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Theatre Pops’ production of Tulsa native Tracy Letts’ epic drama “August: Osage County” won the award for Outstanding Play at the 2014-15 Tulsa Awards for Theater Excellence ceremony, held Sunday night at Cain’s Ballroom.

The award earned Theatre Pops a cash prize of $10,000. It is the second straight year that Theatre Pops has won at the TATE awards — its production of “Seminar” was the third-place winner last year.

Heller, Clark theater programs top TATE awards | Tulsa World

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

TATE Awards to honor two legends of local theater | Tulsa World

Peggy V. Helmerich, who gave up a promising Hollywood career to move to Tulsa and become one of the city’s leading supporters of the arts, and Maybelle Wallace, who has guided Theatre North for more than 20 years, will be honored at the 2014 Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence ceremony. ...

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Arts: REVIEW: "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Theatre Tulsa | Tulsa World

By JAMES D. WATTS JR. World Scene Writer

Ernest Hemingway once said that the only hope a young artist has of making a name for himself is either to come up with something completely unique and original, or else beat dead men at their own game.

Theatre Tulsa’s new production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” is something of an attempt at the latter. Director Clayton B. Hodges has taken Oscar Wilde’s 1895 comedy of manners and relocates it in a kind of post-apocalyptic England circa 2126. ...

Wes Studi, Kitty Roberts receive special TATE awards; ATC recognized for excellence | Tulsa World

American Theatre Company won the award for Outstanding Production for "Of Mice and Men" at the fifth annual Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence, presented Sunday night at the Cascia Hall PAC. The company's staging of John Steinbeck's fable, about two drifters trying to hold on to the smallest of dreams during the harshest days of the Great Depression, won the $10,000 cash prize, the second time ATC has won this award. It also took top honors at the 2010 TATE awards for "12 Angry Men." 

Wes Studi, famed actor, set for TATE Distinguished Artist award | Tulsa World

Wes Studi holds a unique distinction among the recipients of the Distinguished Artist Award from the Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence. He's the only honoree to have appeared in a production nominated for the TATE Awards. That was in 2010, when Studi took time out from his work in films and television to play a role in "Buffalo Gallery," an original play by Julie Little Thunder presented by Thunder Road Theatre Company. 

Busy, Busy Week | Urban Tulsa Weekly

If you've ever been cast in a musical, then you are well aware of a backstage phenomenon that no one in the audience has any idea about: actors, as a coping mechanism against the occasional boredom and/or punch-drunkery that comes from hours and hours of rehearsal, sing their own versions of the songs being sung out on the stage. They're usually really, really dirty, incredibly tasteless and wrong, and any line that ends with the word "luck," well, you know what the rhyme will be.

It's one of the most fun things about doing musical theater.

11 shows up for Outstanding Production at TATE awards Sunday | Tulsa World

It's not every day that Hamlet must face down a family of zombies, or a corrupt president of the United States finds himself challenged by a pair of Dust Bowl-era drifters. But that is the case with the fifth annual Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence, which will be awarded at a ceremony Sunday. Sunday's event will also include the presentation of the Distinguished Artist Award to actor Wes Studi and the Mary Kay Place Legacy Award to American Theatre Company artistic director Kitty Roberts. 

Kitty Roberts to be honored at TATE awards | Tulsa World

Kitty Roberts, who has guided Tulsa's American Theatre Company since its inception, has been named the recipient of the Mary Kay Place Legacy Award from the Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence.

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Wes Studi to receive Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence's top honor | Tulsa World

Wes Studi, whose career has included memorable performances in the films "Last of the Mohicans," "Avatar" and "Germonino," will be the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Artist Award at the fifth annual Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence. Studi will be honored during the awards ceremony, to be held June 23 at the Cascia Hall PAC, 2525 S. Yorktown Ave. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by a question-and-answer session with Studi. The awards presentation will follow. 

The plays (and the musicals) are the thing this weekend | Tulsa World

This is quite a busy weekend in local theatre, with seven different shows either opening or concluding their runs.For those interested in the Tulsa Awards for Theatre Excellence, three shows that are in the running for a portion of the TATE’s $20,000 in cash awards can be seen this weekend.

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Review: "Of Mice and Men" by American Theatre Company | Tulsa World

For the Depression-era realism of his settings, and the plainspoken earthiness of his characters, John Steinbeck was essentially a fabulist.

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'Of Mice and Men' actors seek authenticity in Tulsa production | Tulsa World

John Steinbeck conjured up a host of memorable characters in his novels and stories, from the Joad family of "The Grapes of Wrath" to the denizens of such Monterey, Calif., neighborhoods as "Tortilla Flat" and "Cannery Row."

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Review: 'Radio Golf' star Andre Grayson shines in Theatre North play | Tulsa World

"Radio Golf" comes in loud and clear whenever Andre Grayson is on stage.

Grayson plays Sterling Johnson in Theatre North's production of this play by August Wilson, which opened this past weekend at the Tulsa PAC.

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Review "Time Stands Still" at Heller Theatre | Tulsa World

There is a scene in “Time Stands Still,” the Donald Margulies play that Heller Theatre opened Friday night at the Henthorne PAC, in which Sarah, a photojournalist, describes the sensation of taking a picture in the middle of the chaos of war.

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