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 29 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.)
Oklahoma City premieres including 4 comedies, 2 comedy-dramas and 2 dramas!
show, GOD OF CARNAGE, is a Tony Award winner among numerous other awards.
scheduled during election time, and involves characters with very strong,
and differing, political viewpoints.
ROMANCE has 3 wonderful roles for seniors and is a heartwarming romantic
comedy for the holiday season.
COUNSELOR has 3 wonderful roles for African-Americans and another good role
for an ethnic actor.
matinee show, MY NAME IS ASHER LEV, is adapted from a novel by the
well-known Jewish writer Chaim Potok. His novels THE CHOSEN, …ASHER LEV, and
others, are considered modern classics, and are often taught in high schools
INTANGIBLE is based on the life of Walt Disney and his brother, and Disney’s
obsession with creating “Fantasia.”
a comedy by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher
Winner! 2009 Tony Award for Best
Winner! 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Comedy
Winner! 2009 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Play
Winner! 2009 Drama League Award for Best Play
A playground altercation between
eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn parents for a meeting
to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the
meeting progresses, and the rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off,
leaving the couples with more than just their egos in tatters.
"[A] streamlined anatomy of the human animal…delivers the cathartic release
of watching other people's marriages go boom. A study in the tension between
civilized surface and savage instinct, this play is itself a satisfyingly
primitive entertainment." —NY Times.
"Elegant, acerbic and
entertainingly fueled on pure bile. It's Reza's sharpest work since 'Art'."
another of Christopher Hampton's exquisite translations, [Reza] cannily
manipulates social observations that appeal to vast audiences and creates
characters that bring out the best in actors." —NY Newsday.
November 10, 2012
a drama by Craig
Deep in the woods of Illinois, three childhood friends come together for their
annual hunting trip. Now middle-aged, divided by their changing political
attitudes, and facing mortality in a number of guises, they find that the common
fabric of friendship has been shredded by time.
[Wright] cleverly nests his
political angst inside an examination of friendship, fuzzy memories and shifting
values…LADY leads you deep into the dark thickets of male camaraderie turned
bitter and deadly." —Time Out NY
"Wright writes crackling
dialogue.... And while his stories take on major issues, he has us view them
through a darkly comic and very personal lens…" —CurtainUp.
"…provocative and nuanced
dark comedy." —NY Sun.
30 - December 23, 2012
The Last Romance
a romantic comedy by Joe
DiPietro, author of the popular comedy OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS
In this new romantic comedy, a crush can make anyone feel young again – even a
widower named Ralph. On an ordinary day in a routine life, Ralph decides to take
a different path on his daily walk...one that leads him to an unexpected second
chance at love. Relying on a renewed boyish charm, Ralph attempts to woo the
elegant, but distant, Carol. Defying Carol's reticence – and his lonely sister's
jealousy – Ralph embarks on the trip of a lifetime, and regains a happiness that
seemed all but lost. The Last Romance is a heart-warming comedy about the
transformational power of love.
"The boulevard comedy gets a shot in the arm with Joe DiPietro’s ‘The Last
Remarkably free of cliché…the golden-years love story casts a
bewitching spell…" —Variety.
play adroitly explores relationships between men and women in their golden
years, as well as how the invisible ties of family often tie our hearts harder
and faster than any love affair. A tale that mixes heartbreak with its humor and
opera with the laughter…For all the breezy throwaway jokes—and there is enough
laughter to make even old age seem pleasurable—the central message about seizing
life with a passion comes through loud and clear." —Naples News.
tender romantic comedy." —San Diego Union Tribune.
fall in love with ‘The Last Romance’…The audience howls with laughter." —FloridaWeekly.com.
February 2, 2013
drama by Kathryn Grant
Winner! 2011 Steinberg/American Theatre Critics Citation
Winner! 2010 Premiere Stages Play Festival and the 2010 Jerry Kaufman Award in
powerful story is about a chosen son's quest for truth. Vincent, a bright young
lawyer in the Public Defender department has been assigned to defend a young
woman accused of killing her three-week-old son. Hounded by his community and
haunted by his past, Vincent struggles to defend both neglectful mothers: his
client, and his own. A thought-provoking and beautifully written play, The Good
Counselor literally prompts the audience to serve as the jury in determining
what it means to be a good parent.
“Unsettling drama…Ms. Grant doesn’t fall into the trap of oversimplifying her
characters or seeing only one side of a relationship…this is a sign of Ms.
