Local scripts take the stage
Heller Theatre introduces its Second Sunday Serials program.
Nick Lutke and Mackenzie Bryan in Emile Adams’ “I Wish You Actually Liked Me (and Other Familial Impossibilities)” from Heller Theatre’s 2016-17 season
Heller Theatre Co.’s 2017-18 season, which began in September, features 42 original plays written by local talent. The independent, nonprofit theater currently is focusing exclusively on Oklahoma playwrights.
“It’s important because even though Tulsa has a lot of fantastic places to work on acting, directing, lighting and all of the technical elements, there isn’t a lot of playwriting,” says Nick Lutke, community affairs coordinator and treasurer.
In addition to the company’s full-length presentations and annual shorts project, Heller Theatre produces Second Sunday Serials reminiscent of the classic radio serial shows. Each month, five 10-minute scenes are performed, and the audience votes on its favorite. The top three return the following month for their next installments, along with two new scenes.
“It’s an exciting way for the playwrights to work on individual pieces that also fit into a larger narrative,” Lutke says.
Second Sunday Serial
7 p.m. Agora Event Center, 1402 S. Peoria Ave., Suite 200