriously funny…a heedless good time." —The
New York Times.
"…riotous…the show's a ton of fun even if you
can't tell your Seagull from your Uncle Vanya…This is the kind of full-on comedy
that's sadly rare on Broadway." —NY Post.
"Hugely entertaining…few contemporary
playwrights have proven as deft as Durang at mining both the absurdity and the
dangers of human folly…in its own deliciously madcap way, the new work offers
some keen insights into the challenges and agonies of twenty-first-century
life." —USA Today.
"You've only spent a weekend with these people,
but you might want to spend the rest of your life with Vanya and Sonia and Masha
and Spike."—Huffington Post.
tickets now on sale.
Phone (405) 232-6500 for more information.
February 16, 2017