Season 5 (2022-2023)

Stories of Relationships: It’s Complicated

Relationships, am I right?  Whether they be work relationships, romantic relationships, familial relationships, or friendships, relationships are complicated.  There are always highs and lows.  We aren’t always clear about what role we play, the impact we have on others, the intimacy we share, or the power we hold This season we selected shows that will invite us to examine our existing relationships, plan for the types of relationships we want, and most importantly, to appreciate the ones that make us feel good and learn from the ones that don’t.

Driving Ms. Daisy

The place is the Deep South, the time 1948, just prior to the civil rights movement. Having recently demolished another car, Daisy Werthan, a rich, sharp-tongued Jewish widow of seventy-two, is informed by her son, Boolie, that henceforth she must rely on the services of a chauffeur. The person he hires for the job is a thoughtful, unemployed black man, Hoke, whom Miss Daisy immediately regards with disdain and who, in turn, is not impressed with his employer’s patronizing tone and, he believes, her latent prejudice. 

by Alfred Uhrey

Directed by Paula Scheider

September 15-25, 2022

Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center

Straight

Meet Ben. Ben is a 26-year-old investment banker. Ben likes beer, sports, and Emily … and Chris. Straight is a provocative new play that deals with fidelity, sexuality, and identity in “post-equality” America. Funny, sad, sexy, and surprising, this three-character drama takes a hard look at the moral complex of a generation that prides itself on the pretense of acceptance.

By Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola

Directed TBD

November 10-20, 2022

306 S. Phoenix – World Stage Theatre Company

Terminus

This is the story of Eller–a progressive white matriarch–and her mixed-race grandson, Jaybo, who live together down by the railroad tracks in rural Georgia. When Eller’s mind begins to fade, her violent past in the segregated South haunts her from the very walls of the old family home. And as she descends terrifyingly closer toward a horrifying truth, Jaybo’s capacity to love his grandmother is put to the test. 

By Gabriel Jason Dean

Directed by Dionne Lambert

February 2-12, 2023

Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center

I and You

One afternoon, Anthony arrives unexpectedly at classmate Caroline’s door bearing a beat-up copy of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, an urgent assignment from their English teacher. Homebound due to illness, Caroline hasn’t been to school in months, but she is as quick and sardonic as Anthony is athletic, sensitive, and popular. As these two let down their guards and share their secrets, this seemingly mundane poetry project unlocks a much deeper mystery that has brought them together. I and You is an ode to youth, life, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.

By Lauren Gunderson 

Directed by TBA

April 6-16, 2023

306 S. Phoenix – World Stage Theatre Company

Some Girls

Your career as a writer is blossoming, and your beautiful, young fiancée is waiting to get married and rush off to Cancun by your sideso what is your natural reaction? Well, if you’re a man, it’s probably to get nervous and start calling up old girlfriends. And so begins a single man’s odyssey through four hotel rooms as he flies across the country in search of the perfect woman (whom he’s already broken up with). Some Girl(s) is from Neil Labute, American theater’s great agent provocateur. In grand LaBute fashion, this outrageously funny and deadly serious portrait of the artist as a young seducer casts a truthful, hilarious light on a typical young American male as he wanders through the heart of darkness that is himself.

by Neil LaBute

Directed by Kelli McLoud-Schingen

June 15-25, 2023

Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa Performing Arts Center