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Heller Shorts 2017

heller_logo_testHeller Theatre Company is pleased to announce

Heller Shorts 2017:

“The Dog 8 My Shorts”

Heller Theatre Company
Media Contact:
Nick Lutke, Community Affairs Coordinator
918.609.0482
(TULSA, OK) Heller Theatre Company is pleased to announce Heller Shorts 2017 – The Dog 8 My
Shorts. This is the eighth year for the popular event, and the opening production of HTC’s
2017-2018 season. Script submissions will be open to all Oklahoma residents.
This year will feature eight plays no more than eight minutes in length, by eight playwrights.
The theme for this year is “improbable excuses” and all plays should have an outlandish excuse
at the core of the script. Submissions will be accepted March 1-April 30, 2017 and winning
playwrights will be notified by the end of May if their script has been chosen for production.
A new twist for our eighth anniversary will feature a “Shorts Idol” award given to the short play
selected as best scripted, acted, directed and produced. The playwright whose script is chosen
will be invited to write a longer piece to be produced later in the season alongside a piece by
HTC Playwright in Residence, David Blakely. The selection for the winning piece will be made by
a combination of audience voting and judge’s points. This award is in addition to the annual
“Stuff Our Shorts” fundraising effort which selects an “audience favorite.”
Those interested in entering a script in Heller Shorts should visit the Heller Theatre Company
website at ​www.hellertheatreco.com​/hs8/
to review specific guidelines for submission.​
Production will take place in September of this year.
Heller Theatre Company – Compelling. Provocative. Original.
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24 Feb 2017
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Audition Notice For “The Light Fantastic”

AUDITION NOTICE

Heller Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions  for

the world premiere of an original play by Playwright-in-Residence David   Blakely

The Light Fantastic

Or, In The Wood

Written by David Blakely Directed by Sara Cruncleton

 

Performances

May 18, 19, 20 at 7:30PM

May 21 at 2:00PM Location TBD

ROLES

 

ABE, M. 70’s — Cleveland accent, bartender, born to serve

GARON, M. 69 — southern drawl, musician

VIVIAN, F. 60’s — mid-atlantic accent, a refined woman JOHNNY, M. early 50’s — East Texas accent, a priest, in a bit of trouble MAN, M. 30’s — West coast accent, a Woolf scholar, thirsting for someone

MARY, F. 30’s — NY accent, tough exterior, but a baby inside

RUTH, F. mid 40’s — Boston accent, looking for answers

Auditions: March 6 and 7 at 6pm, Henthorne PAC  4825 S. Quaker Ave.

 

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Callbacks TBA.

The Light Fantastic shows us seven denizens of the West End Taproom, each with their sorrows, each with their dreams, with nowhere to go. One of the regulars has stopped showing up and has left instructions what to do. But three strangers, and a priest, walk into the bar, and the rest of the evening could be one big joke. Or not.

This show contains mature themes and language.

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16 Feb 2017
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Rapture, Blister, Burn

Obie Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Gina Gionfriddo dissects modern gender politics in this breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy. After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths: Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen built a home with a husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, and a dangerous game begins as each tries to claim the other’s territory.

The Boston Globe calls the play “…a shrewd, incisive, thoroughly winning comedy. Sharp-eyed, big-hearted, and sure-footed, Gionfriddo ranges across the topography of the women’s movement—and the lives that shaped that movement—while demonstrating the confidence to embrace contradictions of all kinds.” Sparks fly and the age-old question arises: what do women really want? Traversing the experiences of women across the generations, Rapture, Blister, Burn is a hugely entertaining exploration of a new style of feminism, ripe for the twenty-first century.

Performances

March 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30PM

March 12, 2017 at 2:00PM

Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave

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28 Jan 2017
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Audition Notice for Rapture, Blister, Burn

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AUDITION NOTICE

Heller Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for

Rapture, Blister, Burn

Written by Gina Gionfriddo

Directed by Meghan Hurley

Performances

March 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30PM

March 12, 2017 at 2:00PM

Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave

ROLES

Catherine Croll, early 40s

Alice Croll, 70s

Avery Willard, 21

Gwen Harper, early 40s

Don Harper, early 40s

Obie Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Gina Gionfriddo dissects modern gender politics in this breathtakingly witty and virtuosic comedy. After grad school, Catherine and Gwen chose opposite paths: Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic, while Gwen built a home with a husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, and a dangerous game begins as each tries to claim the other’s territory.

