Local playwright David Blakely updates Henrik Ibsen’s 1882 drama, setting it in Cushing, Oklahoma, and focusing on how fracking is changing the environment and threatening the town. Like the original, this modern adaptation shows how political pressure can make doing the right thing dangerous — both for the truth-teller and for an entire town. Julie Tattershall will direct.
An Inconvenient Truth, Rebel, Erin Brockovich
Tulsa Opera takes its second at-bat with Puccini’s brief, beloved comedy Gianni Schicchi. This delightful duplicity will be followed by favorite highlights from the most famous operas of Puccini and Verdi. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
At a Catholic school in the Bronx in 1964, Sister Aloysius does not approve of teachers offering friendship and compassion over the discipline she feels students need in order to face the harsh world. When she suspects a new priest of sexually abusing a student, the first black student ever admitted to St. Nicholas, she is faced with the prospect of charging the priest with unproven allegations and possibly destroying his career as well as her own. To help build her case, she asks for help from an idealistic young nun, who finds her faith challenged.
He’s young, he’s broke, his landlord’s knocking at the door, and he’s just found out his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small-town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a B-level drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business — and himself.
Get up, get on, and get ready for the ride of your life! It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re about to roller-coaster up and down mountains, slip-slide over ice fields, teeter across mile-high bridges and be served hot chocolate by singing waiters more astonishing than any you can imagine. You’re on The Polar Express! Tom Hanks stars in and Robert Zemeckis directs this instant holiday classic filmed in dazzling performance-capture animation that makes every moment magical. “Seeing is believing,” says a mysterious hobo who rides the rails with you. You’ll see wonders. And you’ll believe. All aboooooard!
Led by renowned conductor Sarah Hicks, this program features enticing and stirring works such as Lili Boulanger’s D’un matin de printemps, Poulenc’s Les biches (The Does), William Grant Still’s Darker America, and Stravinsky’s thrilling Petrouchka. Program: Lili Boulanger – D’un matin de printemps Poulenc – Les biches (The Does) William Grant Still – Darker America Stravinsky – Petrouchka
The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra returns home to the Tulsa Performing Arts Center this fall for “Triumph,” featuring Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade, Liszt’s Les Preludes, and culminating with Beethoven’s regal Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” featuring renowned pianist Garrick Ohlsson. Award winning conductor Lina Gonzalez-Granados will lead this performance. Program: Shostakovich – Festive Overture Coleridge-Taylor – Ballade Liszt – Les Preludes Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 5 “Emperor” * tickets go on sale September 9th
With brand-new choreography by Tulsa Ballet’s past and present Resident Choreographers, and spectacular new sets and costumes by Tracy Grant Lord, Tulsa’s holiday tradition returns with an all-new blockbuster production of The Nutcracker. Taking audiences back to the original setting of 19th century Germany, this larger than life production brings the Victorian era to life with lavish visuals to tell the story of a young girl’s magical journey on Christmas Eve. From the epic battle between the Nutcracker Prince’s army of toy soldiers and the Mouse King’s rodent minions, to the enchanting land of the Snow Queen followed by the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Kingdom of Sweets, a cast of close to 100 local children joins the dancers of Tulsa Ballet to create a lifetime of memories for young and old. The Nutcracker is sponsored by The HA and Mary K Chapman Foundations and the Suzanne and Jim Kneale Family Foundation.
In collaboration with the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission, this multimedia experience combines dance with documentary film to explore the events of 1921 and the path forward to hope and healing. This year, on the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, choreographer Jennifer Archibald is telling this tragic story through dance, captivating visuals, and footage from the actual event for an important and unforgettable theatrical experience. This program will also feature the return of Flight of Fancy, fast-paced and lively piece by Ma Cong.
The Dreams, an all-girl trio of soul singers, rise to the top of the pop charts and become superstars. But can they survive the cold, competitive world of show business?
The Great Divorce — C.S. Lewis’ mesmerizing fantasy about heaven, hell and the choice between them — comes to life with Lewis’ signature wit, amazing actors and dazzling, state-of-the-art stagecraft! Lewis’ brilliantly drawn characters take a fantastical bus trip from hell to the outskirts of paradise. Each receives an opportunity to stay . . . or return to hell, forever divorced from heaven. The choice proves more challenging than imagined.
Founded in 2003 by violinist Annette von Hehn, cellist Stefan Heinemeyer and pianist Thomas Hoppe, the prize-winning ATOS Trio strives to convey the same spirit as in string quartet playing. PROGRAMS: Saturday, November 13, 2021 7:30 p.m. Williams Theatre Beethoven Piano Trios, Part 1 Trio in G Major, Op. 1, No. 2 Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, “Ghost” Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 11, “Gassenhauer” Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 70, No. 2 Sunday, November 14, 2021 3:00 p.m. Williams Theatre Pre-concert lecture at 2:15 p.m. Beethoven Piano Trios, Part 2 Trio in E-flat Major, Op. 1, No. 1 Trio in C Minor, Op. 1, No. 3 Trio in B-flat Major, Op. 97, “Archduke” * tickets coming soon
Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. Performing: Haydn: Quartet in D-Major, Op. 71 No.2 Bach/Adolphe: ContraDictions Bach/Mackey: Lude Schubert: Quintet for Strings in C-Major, D 956 The Quartet will be joined by Michael Kannen, Brentano’s original cellist.