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33rd Season
An 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 Oklahoma City.

Discover 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.

Ticket Information

(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.

Becky 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." —Everett Herald.
 

 


October 14-November 5, 2016 
The 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 ten-day stay.

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.” —www.talkinbroadway.com.

“A highly intelligent play… a robustness in Gilman's satirical humour." —Independent.

"Resonates with ideas about art, identity and being who you want to be." —Sunday Express.

"[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 25.

 


January 6-28, 2017
Bakersfield Mist
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.

 


February 17-March 11, 2017
Exit Laughing
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 
The Whipping Man
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 shocking climax.

“A mesmerizing drama” – Peter Filichia, Newark Star-Ledger.

“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
Creating Claire
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 collide.

“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.” – Variety.

“Awfully well done...” – The New York Times.

“...engrossing and provocative...” – CurtainUp.
 

 


June 23-July 15, 2017 
Vanya 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 time!

"…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.

 



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Updated: February 16, 2017


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