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34th Season
An Award-Winning Array of Plays!

Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to announce the 2017-2018 season of shows...
With eight Oklahoma City premieres, there's always something NEW at CST!

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 34 years of quality 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 8-30, 2017 
RIPCORD
a comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire

Hilarity trumps sensibility in this new comedy where The Odd Couple meets The Golden Girls! When two polar opposite ladies wind up in the same living quarters, get ready to watch ’em squirm, fight, and practically kill each other. You see, a sunny room with a view is prime real estate in the Bristol Place Senior Living Facility, so when the crabby Abby is forced to share her quarters with new-arrival Marilyn, she must get rid of the infuriatingly chipper woman by any means necessary. A seemingly harmless bet between the seniors quickly escalates into a dangerous game of one-upmanship that reveals not just their tenacity, but deeper truths that each would like to stay hidden.

CST has produced many works by this playwright. Though he won numerous accolades for Good People and the Pulitzer for Rabbit Hole, Lindsay-Abaire returns to his earlier style that’s more overtly comic, outrageous, whimsical, and a little vicious. CST audiences may remember the comic turns of Fuddy Meers, Kimberly Akimbo, and Wonder of the World.

"David Lindsay-Abaire’s tastily sweet-and-sour RIPCORD is great fun!
[It’s] larded with moments of surprise, both wacky and more substantial." —Time Out (New York)

"...a perfectly enjoyable evening." – New York Times.
 


October 20-November 4, 2017 
THE BIRDS
a thriller by Conor McPherson, from a story by Daphne du Maurier

NOTE: this is a 3-week run of 9 performances instead of 11 performances in 4 weeks.

Daphne du Maurier’s short story, also the basis for Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, is boldly adapted for the stage—a gripping, unsettling, and moving look at human relationships in the face of societal collapse. In an isolated house, strangers Nat and Diane take shelter from relentless masses of attacking birds. There’s no electricity, little food, and a nearby neighbor may still be alive and watching them. Another refugee, the young and attractive Julia, arrives with some news of the outside world, but her presence also brings discord. Their survival becomes even more doubtful when paranoia takes hold of the makeshift fortress—an internal threat to match that of the birds outside.

“Deliciously chilling…spring-loaded with tension…claustrophobic, questioning, frightening, and with a twist.” —Irish Independent. “[McPherson] keeps us on the edge of our seat.” —The Irish Times.

“[THE BIRDS] was a powerful piece of theatre and a reminder to me of just how important that story has become…truly frightening…a night in the theatre that should not be missed.” —Tippi Hedren, star of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock film, The Birds.

 


November 24-December 16, 2017 
ME & JEZEBEL
a comedy by Elizabeth L. Fuller

What if Margo Channing came for dinner and Baby Jane stayed for breakfast? Star-struck Elizabeth Fuller's dream came true one evening in 1985 when legendary actress Bette Davis came to dinner at her dilapidated New England cottage and ended up staying for over a month like The Man Who Came to Dinner. Fuller’s hilarious true story captures the challenges of trying to please the irascible queen of Hollywood in so adverse a condition as ordinary life. Then, after 32 days, the New York hotel strike ends, and the star departs as quickly as she arrived. But she leaves behind a gracious thank you letter and, as Bette Davis herself might have said, one hell-uv-a good story.


"The story is delightful, the writing is entertaining, and what comes out of Bette Davis’ mouth is priceless." – New York Post.

"...[a] zingy comedy....a hoot...as funny as you could hope for..." – Washington Times.
 


January 12-27, 2018
AGES OF THE MOON
a comedy-drama by Sam Shepard

NOTE: this is a 3-week run of 9 performances instead of 11 performances in 4 weeks.

A gruff, affecting, and funny play. Byron and Ames are old friends, reunited by mutual desperation. Ames has retreated to an old shack to lick his wounds after his wife kicked him out of their house for some adulterous indiscretion he can’t even recall. Over bourbon on ice, they reflect and bicker until fifty years of love, friendship, and rivalry are put to the test at the barrel of a gun.

"A poignant and honest continuation of themes that have always been present in the work of one of this country's most important dramatists, here reconsidered in the light and shadow of time passed." —New York Times.

"Finely wrought…as enjoyable and enlightening as a night spent stargazing." —Talkin' Broadway.

