R.U.R. by Karel Capek
directed by Laurie Carlson
Rossum’s Universal Robots turns out millions of manufactured workmen with no souls, desires or feelings. Helena Glory, president of the Humanitarian League, comes to the factory to ascertain what can be done to improve their condition. Later, due to Helena’s desire to have the Robots more like human beings, the head of the experimental department has secretly changed the formula and there are enough humanized robots to make ringleaders and a world revolt of Robots is under way. The play was originally produced in 1920, and introduced the word “Robot” to the world. As artificial intelligence becomes more a part of everyday life this piece of science fiction becomes a cautionary tale of how humankind could invent itself out of existence.
A Christmas Carol
by Robert Odle and Richard Averill
directed by Edward Durnal
In December American Theatre Company continues the holiday tradition and again brings the Tulsa original A Christmas Carol to the Williams stage at the Tulsa PAC. Experience this joyous and opulent musical adaptation with book, lyrics and music by Tulsans Robert Odle and Richard Averill. This heart-warming production traces the money-hoarding skinflint Ebenezer Scrooge’s triumphant overnight journey to redemption, illuminating the meaning of the holiday season in a way that has resonated for generations. Revisit or start you family tradition this December.
The Reckoning of Kit & Little Boots
by Nat Cassidy
American Theatre Company once again presents the Oklahoma Premiere of a rollicking play by Nat Cassidy. As he lies dying of a stab wound to the face, Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe’s life flashes before his eyes (or rather, eye); his host for this journey is his own personal Mephistopheles, the character about whom he never got to write: the insane Roman emperor, Caligula. Winner of the New York Innovative Theatre Award, Outstanding Full-Length Script, 2009, the play uses biting humor and adventurous thinking to ultimately pay homage to Marlowe’s tremendous talent.
The Elephant Man
by Bernard Pomerance
directed by Lisa Wilson
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man – victim of rare skin and bone diseases – he becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream – to become a man like any other.