Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to
announce the 2019-2020
season of shows...
what everyone's talking about...as we celebrate 36 years of quality theatre in Oklahoma City.
For more information, please call (405) 232-6500.
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THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA MCBRIDE
a comedy by Matthew Lopez
He’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found
out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey
is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida
bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey
finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business - and himself - as he
becomes a drag entertainer!
By the same writer as The Whipping Man, which
audiences loved at CST in Season 33.
“Stitch-in-your-side funny…full of sass and good spirits.” —NY Times.
“Lopez demonstrates a…stellar gift for amusing
dialogue and farcical humor…highly entertaining.” —Hollywood Reporter.
“Chasing buzzy themes of identity and
transformation, Georgia McBride is by turns sweet and salty and deceptively
deep…confirms [Lopez’s] status as a writer worth hearing from.” —NY Daily News.
“…a delightful, genderbending farce…a funny and
often glorious tribute to the art of drag…Lopez delivers a strong message on
tolerance for the entire spectrum of human sexuality, while creating a barrelful
of fun in the process.” —Variety.
October 18-November 9, 2019
HOLMES AND WATSON
a mystery by
Sherlock Holmes is dead. Or so it is assumed. The world knows the great
detective went over the falls at Reichenbach with his nemesis Professor
Moriarty. But as Holmes’ body was never retrieved, a number of frauds, fakes,
and charlatans have come forward to lay claim to his identity, and it falls to
Dr. Watson to disprove them. Then a telegram arrives informing Watson that three
men, each claiming to be Holmes, have been committed to a remote asylum off the
coast of Scotland. Now Watson must discover if one of the mad men is the real
“…the most elaborate and
riveting game of What’s My Line ever…The Jeffrey Hatcher play…is tight and
clever and full of suspense —
and has enough red herrings to feed a family of 40.” —Arizona Daily Star.
“[HOLMES AND WATSON] is a truly smashing play
full of twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat…Hatcher has
crafted an intelligent mystery thriller…” —TalkinBroadway.com.
“Wildly enthralling and masterfully
penned…Hatcher well knows his way around riddles and is a crafty manipulator of
appearances…An amazing must-see cliffhanger.” —BroadwayWorld.com.
November 29-December 21, 2019
THE SANTALAND DIARIES
a comedy by David Sedaris,
adapted by Joe Mantello
The Santaland Diaries is a brilliant evocation of
what a slacker's Christmas must feel like! Out of work, our slacker decides to
become a Macy's elf during the holiday crunch. At first the job is simply
humiliating, but once the thousands of visitors start pouring through Santa's
workshop, he becomes battle-weary and bitter. Finding consolation in the fact
that some of the other elves were television extras on One Life to Live, he
grins and bears it, occasionally taking out his frustrations on the children and
parents alike. The piece ends with yet another Santa being ushered into the
workshop, but this one is different from the lecherous or drunken ones with whom
he has had to work. This Santa actually seems to care about and love the
children who come to see him, startling our hero into an uncharacteristic moment
of goodwill, just before his employment runs out.
"A delightfully thorny account of working as a Yuletide elf at Macy's. Priceless
observations, both outrageous and subtle. Destined to hold a place in the annals
of American humor writing." —NY Times.
"A sardonic, merrily subversive tale—just the
antidote to bright-eyed joy before too many shopping days have passed. Worth
more than a photo album full of Santas!" —NY Newsday.
"A satirical brazenness that holds up next to
Twain and Nathanael West." —The New Yorker.
10-February 1, 2020
MYSTERY OF LOVE AND SEX
a romantic comedy by
Deep in the American South, Charlotte and Jonny
have been best friends since they were nine. She’s Jewish, he’s Christian; he’s
black, she’s white. Their differences intensify their connection, until sexual
desire complicates everything in surprising, compulsive ways. An unexpected love
story about where souls meet and the consequences of growing up.
