Announcing the Cast of "Double Feature! The Prairie and La Frontera"

Coming off the smash success of last year’s “Triple Feature!” (winner of four awards from the 2018 Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence [TATE] including Outstanding Original Play, Outstanding Ensemble Cast, and Outstanding Direction), Heller Theatre Company has selected two one-act plays by Tulsa playwrights to continue its mission of supporting original work.

Subtitled The Prairie and La Frontera, “Double Feature!” pairs two world-premiere one-act plays that explore and celebrate diversity, humanity, and building bridges.

“Trade Privileges”
written by David Blakely; directed by Michael Wright

Heller Theatre Company’s Playwright-in-Residence and winner of both Outstanding Direction at the 2018 TATEs and Outstanding Original Play at the last two ceremonies, David Blakely presents his latest world premiere one-act. "Trade Privileges" examines race relations among whites, Indians and freed former slaves in Indian Territory in 1859.  Though historical, its look at personal and societal conflicts remains timely.

CAST:
JOHN COHEIA (GOPHER JOHN): Alex Geiger
CHRISTIAN WELLS: Steve Barker
JOHANNA WELLS: Sophie Kimery
WHEELER: Chaston Fox
OLD WOMAN: Liz Masters

“Niñas de la Tierra”
written and directed by Shadia Dahlal

¡Viva la vida! Life is magic. But for immigrants who choose to cross our southern border seeking a better life, the path is filled with danger from humans, and sometimes from supernatural spirits. “Ninas de la Tierra” is a modern Mexican folktale of struggle, survival, and magical realism along la frontera.

CAST:
MICAELA: Maria Carmona
JESUSITA: Indigo Kifer
SPIDER: Sidney Flack
CHILULO: Jeremy Garrett
BORDER AGENT: George Romero
ABUELITA: Miriam Mills
MANGO: George Romero
MAYAHUEL: Meghan Hurley
EL IGUANA: Xavier Santiago Sagel
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE: Kristy Young
WOMAN 1: Claudia Vega
WOMAN 2: Judy Galluzzi
YOUNG GIRL: Meghan Roa

Performances will be held April 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 7:30 PM at Nightingale Theater, 1416 E 4th St. An ASL interpreter is available for the April 20 performance. Sign Language Interpretation provided by Arts Alliance Tulsa’s HEART Initiative. Tickets are now on sale at hellertheatreco.com/tickets .

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

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 

Crew:
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 www.hellertheatreco.com 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

"Renovations"
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.