Grant’s ingenuity as a playwright.” –The New York Times
“Playwright Kathryn Grant is a promising talent with a sharp ear for
dialogue…The Good Counselor is engrossing, thoughtful and thought-provoking, and
worthy of our attention.” –Talkin’ Broadway
searing new play…–NJ.com
22 - March 16, 2013
comedy by Jeffrey
Inspired by hilarious memories of a childhood etiquette class, playwright
Jeffrey Hatcher conjures up the world of a ten-year-old studying manners. Mrs.
Mannerly is a demanding teacher, and no student in her thirty-six years of
etiquette classes has achieved a perfect score. But when he discovers her secret
past, Young Jeffrey is determined to be the first to achieve this feat. This
unique comic tale reveals truths about the face we present and the real selves
that lie inside
"’Mrs. Mannerly’ is a hilarious comedy narrated by Hatcher recounting his
experiences studying manners and etiquette as a ten-year-old as taught by a very
demanding and controlling teacher. Hatcher's brilliance as a master storyteller
richly entertains us all along the way…a thousand laughs…It will have you
rolling in the aisles laughing uncontrollably and hysterically. "’Mrs. Mannerly’
is the title character in Jeffrey Hatcher's delicious little play about a
stand-up student named Jeffrey and the time he spends in a 1967 etiquette class
under the tutelage of a mysterious and wonderfully well-mannered teacher. An
absolutely charming night of theater. This is a ticket that everyone who loves
good manners and live theater should have." —Houston Press.
"Hatcher's dialogue is
typically smart, funny, and subversive (talking about manners class, young
Jeffrey remarks, 'It was like we were going to church only we cared.'). Nowhere
here are we asked to do much more than luxuriate in witty dialogue delivered
with a deft touch." —Minneapolis/St. Paul City Pages.
5 - 27, 2013
My Name is
a comedy-drama by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok
STUDENT MATINEE SHOWS AT 10:30 A.M. APRIL 12 & 26.
MY NAME IS ASHER LEV follows the journey of a young
Jewish painter struggling with his relationship with his parents, religion, and
his love of art. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship
with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult
choice between art and faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic
presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist.
By the same author as THE CHOSEN, an award-winning
modern classic which was adapted into a film in 1981 and a stage play in 1999.
"Thought-provoking, humorous and deeply insightful." —Talkin' Broadway.
"A profound declaration of the power of storytelling on a stage." —Philadelphia
"This adaptation has a knack for lifting nearly wholesale the terse, telling
dramatic exchanges in the book that efficiently drive the conflict forward."
17 - June 8, 2013
comedy-drama by Bruce Graham
Bruce Graham tackles '40s Hollywood through a thinly disguised look at Walt
Disney. It's Hollywood, 1941. Two very different brothers—one an extravagant
visionary, the other a plain-speaking numbers man—run a movie studio famous for
its cartoon dog, Petey Pup. Gifted Tony longs to move beyond Petey and create a
feature-length animated film set to classical music. His loyal brother Dale
manages everything: unrealistic budgets, unpredictable Tony and unrelenting
deadlines while trying not to lose himself or his family in the wake of Tony's
feverish genius. Humming with humor and brimming with humanity, Dale and Tony
show the remarkable ways brothers support each other—in spite of it all.
“INTANGIBLE's real conflict between brothers, and between art and commerce,
stands out not for Graham's wit (we expected that), but the insightful
exploration of artists and the people who love—and suffer—them." —Philadelphia
"There is no doubt that
Philly's Bruce Graham, playwright of SOMETHING INTANGIBLE, is a master craftsman
and much loved…[His] thoughtful dialogue and stories suck you in and make you
want to stay." —Philadelphia Inquirer.
"An ambitious play about the
fundamental bonds and challenges of polar opposite partners." —EDGE
28 - July 20, 2013
Out of Sterno
a comedy by Deborah Zoë
Laufer, author of
Season 28’s popular END DAYS
OUT OF STERNO is a coming-of-age play in an Alice in
Wonderland world. It explores the triumph and heartbreak of growing up, and the
contradictory societal pressures women face just trying to make it across town!
Dotty's life in Sterno with her husband Hamel is absolutely perfect! It's a
fairy tale, it really is. True, in their seven years of marriage Hamel has
forbidden her to leave their tiny apartment or speak to anyone, but Dotty is so
very happy to spend her days watching video re-enactments of the day they first
met. When a phone call from a mysterious woman threatens to tear her world
asunder, Dotty must venture out into the vast city of Sterno, and try to
discover what it is to be a "real" woman.
tickets now on sale. Phone (405) 232-6500 for more information.
March 07, 2013