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 8:30PM
November 9 & 10 at 2:00PM
Lynn Riggs Black Box 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.
The Deaths of Sybil Bolton marks the latest Heller Theatre Company production that magnifies the voices of the marginalized through powerful and well-written works.
*”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.
Second Sunday Serials
The Second Sunday of the Month, September - May | 8:00PM
Studio 308, 308 S. Lansing Ave.
The groundbreaking theatre event returns for a third season at a new time and location: 8PM at Studio 308 (3rd and Lansing).
In Second Sunday Serials, playwrights tell a story one month at a time. Each month, 5 short plays are performed; the Top 3 (as voted by the audience) advance to the next month, where the audience will see what happens next in each story. Starting this year, all playwrights whose pieces are read will receive a royalty. Playwrights whose plays are selected to continue must submit the next installment each month until the story is wrapped up or they are no longer voted forward.