“Theater is like a gym for empathy. It’s where we can go to build up the muscles of compassion, to practice listening and understanding and engaging with people that are not just like ourselves. We practice sitting down, paying attention and learning from other people’s actions. We practice caring.”
~ Bill English, San Francisco Playhouse
We believe that theater has the power to connect our hearts and minds to people and their stories. It invites us to look inside experiences that we don’t have easy access to. Our international performances will take that learning to a higher level. People encountered while traveling become valued colleagues and lifelong friends. They become places on the map (and a guest room or sofa) to visit later. These interactions give a glimpse of life outside our hometown and lifelong friends, and reveal new and refreshing perspectives that. We learn that people are the same and different and that these differences don’t mean deficient.
Having a chance to perform internationally and engage in talk-backs with these audiences can challenge ones point of view and potentially reveal blind spots. We believe that this opportunity will improve the skills of the actors as well as expand their world view. The benefit to the Tulsa Theatre Community is globally minded actors, stage managers, and directors who are also culturally competent, which will make for some great theatre!
Our first International Tour took place in Amsterdam, Delft, and the Hague in The Netherlands October 5-15, 2018
Best of Enemies
Directed by Kelli McLoud-Schingen
Stage Managed by Carmen White Janak
With the coordination of our Dutch friends, Monika De Waal, Henning Zorn and SIETAR Nederlands, we took the play, “Best of Enemies” by Mark St. Germain to theatres, schools, and the Celebrate Creative Learning Conference in the Netherlands.
Dionne Lambert as Ann Atwater
Zero Steiert as C.P. Ellis
Cornelius Johnson as Bill Riddick
Paula Scheider as Mary Ellis