Announcing the Cast of "Sovereignty"

The personal and the political are one and the same in the deeply moving, daring drama from native Oklahoman playwright and lawyer Mary Kathryn Nagle. Sovereignty splits its time in two parallel, deeply connected timelines: the early 1830s in Cherokee Nation, and in what is now called Oklahoma in the year 2020. In the first, tensions rise as Andrew Jackson’s White House threatens to remove the Cherokee from their land; in the second, Sarah Polson must confront her ubiquitous past in her work as a young Cherokee lawyer fighting for the restoration and preservation of her Nation’s inherent jurisdiction.

Cast (in order of appearance):

Mitch/Samuel Worcester – Luke Thompson
Ben/Andrew Jackson – TBA
Watie/Elias Boudinot – Quentin Blevins
White Chorus Man (Drunk Man/Father/Georgia Guard/William Wirt/Bartender/Reverend Schermerhorn) – Andy Axewell
Sarah Polson – Candice Byrd
John Ridge – Chance Rush
Sarah Bird Northrup/Flora – Tina Flournoy
Major Ridge/Roger Ridge Polson  – Zack Morris
John Ross/Jim Ross – Tommy Cummings 

Director – Carolyn Dunn
Stage Manager – Susan Fenrich
Set Designer – John Cruncleton
Costume Designer – Paulette Record
Fight Coordinator – Candice Byrd
Lighting Designer – Chris Vaughns
Sound Designer – Aaron Veale
Cherokee Language Advisor – Joe Byrd
Producers – Susan Apker & Daniel Hitzman

Heller Theatre Company has been dedicated to producing compelling and provocative new works that challenge and entertain the audience. While Sovereignty has been produced twice before, this run will mark the Oklahoma premiere, the play’s setting and the home state of playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle. The story is timely, relevant, and focuses on very real and very painful truths that have been largely left out of the national conversation.

Sovereignty marks the latest in a series of plays Heller Theatre Company is producing that highlights plays by and featuring women and people of color. We are dedicated to supporting and magnifying the voices of the marginalized through these powerful and well-written works.

Performances will be held Oct. 26, 27 & Nov. 2, 3 at 7:30PM and Oct. 28 & Nov. 4 at 2:00PM at Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Liddy Doenges Theater. Tickets are available in advance here and card-carrying members of the Cherokee Nation can receive a discount with the promo code “CN2018”. Group rates for parties of 10 or more are also available in person at the PAC Box Office or by phone at 918-596-7109.

This production is made possible through the generosity of the Cherokee Nation, Tulsa PAC Trust, and George Kaiser Family Foundation. Heller Theatre Company is a member of Arts Alliance Tulsa. This show contains mature themes and adult language. For more information, visit or check out Heller Theatre Company on Facebook and Twitter.

Announcing the Cast of Heller Shorts 2018 - "On Cloud 9"

This September, Heller Theatre Company kicks off its 2018-19 Season with the ninth annual Heller Shorts play festival.  This year's festival features seven original short plays by seven different playwrights with Tulsa, OK roots. Varying in tone, genre, and topics, this theatrical sampler platter showcases the wide-ranging perspectives and talents of Tulsa playwrights.

"A Dream to Save Your Back"
written by Riley Van Zee; directed by George Romero
Honey - Karlena Riggs
Baby - Deja Jones-Linares

"The Gates of Bliss"
written by John Fisher; directed by Thomas Hunt
Eliza - Sloopy McCoy
Mikaela - Miriam Mills

"Make a Wish"
written by Dan Hitzman; directed by Luke Thompson
Poppy - Paul Henry
Nathan - Brian Grace
Alex - Thomas Duncombe
Sharon - Alyssa Brown
Grammy-in-the-Kitchen - Holly Harper

"The Makeover"
written by Susan Apker; directed by Jenny Clyde
Lou - Liz Masters
Ron - Steve Barker
Ian - Jeff Jimenez

"The Moon is My Neighbor"
written by Shadia Dahlal; directed by Tara Moses
Alfonso - Phoete Mshairi
Mohamed - Durrell Ousley-Wray
Police Officer 1 - Brian Grace
Police Officer 2 - Robbie Bonot

written by Luke Thompson; directed by Beka Buster Schenck
Hayden - Charlie Walter
Alyson - Melissa Storm
Wendy -  Reynada Robinson
Jack - Steve Barker

"Wind and Shadow"
written by Brad Sinor; directed by Nichole Martin
James - Jeremy Goodvoice
Michael - Jeremy Garrett
Saul - Andy Axewell

We are so excited to continue the tradition of "Heller Shorts" for a ninth year. Performances will be held Sept. 6-9 at Nightingale Theatre. Tickets will go on sale mid-August.