"Perfectly wonderful! Among the season's finest plays. It is tender, funny,
packed with humanity and brimming with surprising revelations. Bathsheba Doran
has written a play with such compassion and wry wisdom that I emerged from the
theater into yet another frigid day feeling warmed from within." - The New York
"Wise and exquisitely crafted." - Time Out New
"The best new play of this young year." -
"This really is a hopeful and atypically
intimate kind of play - ideal for different generations of a family, whether or
not that's a group defined by birth." - The Chicago Tribune
21-March 14, 2020
drama by Scott Z. Burns
(Part of CST's educational
outreach to at-risk
high school students)
After Caitlin Gabriel survives a deadly
shooting at her high school, she struggles to tell her story to her parents, the
authorities, and anyone who will listen. But there are other narratives that
gain purchase in the media and paint her in a different light. Renowned
Hollywood screenwriter Scott Z. Burns returns to the stage with this bold and
chilling play that asks us to examine our relationship to the truth and the lies
that claim to heal us.
"We're scared, we're dazzled, we're hooked....The Library doesn't make the
mistake of trying to find clear motivations for [the] crime. Instead, it
considers how such events [affect] those who survive them." —NY Times.
"The show isn't concerned with the tragedy
itself but with the stories people tell afterward, from he said/she said
testimonies to the search for perfect victims…Some may complain that The Library
is too emotionally detached, but that's actually a strength: It's rare to see a
show take a step back so the audience can think." —NY Post.
April 3-25, 2020
A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON
THE WAY TO THE GYNOCOLOGIC ONCOLOGY UNIT
AT MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER OF NEW YORK CITY
a comedy by Halley Feiffer
A foul-mouthed twenty-something comedian and a
middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce are brought together unexpectedly
when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital. Together,
this unlikely duo must negotiate some of life’s biggest challenges…while making
some of the world’s most inappropriate jokes. Can these two very lost people
learn to laugh through their pain and lean on each other, when all they really
want to do is run away?
"…a play that is as deeply felt as its name is long…[an] exposed nerve of a
script…” —NY Times.
“…raunchy and fearless…[an] audacious mix of crude
humor and deep feeling…funny and moving…[Feiffer’s] distinct voice is on fine
display throughout, in all its uniquely unsettling glory. A Funny Thing…manages
to take the least funny thing possible and uncover dark laughter along the way.”
May 15-June 6, 2020
science fiction by
Astronaut Bill Cooke returns from the first manned mission to Mars bearing
secrets and illicit cargo. Now his wife and teenage children are all that stand
between Bill and a shocking action that will alter not only their lives, but
also all of humanity.
Advance Man is the first part of Mac Rogers’
science fiction epic The Honeycomb Trilogy, three stand-alone plays set in the
same universe chronicling a primal conflict – at once intimate and global – that
will redefine the nature of the human race. Audiences can definitely enjoy this
play without seeing the subsequent plays in the trilogy.
“CRITICS PICK! This effectual first part thrives in its persuasive entangling of
science fiction with straightforward domestic drama.” – Backstage.
“Fascinating, suspenseful, and gripping [...]
Mac Rogers is one of the most intriguing playwrights working today.” Broadway
“Rogers’ writing is daring... I was with this
play every moment.” - NYTheatre.com.
LUDWIG'S A COMEDY OF TENORS
a farce by Ken
One hotel suite, four
tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming
fans. What could possibly go wrong?
It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the
concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian
superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maira, from causing runaway
chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom
hijinks, and madcap delight.
"Ken Ludwig is a comedic genius. A Comedy of Tenors is full of non-stop
hilarity." - Princeton Found.
“From conception to execution, everything about
A Comedy of Tenors hits on all comedic cylinders and, as advertised, is
laugh-out-loud funny.” - The News-Herald.
“Laugh after laugh greets one improbable scene
after another. Ludwig knows no ridiculous limits.” - BroadwayWorld.com.
“Playwright Ken Ludwig has hit the jackpot
again with his fast-paced, over-the-top farce A Comedy of Tenors.” - Beacon
tickets now on sale.
Phone (405) 232-6500 for more information.
October 16, 2019