April 6, 7, 13, 14 @ 7:30PM
1416 E 4th St.
To close out our first all-original season, HTC presents an evening of one-act plays by three local playwrights. We are excited to be showcasing an evening of longer one-act plays for the first time. The playwrights are David Blakely, Heller Theatre Company Playwright-in-Residence and TATE-winning playwright of last season’s “The Light Fantastic Or In the Wood;” Michael Wright, University of Tulsa Applied Professor of Creative Writing, Film and Theatre, and Theatre Critic for Tulsa Voice; and Archer Williams, the winner of 2017’s Heller Shorts “Best in Show” contest.
“Four Ways to Die”
written and directed by David Blakely
Fresh off his TATE-winning script for last season’s The Light Fantastic, HTC Playwright in Residence David Blakely is back to recount a shocking true-life piece of Oklahoma history: the Osage Oil Murders. Based on Dennis McAuliffe’s 1990 nonfiction book The Deaths of Sybil Bolton, Blakely’s “Four Ways to Die” depicts a journalist uncovering lies, cover-ups, and even 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, and why.
Denny - Steve Barker
Mom - Danielle Balletto
Actor 1 - Quinn Blakely
Actor 2 - Andy Axewell
Actor 3 - Sophie Kimery
Actor 4 - Kathryn Hartney
“Going Out of Business, A Comedy with Food References and Salty Language, in One Act”
written by Michael Wright; directed by Angela McLaughlin
Stage Manager - Susan Fenrich
Starting and ending with plates being joyously smashed, “Going out of Business” is a comedy about secrets, survival and the potential for mayhem in the work-a-day world. University of Tulsa Professor and longtime playwright Michael Wright brings his reliably sharp characterizations and witty repartee to the story of a restaurant's closure and the ripple effect it has on the now-former employees. From a creative, revenge-seeking chef to a mysterious intruder, all is not as it seems -- it’s funnier!
Shelly - Alissa Monroe
Tanya - Michelle Cullom
Dwight - Austin Reid
Man/Stroker - Thomas Hunt
Norwood - Timothy Hunter
“Speak with Dead”
written by Archer Williams; directed by Nick Lutke
Guardian angels are real, and they’re assigned to watch over and protect each one of us, and to intervene in the case of an accident. Unfortunately for Alex, his guardian angel is MIA and a minor fall ends up costing him his life. When Samael, Archangel of Death (more commonly known as the Grim Reaper) shows up to take matters into his own bony, skeletal hands, things just get weirder! Stillwater’s Archer Williams, the winner of the first ever “Best in Shorts” prize, brings the zany wit and manic energy that made his “ SHORTS PLAY “ both an audience favorite and a critical success to even more absurd and hilarious heights. Taking place at the intersection of life and death, “Speak with Dead” utilizes every aspect of comedy, from vaudevillian slapstick to the deadpan office politics of the afterlife. Alex may be dead, but his story will give you life!
Alex - Karen Klein
Samael - Nichole Martin
Alicia - Jenny Clyde
Ariel - Timothy Hunter
Ananasiel - Brian Grace
Performances will be held April 6, 7, 13, and 14 @7;30PM at Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th St.
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Second Sunday Serials
Second Sunday of Every Month
Agora Event Center
1402 S Peoria, #200
Second Sundays will have 5 short pieces competing for bragging rights and royalties. With only 3 audience favorites moving forward to the next installment, plays that don’t move on will be replaced by new pieces alongside the returning stories. While there is a serialized nature to the plays, each returning piece is a self-contained scene and short recaps will be provided to the audience to keep you in the know. What happens next? Find out on Second Sundays!
For consideration in each month’s event, plays must be submitted to email@example.com by the 1st of that month. There is no submission fee and playwrights may submit up to two scripts each month, though only one can be performed per month. The three playwrights who won to the following month will receive royalties.
Beginning November 12th, monthly performances will be held on the Second Sunday of Nov., Dec., Jan., Feb., March and May at 7:30PM at Agora Event Center, 1402 S Peoria, #200. Ticket admission fee is only $5 per person, per month, and tickets are available at the door. Cereal snacks and alcohol will be available.
These plays may contain mature content and adult language. This production is made possible through the generosity of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Heller Theatre Company is a member of Arts Alliance Tulsa. For more information, visit www.hellertheatreco.com or check out Heller Theatre Company on Facebook and Twitter.