The Deaths of Sybil Bolton
from the book by Dennis P. McAuliffe, Jr.
adapted for the stage and directed by David Blakely
November 1 & 2, 8 & 9 at 7:30PM
November 9 & 10 at 2:00PM
Lynn Riggs Theater, Dennis R. Neill Equality Center
621 E. 4th St.
HTC Playwright-in-Residence Emeritus 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 trauma, legacies, and lies are inherited.
Denny – Steve Barker
Mom – Paulette Record
The General – Timothy Hunter
Actor #1 – Quinn Blakely
Actor #2 – Andy Axewell
Actor #3 – Courtney Meadows
Actor #4 – Jenn Thomas
Actor #5 – Richard Luttrell
Director – David Blakely
Stage Manager – Lisa Berry
Production Manager - Susan Fenrich
Board Liaison – Nick Lutke
*”Four Ways to Die” received four awards from the 2018 Tulsa Awards for Theater Excellence ceremony, including Outstanding Original Work, Outstanding Direction, Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Properties.
The Deaths of Sybil Bolton marks the latest Heller Theatre Company production that highlights plays centered on and brought to life by 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 Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9 & 10 at 7:30PM and Nov. 9 & 10 at 2:00PM at Lynn Riggs Theater at Dennis R. Neill Equality Center, 621 E. 4th S. Tickets will go on sale in mid-September.
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 contains mature themes and adult language. For more information, visit www.hellertheatreco.com or check out Heller Theatre Company on Facebook and Twitter.