Carpenter Square Theatre is proud to
announce the 2021
season of shows...
what everyone's talking about...as we celebrate 37 years of quality theatre in Oklahoma City.
For more information, please call (405) 232-6500.
(All titles subject to
January 15 - February 6, 2021
DOOR TO DOOR
a comedy-drama by James Sherman
A heartwarming, bittersweet
comedy about three generations of American women. Mary Goodman, a woman of the
"greatest generation" is mourning the loss of her husband. Her daughter,
Deborah, is encouraging her to end her period of mourning and move on with a new
independence. In a series of scenes between Mary, Deborah, and Mary's mother,
Bessie, Mary reflects back on her life as a daughter, wife and mother. A trio of
actresses plays the three women over the course of sixty-five years. As Mary's
life progresses from childhood to matrimony to motherhood, we see how each
successive generation of women lives up to the expectations of the past and
makes brave new choices about the future. At the end of the play, the three
women stand as links in a chain made of faith, love, and understanding.
“Hilarious and deeply moving.” – New York Daily News.
“A bittersweet comedy about the blessing and compromises three generations of
women encounter in their pursuit of love, faith, and marriage.” – The Atlanta
February 26 -
March 20, 2021
LUDWIG'S A COMEDY OF TENORS
a farce by Ken Ludwig
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.
Ludwig is a comedic genius. A Comedy of Tenors is full of non-stop hilarity." -
“From conception to execution, everything about A Comedy of Tenors hits on all
comedic cylinders and, as advertised, is laugh-out-loud funny.” - The
“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 Journal.
April 9 - May 1, 2021
AND THE ENGINE
a historical comedy-drama by Lauren Gundersen
meets Steve Jobs in this poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age.
As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter
of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative
potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage,
inventor of the first mechanical computer. Ada envisions a whole new world where
art and information converge—a world she might not live to see. A music-laced
story of love, friendship, and the edgiest dreams of the future.
finds plenty of intriguing matter in the…story she tells, zeroing in on the
knowns and unknowns in the relationship between Ada and Charles
Babbage…Gunderson’s wit…[makes] the story pretty irresistible.” —SF Chronicle.
“…wise and witty…[a] very smart and skillful Victorian parlor drama.” —SF
Weekly. “Gunderson…has done a terrific job transforming Ada’s story. The [script
is] succinct and pithy, moving story and emotions along at the clip of an
electronically infused calculation.” —RepeatPerformances.org.
Gunderson achieves in Ada and the Engine is quite remarkable. She manages to
capture the cognitive energy and intellectual intimacy that can strengthen a
friendship…Ada and the Engine ADA is a rare and special artistic achievement: an
intelligent play about intelligent historical people that has been crafted by
intelligent theatre artists for an intelligent audience.” —MyCulturalLandscape.com.
May 21 - June 12, 2021
a drama by Dominique Morisseau
At the start of the Great
Recession circa 2008, one of the last auto stamping plants in Detroit is on
shaky ground. Each of the workers has to make choices on how to move forward if
their plant goes under. Shanita has to decide how she'll support herself and her
unborn child, Faye has to decide how and where she'll live, and Dez has to
figure out how to make his ambitious dreams a reality. Power dynamics shift as
their manager Reggie is torn between doing right by his work family, and by the
red tape in his office. Powerful and tense, Skeleton Crew is the third of
Dominique Morisseau's Detroit cycle trilogy.
trenchant look at working-class woes…is as poetic as it is political. Timely and
political without being preachy, [it] is smart, elegantly executed and, best of
all, brimming with emotion. – The Hollywood Reporter.
“Clifford Odets’s dramas…come to mind. So inevitably does the great Pittsburgh
cycle of August Wilson, which Ms. Morisseau cites as an abiding influence. But
Skeleton Crew is also squarely in the tradition of Arthur Miller’s probing
studies of consciences under siege and the crippling concessions made in the
name of success. It is, in other words, a deeply moral and deeply American play,
with a loving compassion for those trapped in a system that makes sins,
spiritual or societal, and self-betrayal almost inevitable.” – The New York
July 9-31, 2021
a comedy by Steve Martin
and Norm are excited to host Gerald and Laura at their home in the valley
outside Los Angeles to watch a once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower. But as the
stars come out and the conversation gets rolling, it becomes clear that Gerald
and Laura might not be all that they appear to be. Over the course of a crazy,
starlit dinner party, the wildly unexpected occurs. The couples begin to flirt
and insanity reigns. Martin, using his trademark absurdist humor, bends the
fluid nature of time and reality to create a surprising and unforgettably funny
“Mr. Martin is peerless at creating wit bombs and always has been…It’s
definitely funny! - The New York Times.
“Martin’s bizarre, inventive, and uproarious new play...he provided stellar
country-bluegrass music, and the book, for Bright Star, and now he’s back...with
his most delectably wacky effort in many years.” National Review.
tickets now on sale.
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February 03, 2021