Oklahoma City Theatre Company welcomes you.
As we begin our 18th season, BARELY LEGAL, we’re thinking about the varied meanings those words have for our audiences. On the surface, it’s a fun celebration of our company’s reaching the age of maturity. After 18 years, we’re the right age for being an “adult” theatre, and we are proud to continue to produce plays for grown-ups in Oklahoma City.
OKCTC has developed an identity as the professional company that seeks to be not only inclusive of, but an advocate for, millennial minority audiences. Sometimes this means offering raunchy, campy musicals like SILENCE!. More often it means doing the hard work of producing STOP KISS or THE MOST FABULOUS STORY EVER TOLD and asking audiences to engage in conversations about social issues that define and change communities. We recognize that educational theatre doesn’t just mean theatre for children. Adults seek theatre that educates as well, and theatre can be a powerful platform for communicating big ideas through empathy and entertainment.
While most of our shows are intended for audiences 18 years of age and older, we’re also offering BARELY LEGAL as our theme for a season of plays about issues of the world of 2016-17. There are now thousands of married couples in the United States of America whose marriages are only recently, and perhaps feel “barely,” legal. In the last year, we’ve been asked to publicly consider how the person entering the bathroom stall next to us might be “barely legal.” There are daily conversations on social media about systemic, domestic, and sexual violence that is sometimes ruled barely, and frighteningly, legal. In our own community is a history of prejudice that reminds us of how recently and often the public voices of underrepresented people were “barely legal.”
OKCTC creates opportunities for artists to perform plays that encourage audiences to experience a walk in someone else’s shoes, (hi)story from someone else’s perspective, and a laugh that isn’t at anyone’s expense. We are here to offer Live. Daring. Theatre. that is accessible to everyone and encourages empathy and communication between all members of our community. This season, Tracy’s Lett’s dark satire, KILLER JOE, will deliver an experience that evokes revulsion and thought as audiences enter his violent, illegal, and barely legal trailer park world. In Taylor Mac’s HIR, a 21st century dysfunctional family is the vehicle for sensational, dark comedy that inspires conversations about addiction, abuse, gender identity, and transformation. BEYOND THE STRATOSPHERE is Oklahoma City Playwright La’Charles Purvey’s reflection about AIDS and the African American experience. The Musical THE TOXIC AVENGER brings New Jersey’s Superhero to tackle global warming (and other bad guys), and our season features the 8th annual Native American Play Festival, which will feature Vicki Mooney’s new play BLOOD BOUNDARY about the 1921 Tulsa Riots.
Join us for a night at the theatre, and tell us what you think. Larry Flint’s BARELY LEGAL club became an icon for shocking fun, and experiences you couldn’t have at home. Our “adult night out” also offers to put you in the center of the action, with plenty to see and think about. After 18 years, like Larry, we know what you want!