 


February 16-March 10, 2018
CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY
a comedy-drama by Lynn Nottage

(Part of CST’s educational outreach to area at-risk high school students.)

In this thoughtful, touching and funny play, it’s 1950 and Godfrey Crump has just lost his wife. But finding solace in Father Devine and the Peace Mission Movement, he pulls up stakes and moves his teenage daughters to be close to the Mission in Brooklyn, New York. His sister-in-law wants to help raise the girls, but she stands for everything Godfrey hates. One day, he returns home with a new wife—a white, German immigrant, Gerte. Soon, life in the household overheats to the boiling point. Told through the eyes of his 17-year-old daughter Ernestine, Crumbs from the Table of Joy aims straight at the heart in a story where “we all escape somewhere and take comfort sometimes in things we don’t understand.”

"Imagine a pairing…between Tennessee Williams and Lorraine Hansberry, a memory play about a black family, a glass menagerie in the sun…CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY [is] a small window into the past, and this almost voyeuristic glimpse is worth attention."—NY Post.

"…a complex, thought-provoking play…" —Chicago Sun Times.
 


March 30-April 21, 2018 
BLOOD RELATIONS
a mystery by Sharon Pollock

“Did you do it, Lizzie? Did you?” Lizzie feels betrayed by her father when Mr. Borden leaves the farm to Lizzie’s stepmother instead of to her in his will. Moreover, Mr. Borden kills the birds that Lizzie has loved and taken care of for so long. These betrayals eventually lead to Lizzie’s ultimate betrayal. Told in a fresh, unique way, the plot is based on historical fact and speculation surrounding the life of Lizzie Borden. The award–winning play takes us on a psychological journey, bringing the past to life in a search for a possible answer, a motive. The only suspect, the real Lizzie Borden, was acquitted of murdering her father and stepmother, but in Blood Relations, the chilling question still repeats.

The playwright has been a major figure in Prairie and Canadian theatre since the 1960s. Blood Relations is one of the plays that established Sharon Pollock as a major Canadian playwright and gained her many accolades, among them, the first ever Governor General’s Award for Drama in 1981.

 


May 18-June 2, 2018
THE LONESOME WEST
a comedy-drama by Martin McDonough

NOTE: this is a 3-week run of 9 performances instead of 11 performances in 4 weeks.

Valene and Coleman are two brothers locked together in undying hostility like a penned-up Cain and Abel. They live alone in their father's house after his recent death, and find it impossible to exist without the most massive and violent disputes over the most mundane and innocent of topics. Only Father Welsh, the local young priest, is prepared to try to reconcile the two before their petty squabbles spiral into vicious and bloody carnage.

"Mr. McDonagh's great strength is that he combines a love of traditional story-telling with the savage ironic humour of the modern generation…in the extraordinary THE LONESOME WEST." —The Guardian (UK).

"...a moving and complicated examination of redemption that might even offer a glimmer—a wee distant glimmer—of hope." —Variety

 


June 29-July 21, 2018 
MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE
a comedy by Geraldine Aron

The hilarious and moving story of Angela, recently deserted by her husband for a younger woman, as she sets out to survive and enjoy a life on her own. In a world of surly solicitors, "Lonely Hearts" dates, help line counselors and a myriad of self-diagnosed diseases, does Angela fight to keep her husband or just move on? An Olivier Award nominee (Britain’s Tony Award).

"...[a] zingy comedy....a hoot...as funny as you could hope for..." – Washington Times.

"Gorgeous stuff… a kind of midlife Alice in Wonderland." —Times (London).

"...observations about jealousy, loneliness and the absurdities of life. A sturdily constructed comedy with an underlying poignancy..." —New York Times.

"The truly wonderful dialogue is heartwarming, funny, and filled with relatable touches that bring each point home whether you've been through a divorce or not." —Hamptons.com.

"The show's charm lays in the fact that Aron pushes the absurdity of the situation as much as its pathos…Mixing vaudevillian solo-turn and vicarious soul-baring, she offers an enjoyable evening of stand-up tragedy." —Guardian.

"…the sequence when Angela goes to a sex shop to buy a vibrator is a small masterpiece of comic embarrassment…A peculiarly frosty heart is required to resist MY BRILLIANT DIVORCE." —Daily Telegraph.


 


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Updated: August 17, 2017


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