An Enemy of The People
The 1,200-mile Keystone XL Pipeline was designed to provide a direct route
from Canada and send 830,000 barrels of oil a day passing through a pipeline
hub in Cushing, Oklahoma. An Enemy of the People, a darkly comic drama,
incorporates Oklahoma’s oil industry, fracking, wastewater wells and
earthquakes, making the play supremely relevant to the world we now live in.
This World Premiere play is written by Tulsa playwright David Blakely. Besides
the fracking and freedom of the press issues the play is about family. An
Enemy of the People is recommended for Mature Audiences.
A Christmas Carol
Three spirits visit the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, and take him on a fantastic
journey through Christmases past, present, and future in a play that has
delighted Tulsa audiences for 44 years. A Christmas Carol is the timeless tale
of hope and redemption that comes to life in ATC’s enchanting production.
Brimming with joyful songs, holiday spirits, and holiday cheer, American
Theatre Company’s magical musical boldly imagines Dickens’ classic tale of
joy, redemption, and the spirit of Christmas. Celebrate the season with the
ones you love. Revisit or start you family tradition this year. A Christmas Carol the
Movie returns for two showings at the Admiral Twin Drive-In.
Laughing Wild, by the legendary observer of human nature, Christopher
Durang, is a provocative, inventive, and very funny study of the perils of
modern life in urban America. Unique in form, the play consists of two
monologues (one for each performer) plus a hilarious playlet which brings the
two together and explores more fully the converging dreams and themes set
forth in their solo expositions. When Christopher Durang wrote his absurdist
nervous breakdown of a play 30 plus years ago, the play reflected the anxiety
of living in a world gone mad during the AIDS epidemic--much like today with
Covid-19. Recommended for Mature Audiences.
The Elephant Man
John Merrick, a horribly deformed young man – victim of rare skin and bone
diseases – becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows. Found
abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to the prestigious Whitechapel
Hospital. 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. The audience will see,
through the eyes of Dr. Frederick Treves, the intellect, emotional depth, and
pure humanity that is John Merrick. Recommended for Mature Audiences.
The mystery noir thriller Dead Ringer, by Gino Dilorio, is set in the Wild West of
the 19th Century in Sunset Valley, Texas. There are not a lot of film noir
westerns, but that genre turns out to be a winning combination in this case.
Tyrus Cole, a horse trainer, lives on a ranch with his invalid sister Mary.
Because he can't watch her during the day, Tyrus has Mary confined to a root
cellar. When Dwight Foley arrives at the ranch seeking help with his horse, the
play takes a turn. The three find themselves trapped in a complex web of
greed and secrets. Dead Ringer is recommended for mature audiences.
Summer Theatre Camp
ATC's Exciting Summer Theatre Camp Returns
American Theatre Company
Bringing award-winning theatre to Tulsa for over for 50 years
ATC believes community theatre provides locals with a platform from which they can express themselves without judgement – something we need more of in today’s social media saturated environment. These powerful live performances can remind us of how we can work together to better our society.
For over fifty years American Theatre Company has been and remains committed to being a responsible partner in the elimination of systemic racism in American institutions. Black, Indigenous, Persons of Color and members of the LGBTQ community are enthusiastically welcome at our auditions, on our Board, on our production teams and on our stage. Your work, your talents, and most importantly, your lives matter.
American Theatre Company at a Glance
Serving the Tulsa Community for over 50 years
Started in 1970 by Kitty Roberts and a group of former University of Tulsa students, American Theatre Company has grown to be one of the largest community advocates for theatrical arts in the diverse community of Tulsa. The organization is supported by over 200 regular volunteers annually. Since its founding as an independent non-profit in 1977, American Theatre Company has served the community by producing more than 350 plays and musicals, attended by more than 100,000 audience members. The 2019-2020 season marked the Golden Anniversary of the company, celebrating 50 years of providing Tulsa with the highest quality of live theatre. American Theatre Company is organized as a nonprofit in the State of Oklahoma and is a recognized 501(c)(3).
“I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being.”
Ways We Help
We celebrate the power of the theatre to shape the cultural landscape of Tulsa.
Theatre at its best is a mirror – a reflection of who we are – young or old. Audiences can look at characters in a play and identify with them, disagree with them, be appalled by them…realizing that theatre holds a mirror up to our humanity. In today’s world, there are many avenues to tell stories – film, television, blogs, the internet, etc. – but there is nothing that has the impact of being in the audience at a live theatre performance and experiencing the story telling with the actors and other audience members live and in-person. That is why American Theatre Company believes in presenting great stories well told. This model recognizes the impact and power of the theatre to shape the cultural landscape of Tulsa and the next generation of theatrical artists.
American Theatre company brings together our local youth and adults for a common goal – to put on a great production. It can teach everyone about working with one another and bettering themselves as individuals - and as a whole. The audience also benefits from the effort, not only in the form of a performance, but because they get to experience a diverse group of people working together as one. ATC is proud to partner with many other non-profits in Tulsa and the surrounding area.