1,200 Tulsans Celebrated Shakespeare At “Bard in the Brady”!

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Our first-ever “Bard In The Brady” Summer Shakespeare Festival was a smashing success! It wasn’t just another day in the park – it was our way of saying “Thanks, Tulsa!”, so we insisted on making it free to all.

And boy, did Tulsa come out to party!

In just two days, 1,200 Tulsans stepped back in time to see downtown T-town transformed into the Elizabethan England of Shakespeare’s time. Festivities included a Renaissance Faire, performances by Portico Dans Theatre, a sneak preview of Cats from our Broadway Bootcamp students, plus our full production Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night — all free to the public.

Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate Shakespeare at “Bard in the Brady”!

 

Next to Normal is Coming Back!

11412170_815640001876337_491826405858937558_nWe are proud to announce that our highly-acclaimed production of Next to Normal will return for a second weekend at the end of summer!

The show, a powerful rock musical about a family battling with bipolar disorder, only ran one weekend as part of the Tulsa PAC’s SummerStage Theatre Festival. Now it’s back for a special encore weekend for four performances Sept. 25-27.

If you missed this show (which the Tulsa World described in its review as “thrilling,” “magnificent” and “pretty darn close to perfect”), this will be your final chance to experience this amazing piece of work.

Tickets will go on sale next Wednesday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at myticketoffice.com

Theatre Tulsa Earns National Award

Theatre Tulsa was recently honored with a national award from the American Association of Community Theatre.

TT received the Twink Lynch Organizational Achievement Award, which is presented for successfully completing major steps in new directions, expanding services to a community, or moving to the next level of organizational development.

We received the award for our dramatic turnaround since revamping the organization in 2012, erasing some $15,000 in debt and structuring the company in way that provided stability and structure, financial steadiness and a consistent level of acclaimed artistic productions.

“We’ve worked so hard to build Theatre Tulsa into our city’s leading local theater, and we’re thrilled to receive recognition on a national level for our efforts,” said Sara Phoenix, artistic director of Theatre Tulsa.

Read the full story at the Tulsa World.

Theatre Tulsa Honored at TATE Awards

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“The 39 Steps” won the second place Outstanding Play award at the TATEs.

Theatre Tulsa took home the Second Place Tulsa Award for Theatre Excellence for “Outstanding Play” for its production of The 39 Steps at the TATE awards Sunday night. Many thanks to the TATE Committee and the George Kaiser Family Foundation for recognizing this wonderful show. Congratulations also to fellow award winners Midwestern Theatre Company, ODEUM Theatre Company, Theatre POPS and Clark Youth Theatre!

The Tulsa World covered the awards ceremony here.

‘Pretty Darn Close to Perfect’ — TULSA WORLD reviews Next to Normal

If you’re one of those people who think that “local community theater” is by its very nature inferior to whatever you think of as “professional theater,” then you need to go see “Next to Normal” and have a few of your preconceived notions swept away.

— James D. Watts, TULSA WORLD

N2N PosterThis weekend’s review of “Next to Normal” matches what audiences have been saying: “excellent,” “extraordinary” and “close to perfect.”

Read the full review here.

“Next to Normal” is a powerful show, one that treats mental illness with a depth of empathy and understanding that is rare. And it is performed by this cast in a way that can only be described as thrilling.

— James D. Watts, TULSA WORLD

We have just one performance left, Sunday at 2 p.m. This is your final chance to see why audiences are raving about “Next to Normal” — buy tickets here.

“Next to Normal” Talk-Back – This Saturday

N2N PosterWant to know more about the real stories behind Next to Normal? We have partnered with the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma to have a Talk-Back about the themes of Next to Normal immediately after the 2 p.m. Saturday performance.

The Executive Director of MHAO, Michael Brose, will join Pastor Tim Reside (who has been living with bi-polar disorder for decades), along with the cast and director on stage for an interactive discussion with the audience. Come and join the discussion at this Saturday’s matinee performance.

Next to Normal runs this weekend only, June 19-21. Tickets are on sale now. Reserve your tickets today!