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“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” continues at Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Theatre Tulsa presents “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” by Tennessee Williams at 2 p.m. March 21 and 8 p.m. March 25-27, 2010, at the Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center in Tulsa, OK. The production is directed by Lisa Stefanic and the stage is managed by April Harris.
General admission is $16 and $11 for seniors. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling (918) 596-7111.
According to a news release, the 1955 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama centers on the family dynamics of a Mississippi plantation tycoon known as Big Daddy. Brick, his ex-football son, along with his trophy wife, Maggie, have gathered with his brother’s family to celebrate Big Daddy’s 65th birthday. Unbeknownst to Big Daddy is that he is dying of cancer and what ensues is each couple’s attempt to discredit the other and to put themselves in the position to inherit Big Daddy’s enormous wealth.
Stefanic says in a news release, “One of the components ‘Cat of a Hot Tin Roof’ deals with, are the struggles of honesty among others and, more importantly, being honest with yourself. That’s a big challenge in today’s world. Our society is dominated both culturally and politically by people who excel in avoiding the truth; in spinning their message-and simple, courageous honesty is becoming lost in the battle. I think the story of people literally fighting their way though hypocrisy toward an honest account of who they are is quite timely.”
The Theatre Tulsa’s production consists of the following cast members: Jeremy Sheldon as Brick, Sara Wilemon as Maggie, Charles Whitson as Big Daddy, Karyn Maio as Big Mama, Kurt Harris as Gooper, Amy Lee as Mae, Robert Young as Reverend Tooker, Starr Hardgrove as Dr. Baugh, Margie Jenkins as Sookey, and Cole Jett as Lacey.
Theatre Tulsa is a proud member of the American Association of Community Theatre, Oklahoma Community Theatre Association, Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and a recipient of the 2009 Tulsa Award for Theatre Excellence for outstanding production.

Editor’s Note: The March 20 performance was canceled due to weather, and tickets will be honored at 8 p.m. Wed., March 24, 2010,  at the Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center in Tulsa, OK.

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50swats group examines death in production “The Grace Project”

50swats presents “The Grace Project” at Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th St., in Tulsa. 
Death is the theme in this brand-new show from the writers’ group 50swats, commissioned by Tulsa’s Grace Hospice. Short-form scenes and monologues examine the nature of death, in pieces alternately funny, disturbing, touching, and absurd. 
“The challenge of creating an entertaining bit of theater out of such a serious and daunting subject has been hard,” said a 50swats writer in a news release, “but if you can’t laugh at necrophilia, then the terrorists have won.”
Performance time is 8 p.m. Jan. 15-16, 22- 23, 29-30. Admission is $8. For more information, call (918) 633-8666, e-mail or go online to

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Nightingale Theater to present “Born Again Yesterday” by Justin McKean this Sunday

“Born Again Yesterday” by Justin McKean will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 22nd, 2009, at at the Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. Fourth St., Tulsa. Tickets are $10. For reservations, call (918) 633-8666 for reservations or go to

Justin McKean’s “Born Again Yesterday” guides the audience through a hilarious maze of experiences drawn from the author’s life as a strict fundamentalist. “Everything in the play is based on something I did, or saw or heard,” McKean says.

Laughing at himself through this two-hour comedy, McKean hopes to build bridges. “The point of the play is to humanize, not demonize,” he says in a news release. “Christians who see it understand this quickly. They laugh more loudly than the non-religious people. I think this is because they know the people in the play very, very well. They’ve been to church with them. They have had potluck dinners with them. They went to church camp with them. You can love your family and still roll your eyes at them sometimes.”

Most of the play is comedy, but there are moments of sadness. “I’ve made people cry,” McKean says. “The show is based on a true story, and when I found that I’d lost my ability to believe the same things I did as a child, it truly devastated me.” These teary moments have a lighter side, too. “I’m a happy guy. I don’t take things too seriously, so there’s always a joke in there. In the saddest moments of life, you have to laugh through the tears.”

The story ends on a note of joy and hope with a plea to the audience to work together in their community locally and globally.

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Oklahoma Community Theatre Association distributes awards

Awards distributed during the 2009 Oklahoma Community Theatre Association Conference in Tulsa in July were:

Doobie Potter, Oklahoma City
HALL OF HONOR is awarded when there is deemed a worthy recipient. Criteria include the nominee’s contributions to state and local community theatre, involvement in all aspects of theatre work, and OCTA.

Oklahoma Arts Council
JEANNE ADAMS WRAY SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD is given to those selected people who are not working with community theatre in Oklahoma, but have or are making contributions to its progress.

Shonda E. Currell, Elk City
BILL CRAWFORD MEMORIAL AWARD is given on very special occasions to a person or member organizations in recognition of services and devotion to OCTA and its theatres.

Grove Playmakers, Grove
OCTAVISION is given to an OCTA member theatre which has established and successfully accomplished a substantial long-range goal.

Ardmore Little Theatre, Ardmore
THEATRE OF THE YEAR is given in to an OCTA member theatre, operating within a Board of Directors structure, which has accomplished at least 10 continuous seasons with at least two productions each. This is the most prestigious award a theatre can receive in Oklahoma and is the equivalent to the Governors Arts Award.

OCTA SPOTLIGHT AWARDS: Outstanding Volunteers nominated from their theatre
Connie Stuart – Theatre Tulsa
David Gray – Heller Theatre
David Thompson – The Stage Door, Yukon
Judy McGlasson – Theatre Bartlesville
Sherry Whisman & Karyn Maio – Sapulpa C.T.
Vicki King – Grove Playmakers

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Stand-up Comedy convenes this Sunday at Tulsa’s Nightingale Theatre

On the first Sunday of the month, A Murder of Comics presents their Stand-Up Comedy Showcase at the Nightingale Theatre, 1416 E 14th Street, Tulsa, OK. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, call (918) 633-8666. A Murder of Comics feature comedians from all sorts of backgrounds. Topics range from topical news to relationships, social commentary, satire, and even anthropology!

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Monica Huggens Dance Theatre presents “Project Alice” this weekend

“Project Alice” is an interpretation of Lewis Carroll’s famous work. This
full-length production features a collection of tap, jazz, ballet, modern,
hip hop and historical dance which seduce the audience into ‘becoming’
Alice. Stage combat, ariel performance, poetry and acting are all performed
by local artists.
Production times are at 8 p.m. today and Aug. 1, 2 p.m. Aug. 2 and 8 p.m. Aug. 7-8 at the Nightingale Theatre, 1416 E 14th Street, Tulsa, OK. Admission is $18 adults, $12 student, $10 children. For more information, call (918) 633-8666.

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Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School at the Nightingale Theater

Life drawing meets cabaret… Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School will begin from 6 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at the Nightingale Theater, 1416 E. 4th St., Tulsa. Admission is $7 (cash or check only) and is for mature audiences only.
Started in Brooklyn by artist and burlesque girl Molly Crabapple, Dr. Sketchy’s now has 60+ branches around the globe, including Hollywood, London, Berlin, Edinburgh, Oklahoma City, Tokyo, Paris, Kansas City, and now Tulsa. There will be local, and regional Burlesque performers, notable artists, musicians, and all kinds of other beautiful, and interesting people, modeling just for participants.
For more information, call 918-633-8666 or go online to