Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to
announce the 2018-2019
season of shows...
CST is located at 800 West Main on the southwest corner of Main & Shartel in Downtown
what everyone's talking about...as we celebrate 35 years of quality 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 7-29, 2018
THE GORGES MOTEL
comedies & a drama by Gretchen Cryer,
Lynne Halliday, Isaac Himmelman, James Hindman, Arlene Hutton, and Craig
"THE GORGES MOTEL [is] a tantalizing, comic daisy
chain of  short plays by six playwrights." —The New
Lives intersect in comic and dramatic fashion
in a motel that has seen better days in Watkins Glen, New York near
"the towers of rock."
Break-ups and a wedding, a rapping reverend and a drone attack, the ridiculous
and the sublime all come together in one unlikely place.
"The funniest piece is KISSING COUSINS by Craig
Pospisil, in which two sisters discover that they both slept with the groom—one
15 years ago, one last week…The most extensive and surreal piece, by Arlene
Hutton, starts with the bride sitting in shock, her wedding dress covered in
blood." —New York Theater.
out are Craig Pospisil’s KISSING COUSINS and Gretchen Cryer’s BRECKENRIDGE…Ms.
Cryer’s script…is rich in tropes and authentic characterization."
—Off Off Broadway Review.
"Arlene Hutton’s HERE
COMES THE DRONE ties the anthology’s strands together and tops them with a great
sight-gag bow…" —Time Out New York.
WHAT LOLA SAW embodies "the
ridiculous and the sublime" mentioned previously, as
Lola finds meaning in her visitations from her deceased husband.
October 26-November 10, 2018
a comedy by Allison Moore
The hilarious hit of 2009's Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors
Theater of Louisville.
When she's cast as the "last girl" in a
low-budget slasher flick, Sheena thinks it's the big break she's been waiting
for. But news of the movie unleashes her malingering mother's thwarted feminist
rage, and Mom is prepared to do anything to stop filming...even if it kills her.
"...Slasher elicits laughs by intentionally indulging in everything that makes
horror films atrociously unentertaining." - Broad Street Review.
November 23-December 15, 2018
PLATE IN THE CAFÉ DU GRAND BOEUF
a comedy by Michael Hollinger
No menu necessary at the world's greatest
restaurant, the Café du Grand Boeuf in Paris. Why? "Because we have everything,"
headwaiter Claude admonishes waiter-in-training Antoine. On this night in 1961,
the staff awaits the imminent arrival of Victor, the Café's owner and sole
patron. But when "Monsieur" returns disheveled and morose, his wish is simple:
to die of starvation at his own table. The frantic staff tries to change his
mind, but to no avail. Finally, they make a last-ditch plea: Out of respect for
their life's work, will he let them prepare one final meal—provided they leave
it in the kitchen? Instead they will describe it, course by course, over a
series of empty platters, and the "feast of adjectives and adverbs" begins.
A "comic tragedy in seven courses" and "…operatic looniness…" —NY Times. "…[a]
treat on the Off-Broadway menu…" —NY Daily News. "…a menu filled with food for
thought as well as laughter." —CurtainUp.
a romantic comedy by Mark St.
The play centers on Ever, a young
man with Asperger’s syndrome, who seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer to
learn enough dancing to survive an awards dinner. The dancer, Senga, however, is
recovering from an injury that may stop her dancing career permanently. As their
relationship unfolds, they’re both caught off-guard by the discoveries—both
hilarious and heartwarming—that they make about each other and about themselves.
"You don’t want it to end…"
—The Boston Globe. "Laughs abound in this play and so
do those plucked heartstrings…a perfect evening of theatre."
—BerkshireBrightFocus.com. "...goes beyond the
conventions of a romantic comedy to an enthralling evening…totally
absorbing…brilliantly conceived… " —BroadwayWorld.com.
15-March 19, 2019
DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE
comedy-drama adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher,
from the novella The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis
Our Educational Outreach production for at-risk
high school students.