The Boston Globe calls the play “…a shrewd, incisive, thoroughly winning comedy. Sharp-eyed, big-hearted, and sure-footed, Gionfriddo ranges across the topography of the women’s movement—and the lives that shaped that movement—while demonstrating the confidence to embrace contradictions of all kinds.” Sparks fly and the age-old question arises: what do women really want? Traversing the experiences of women across the generations, Rapture, Blister, Burn is a hugely entertaining exploration of a new style of feminism, ripe for the twenty-first century.

Auditions: December 13th at 6pm, Henthorne PAC 4825 S. Quaker Ave
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Callbacks TBA.

HELLER THEATRE COMPANY – Compelling. Provocative. Engaging.

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05 Dec 2016
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In Love and Warcraft

Heller Theatre Company proudly announces the opening production of their 2016-17 Season: the Oklahoma premiere of Medhuri Shekar’s In Love and Warcraft. Evie Malone — a gamer girl and confirmed virgin — commands a top-ranked World of Warcraft guild with Ryan, her online boyfriend, and writes love letters on commission for her less articulate peers. She and Kitty, her quirky, sex-addled roommate, are comfortable with their lives, but when Evie meets a totally cute, totally offline boy, Raul, she begins to question everything that’s important to her. Love is like Warcraft, after all: its success lies in strategy and sticking to the game plan. But Raul hates WoW and enjoys physical intimacy. Is Evie ready to take that next step? Is she able? This is uncharted territory and no amount of gaming expertise or logistics can help her now.

George Romero directs this hilarious, modern take on the romantic comedy genre in Heller Theatre Company’s first play of their revamped 2016-17 season. The cast includes Oly Mistry, Robert Young, Anna Puhl, Garrett Coats, and features Laurel George and a host of amazing cameo appearances by some of Tulsa’s finest actors.

Performances are Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12 at 7:30PM and Nov. 13 at 2:00PM at Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave. This production is made possible through the generosity of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Heller Theatre Company is an inaugural member of Arts Alliance Tulsa.

This show contains mature themes and adult language.

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07 Oct 2016
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Playwriting Fundamentals

PLAYWRITING FUNDAMENTALS

with David Blakely

 Presented by Heller Theatre Company

Saturdays, Sept. 10 through Oct. 15, 2016
10:00AM-12:00 Noon
At Nightingale Theater,
Public reading of scenes Oct. 23, 2016

davidblakelyThis workshop will help the writer get thoughts down on paper and shape them into something the audience might engage with, and then see how your thoughts work on their feet.  The workshop will help move the writer into thinking theatrically.  Writers often think in words.  Playwrights think image, sound, people who want and think and do.  Experienced writers who have mastered this can take this opportunity to polish, refine and rewrite older pieces.  Everyone will be encouraged to write new short works.

David Blakely is a director, actor, designer, musician, award winning playwright and is the new Playwright-in-Residence for Heller Theatre Company.  He recently received the Kennedy Center Medallion for his “extraordinary contributions to the teaching and producing of theatre.” David has an MFA from the Iowa Playwrights Workshop and is Theatre Program Director at Rogers State University and a member of the Dramatists Guild, Inc.

COST: $75 (some partial scholarships available)





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17 Aug 2016
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Stage Management Class

Learn the basics of stage management! This session will be four hours and includes hands-on instruction from Melissa Sparks.

