2017-2018

Heller Shorts 2017 - "The Dog 8 My Shorts"

For its eighth year, "Heller Shorts" presented another magnificent evening of short plays. Exploring the theme of "bad excuses," these plays ran the gamut from time-travel comedy to familial drama, from psychological thriller to romantic comedy! There is no more variety in Tulsa theatre than "Heller Shorts!" And with local playwrights, directors, cast, and crew, your support of local theatre has never reached a wider array of creatives at once.

The productions were: 

Watch Party by John Mark Day; Directed by Adrienne Dawes
The Interrogation of Richard Mansfield, Actor by Tim Prasil; Directed by Robert Reynolds
Sedatives by Quinn Blakely; Directed by Jack Allen
Art Of The Sale by Luke Thompson; Directed by Audie Pritchett
Two Lies and The Truth by Archer C. Williams; Directed by Kia Dorsey
The Commenorative by Susan Apker; Directed by Frank Gallagher
Watch Party by John Mark Day; Directed by Adrienne Dawes
Free Kittens by Daniel Hitzman; Directed by Charles Walter

 Michelle Collom and Kaye Brownlee-France in "Watch Party" by John Mark Day

Michelle Collom and Kaye Brownlee-France in "Watch Party" by John Mark Day

 Andy Axewell in "The Interrogation of Richard Mansfield", Actor by Tim Prasil

Andy Axewell in "The Interrogation of Richard Mansfield", Actor by Tim Prasil

 Justin Tomlinson and Steve Barker in "Sedatives" by Quinn Blakely

Justin Tomlinson and Steve Barker in "Sedatives" by Quinn Blakely

 Charlie Walter in "Art of the Sale" by Luke Thompson

Charlie Walter in "Art of the Sale" by Luke Thompson

 Ethyn Gutierrez and Barbara Murn in "Two Lies and the Truth?" by Archer C. Williams

Ethyn Gutierrez and Barbara Murn in "Two Lies and the Truth?" by Archer C. Williams

 MacKenzie Bryan, Alissa Monroe, and Deborah Bosworth Campbell in "The Commemorative" by Susan Apker

MacKenzie Bryan, Alissa Monroe, and Deborah Bosworth Campbell in "The Commemorative" by Susan Apker

 Ethyn Gutierrez and Kia Dorsey in "A Dip in the Pool" by Jenny Clyde

Ethyn Gutierrez and Kia Dorsey in "A Dip in the Pool" by Jenny Clyde

 Nick Lutke, Beka Schneck, Andrew Nichols, and Da Leigh in "Free Kittens" by Daniel Hitzman

Nick Lutke, Beka Schneck, Andrew Nichols, and Da Leigh in "Free Kittens" by Daniel Hitzman

 
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Time for Chocolate

An original play by University of Tulsa professor Bruce Dean Willis, directed by David Blakely, and presented in conjunction with Tulsa Latino Theatre, Time for Chocolate is a tale of war, family, coming-of-age, and ancient Mexican history told with the poetry known as “flower song.” Time for Chocolate features metaphysical debates, exciting fighting, historical riddles, bawdy rhymes, and of course, mushroom-laced hallucinogenic chocolate for everyone! 

 
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Second Sunday Serials

Second Sunday of Every Month
Agora Event Center
1402 S Peoria, #200


Second Sundays will have 5 short pieces competing for bragging rights and royalties. With only 3 audience favorites moving forward to the next installment, plays that don’t move on will be replaced by new pieces alongside the returning stories. While there is a serialized nature to the plays, each returning piece is a self-contained scene and short recaps will be provided to the audience to keep you in the know. What happens next? Find out on Second Sundays!

For consideration in each month’s event, plays must be submitted to secsunsersub@gmail.com by the 1st of that month. There is no submission fee and playwrights may submit up to two scripts each month, though only one can be performed per month. The three playwrights who won to the following month will receive royalties.

Beginning November 12th, monthly performances will be held on the Second Sunday of Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., March and May at 7:30PM at Agora Event Center, 1402 S Peoria, #200. Ticket admission fee is only $5 per person, per month, and tickets are available at the door. Cereal snacks and alcohol will be available.

These plays may contain mature content and adult language. This production is made possible through the generosity of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Heller Theatre Company is a member of Arts Alliance Tulsa. For more information, visit www.hellertheatreco.com or check out Heller Theatre Company on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Triple Feature!

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To close out our first all-original season, HTC presents an evening of one-act plays by three local playwrights. We are excited to be showcasing an evening of longer one-act plays for the first time. The playwrights are David Blakely, Heller Theatre Company Playwright-in-Residence and TATE-winning playwright of last season’s “The Light Fantastic Or In the Wood;” Michael Wright, University of Tulsa Applied Professor of Creative Writing, Film and Theatre, and Theatre Critic for Tulsa Voice; and Archer Williams, the winner of 2017’s Heller Shorts “Best in Show” contest.

“Four Ways to Die”
written and directed by David Blakely

CAST: 
Denny - Steve Barker
Mom - Danielle Balletto
Actor 1 - Quinn Blakely
Actor 2 - Andy Axewell
Actor 3 - Sophie Kimery
Actor 4 - Kathryn Hartney

 

“Going Out of Business, A Comedy with Food References and Salty Language, in One Act”

written by Michael Wright; directed by Angela McLaughlin
Stage Manager - Susan Fenrich

CAST:
Shelly - Alissa Monroe
Tanya - Michelle Cullom
Dwight - Austin Reid
Man/Stroker - Thomas Hunt
Norwood - Timothy Hunter
 

“Speak with Dead”

written by Archer Williams; directed by Nick Lutke

CAST:
Alex - Karen Klein
Samael - Nichole Martin
Alicia - Jenny Clyde
Ariel - Timothy Hunter
Ananasiel - Brian Grace

Performances will be held April 6, 7, 13, and 14 @7;30PM at Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th St.