Auditions for "The Deaths of Sybil Bolton"

Heller Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for a new full-length play by Playwright-in-Residence David Blakely:

The Deaths of Sybil Bolton

from the book by Dennis P. McAuliffe, Jr.
Adapted by David Blakely
Directed by David Blakely

Auditions: Saturday, July 20 at 1:00 pm, Fly Loft, 117 N. Boston Ave.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Callbacks TBA.

Nov 1, 2, 8 & 9 at 7:30PM
Nov. 10 at 2:00PM
Lynn Riggs Theater, Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St.


- female, late teens to early 20s, Native
- female, 50+, Native
All other roles have already been cast.

HTC Playwright-in-Residence David Blakely returns to recount a shocking true-life piece of Oklahoma history: the Osage Oil Murders. Based on Dennis P. McAuliffe, Jr.’s 1990 nonfiction book The Deaths of Sybil Bolton, Blakely’s adaptation depicts a journalist uncovering lies, cover-ups, and murder on his quest for the truth: what exactly happened to his grandmother during the systematic reign of terror that killed an estimated 60-plus wealthy, full-blood Osage Native Americans in the 1920s? Blakely expands his four-time TATE-winning* one-act play Four Ways to Die into a full-length true-crime story from Oklahoma’s past, with an intimate look at how it resonates in personal history today.

NOTE: This is INSTEAD of the previously-announced Season Auditions, which have been separated into two events. Details on the second event forthcoming.

*Four Ways to Die recieved four awards from the 2018 Tulsa Awards for Theater Excellence ceremony, including Outstanding Original Work, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Properties.

Auditions for Heller Shorts 2019: "Now and Ten"

Auditions will be held:
June 29, 2:00PM
Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave.

Performances will be held:
Aug. 22, 23, 24 & 25 at 7:30PM and Aug. 25 at 2:00PM
Lynn Riggs Theater, Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St.

Here’s your chance to be a part of a Tulsa tradition! We’re celebrating the tenth anniversary of Shorts by staging 10 short plays: a collection of world-premieres and some favorites from the past decade of Shorts.

Heller Shorts is always a great way for actors to flex their chops, expand their repertoire, and work with some incredible local playwrights.

ROLES: People of all ethnicities, genders, ages, experience levels, and abilities are encouraged to audition for a variety of roles in 10 short plays.

"Ars Longa, Vita Ferris” by David Blakely (originally seen in 2014); directed by Jarrod Kopp (
The Moon is My Neighbor” by Shadia Dahlal (originally seen in 2018); directed by Michelle Collum
Patsy’s Suitcase” by Kelley Friedberg (2019 World Premiere); directed by Jenny Clyde
A Tale of Distraction” by Camie Hayes and R. Channing Reynolds (2019 World Premiere); directed by Karlena Riggs
Death by Tiger” by Dan Hitzman (2019 World Premiere); directed by Angela Mclaughlin
"Tacky” by Nick Lutke and George Romero (originally seen in 2015); directed by Roderick Hudson
Three Went Down” by Andrew Nichols (2019 World Premiere); directed by Audie Pritchett
It’s Not Hard” by Karlena Riggs (2019 World Premiere); directed by Machele Miller-Dill
Two Lies and the Truth?” by Archer C. Williams (originally seen in 2017); directed by Luke Thompson
Jumper” by Michael Wright (originally seen in 2011); directed by Kia Hightower

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts. Callbacks TBA.

Note: As Heller Shorts functions as our annual fundraiser, actors will not be compensated monetarily for their roles, though they will receive free admittance to our Decade of Shorts Gala following the performance on Saturday, 24th.

Auditions for Heller Shorts 2018 - "On Cloud 9"

July 8, 2018 @ 6PM
FlyLoft, 117 N Boston Ave., #208

Performances will be held Sept. 6-9 at Nightingale Theater.

Heller Theatre Company is pleased to announce Heller Shorts 2018 – "On Cloud 9." This is the ninth year for the popular event, and the opening production of HTC’s 2018-2019 season. 

This year will feature 7 short plays by local playwrights:
"A Dream to Save Your Back" by Riley Van Zee
"The Gates of Bliss" by John Fisher
"Make a Wish" by Dan Hitzman
"The Makeover" by Susan Apker
"The Moon is My Neighbor" by Shadia Dahlal
"Renovations" by Luke Thompson
"Wind and Shadow" by Bradley Sinor

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the scripts. Callbacks TBA.

Interested in directing a Short this year? Email us at by June 1st and let us know!