Tulsa Project Theatre's new leaders want to push boundaries
Matt Brown and Denny Mask are giving TPT productions a “rock ‘n’ roll sensibility.”
Matt Brown and Denny Mask
Tulsa Project Theatre wants to understand boundaries — why they exist and how to push them, according to its leadership.
Denny Mask, a former TPT actor and advisory board member, became the organization’s executive director in January 2017. Matt Brown, who has worked with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Theatre Co. and the Pollard Theatre, was hired as artistic director in August 2016.
Together, the two are giving TPT productions what Mask calls a “rock ‘n’ roll sensibility.” “We both share a similar aesthetic,” Mask says. “We are interested in material that is inherently edgy and provoking. And, of course, we love a good rock show.”
The shift was apparent in TPT’s seventh season, which began with the raunchy comedy “Avenue Q” this past February and continued with September’s “I Am My Own Wife,” the true story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transwoman who survived the Holocaust and Communist-oppressed Eastern Germany. In June, “Little Shop of Horrors” brought smoke, zombies and an anthropomorphic Audrey II to the PAC.
This month, TPT will produce “Four Chords and a Gun,” which centers on The Ramones as they work with music producer Phil Spector to record their fifth album. Written by John Ross Bowie of the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” the play is a regional premiere.
Mask is thrilled about what TPT’s new direction means for the city. “We’re continuing to bring our sensibility, our edginess, making Tulsa more exciting,” he says.
Feb. 16-18, 22-25
“Four Chords and a Gun”
8 p.m.: 16-17, 22-24; 2 p.m.: 18, 24-25. Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St. $30-$35; student and senior discounts available. Visit tulsaprojecttheatre.com.