A new and shocking version of Robert Louis
Stevenson's classic tale. On the fog-bound streets of Victorian-era London,
Henry Jekyll's experiments with exotic "powders and tinctures" have brought
forth his other self—Edward Hyde, a villain free to commit the sins Jekyll is
too civilized to comprehend. When Hyde meets a woman who stirs his interest,
Jekyll fears for her life and decides to end his experiments. But Hyde has other
ideas, and so the two sides battle each other in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.
In a unique twist, Hyde is portrayed by different members of the cast.
"A smart, tense and suspenseful new take on Stevenson's [story]…Hatcher has
fashioned a play that seems truer to Stevenson but hipper, sexier and more
intense…" —San Francisco Chronicle.
"This is not your grandfather's Dr. Jekyll and
Mr. Hyde...Hatcher has written a play that honors the original, but gives a more
complex interpretation of the dual nature of man. A dark and disturbing story
liberally peppered with humor." —Arizona Daily Star.
"Sex, drugs, violence. What's not to like?…[A]
psychological thriller that makes an old-hat horror story scary again even
through the well-timed laugh lines. While paying homage to Stevenson, this
remixed version makes his Victorian concerns relevant in the 21st century. It
would be a sin to miss it." —Arizona Republic.
March 29-April 20, 2019
a drama by Lucas Hnath
It's December 2010. Infirm Maxine thinks her
daughter is paying Nurse Tina to gently nudge her into the grave before the New
Year. Maxine thinks Tina's doing this so her daughter doesn't have to pay hefty
estate taxes that take effect on January 1. Nurse Tina adamantly denies Maxine's
accusations, but when Maxine offers Tina a portion of her sizable estate on the
condition that she lives until the 1st, Tina changes her tune. But of course,
the plan doesn't go according to plan.
"Sobering, shattering…Hnath's incisive script examines the moral questions
raised when the issues are muddy." —BackStage.
"Hnath's compelling drama examines American
ideas about death, dying and money." —Louisville Courier-Journal.
May 17-June 1, 2019
GUY ON THE BUS
a drama by Bruce Graham
Week after week, a wealthy white businessman rides
the same bus, befriending a single black mom. But why is this white guy with a
Mercedes in the garage riding the bus now? As they get to know one another,
their pasts unfold and tensions rise, igniting a disturbing and crucial
exploration of race.
"WHITE GUY ON THE BUS [is] a first-rate, new play by
Bruce Graham, that has more than a stunning surprise or two."
"a play with
guts…this unusually frank drama has been gnawing away at me these last 24
hours…I see so many plays that want to blurt out some of the things that these
characters say but don’t have the nerve. This one goes for the jugular."
"…the play is not an
issue-driven debate; instead, this is a powerful story about characters
struggling with titanic decisions and negotiating desperately to save
themselves. As in his other plays, Graham...articulates important themes and
ideas entertainingly and without preachiness." —BroadStreetReview.com.
a comedy by Joe DiPietro, author of
Memphis, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Over the River and Through the
Woods, and The Last Romance
always knows when something is wrong. When Alice notices her beloved husband,
Bill, has returned home on edge after a tennis match with their son, she grows
suspicious and springs into action. Determined to piece together the puzzle, she
invites her son, Billy, and daughter-in-law, Jane, over for drinks and dessert.
Sidesplitting chaos ensues as Alice digs for the truth, resulting in even more
honesty than anyone expected. Shattering and hilarious, CLEVER LITTLE LIES is a
story of long-term love and marriage…for better…and for worse.
"DiPietro—a jack of all theatrical genres who has Tony
Awards for the book and lyrics for Memphis and who wrote the long-running comedy
I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change—is a craftsman, and CLEVER LITTLE LIES is
nothing if not well-crafted." —Deadline.
a blend of comedy and sentiment, with maybe just a hint of a sting."
—The New York Times.
is ... at his best when keeping us in the dark about whether the tale being told
is real or one big ballsy lie…the fun is who knows what first, the audience or
the people onstage." —The Wrap.
tickets now on sale.
Phone (405) 232-6500 for more information.
July 12, 2018