August 21st 1pm to 5pm at Henthorne PAC

Instructor Bio:
Melissa is from the small coastal town of Biloxi, Mississippi where she began working in theatre 15 years ago. Although theatre was meant to be just a hobby, she continued to work on productions in college while studying broadcasting and coaching the equestrian team. Melissa earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communications from Mississippi State University. After college, she worked at Stagedoor Manor and on Carnival Cruise Lines, but decided to make Tulsa her home in 2011. Since moving to Tulsa, Melissa has worked on over 20 productions with companies throughout Tulsa such as Theatre Tulsa, Clark Youth Theatre, Heller Theatre Co., Midwestern Theatre Troupe, and Odeum Theatre Company. When not at the theatre, Melissa worked in advertising for Senior Star Management Company as the Manager of Media and Programs until February 2015 where she now works full time in theatre with Theatre Tulsa as the Company Stage Manager and with Clark Youth Theatre as General Manager.


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NOTE: This workshop DOES NOT cover PAC certification.

 

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25 Jul 2016
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Audition Notice for “Open House”

AUDITION NOTICE

Heller Theatre Company is pleased to announce auditions for

The Open House

Written by Will Eno

Directed by George Romero

Performances

Nov. 4, 5, 11, 12 at 7:30PM
Nov. 13 at 2:00PM
Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave

ROLES

FATHER – 50s-60s
MOTHER – 50s-60s
DAUGHTER – 20s-30s
SON – 20s-30s
UNCLE – 40s-60s

The classic living room drama gets upended, spun around in circles, and tossed in the lap of Will Eno, dubbed by the New York Times as “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation. The Pulitzer Prize finalist’s absurd comedy explores family dynamics, the effects of cruelty, and the inevitability of change, with his trademark wit and vaudevillian wordplay. Eno received the 2014 Obie Award for Playwriting for The Open House, which also won the 2014 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play.

This show contains mature language and content.

Auditions: August 15 and 16 at 6pm, Henthorne PAC  4825 S. Quaker Ave

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.  Callbacks TBA.

 

 

 

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18 Jul 2016
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Tickets on sale for Heller Shorts 2016: “Short Circuit”

Heller Theatre Company continues its tradition of fostering local talent in its seventh annual short play festival “Heller Shorts.” Each year, Tulsans submit original short plays revolving around a specific theme and the selected scripts are performed as an evening of original works. From vaudevillian slapstick to social commentary, there is something for everyone.

This year’s playwrights include David Blakely, Charles Walter, Luke Thompson, Tess Paden, Donny Bailey, Daniel Hitzman, Lindsey Lewis, and Hunter Cates. Their scripts will be directed by Angela Adams, Sherry Zyskowski, Kia Dorsey, Charles Walter, Nick Lutke, Lewis Giles, and Angela McLaughlin. Performances are July 15 and 16 at 7:30PM and July 17 at 2:00PM at Nightingale Theater, 1416 E 4th Street. Talkbacks with the playwrights and directors are Friday, July 15 immediately following the production.

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 an inaugural member of Arts Alliance Tulsa. Heller Theatre Company ­ Compelling. Provocative. Engaging.

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05 Jul 2016
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Tickets now on sale for “I Wish You Actually Liked Me (and Other Familial Impossibilities)”

We actually like (and love) this show! Limited engagement, don’t miss your chance to miss exciting work from one of Tulsa’s own!

Local playwright and novelist Emile Adams shares her darkly comic take on family dynamics. One blended family’s holiday reunion turns into a cataclysmic showdown when middle child Olive examines her relationships and confronts her past. Can a family be reconciled if everyone has their own memories? Multiple realities collide on stage and the resulting explosion impacts everyone involved.

Laura Skoch directs this acerbic, all-too-real original work featuring Mackenzie Bryan, Nick Lutke, Whitney Thompson, Anthony Inkelaar, George Romero, Bryne Zuege, Patrick Hobbs, Tierney Shaw, Katie Swanston, and Mya Safary in Heller Theatre Company’s final play of the 2015-16 season.

Performances are May 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30PM and May 22 at 2:00PM at Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave. This production is made possible through the generosity of the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Heller Theatre Company is an inaugural member of Arts Alliance Tulsa.

This show contains mature themes and adult language. For more info call 918-609-0482 or reach us at info@hellertheatreco.com.

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16 Apr 2016
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