• APRIL 5 - APRIL 27
  • Carpenter Square Theatre, Oklahoma City
  • Every 1 week(s) between
    April 5, 2019 and April 27, 2019
  • Category: Theater & Dance: All

Event Details

  • Every 1 week(s) between
    April 5, 2019 and April 27, 2019
  • Thursdays, 7:30 pm
  • Fridays, 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 8:00 pm
  • Sundays, 2:00 pm
  • For tickets, please call: (405) 232-6500


Event Description

See website for showtimes Just in time for tax season, Carpenter Square Theatre presents “Death Tax” March 29-April 20. Lucas Hnath’s darkly comic tale about death and taxes and how we live with both will be presented at the theater, located at 800 W. Main in downtown Oklahoma City. It's December. Maxine is a well-to-do elderly woman in poor health who may or may not have dementia. Confined to her bed in a nursing home, Maxine believes her daughter is paying her caregiver Tina to gently nudge her into the grave before the New Year begins. She thinks she's doing this so her daughter doesn't have to pay the hefty new estate taxes that will take effect on January 1. Nurse Tina denies it, but when Maxine offers her a portion of her sizable estate on the condition that she lives until the 1st, Tina has a big decision to make. A plan is hatched, but of course, the plan doesn't go according to plan. “Death Tax” stars Aiesha Watley as Nurse Tina, a Haitian immigrant who is working hard to bring her young son back to America. Linda McDonald is Maxine, the wealthy older woman in Tina’s care. Cam Taylor portrays Tina’s supervisor, and Katy Hayes is Maxine’s daughter. Director Mark Fairchild guides the production with assistance from Johnlee Lookingglass as stage manager. Ben Hall is in charge of the set design and execution, Rhonda Clark is the costume designer, and Jay C. Schardt is the lighting designer. Specific performance dates and times over four weeks are: 8 p.m. March 29-30 and April 5-6, 7:30 p.m. April 11, 8 p.m. April 12-13, 2 p.m. Sunday, April 14, and it continues at 7:30 p.m. April 18, and 8 p.m. April 19-20. The play is rated PG-13 for strong language. In conjunction with the play, the theater’s lobby gallery will host a group show with the work of photography students from Rose State College. The exhibit may be viewed starting one hour before each performance or by appointment Tuesday-Friday afternoons. “Death Tax” is supported in part by the Oklahoma Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and Allied Arts. Season Sponsors include Ed and Janet Bucknell and Mel and Cindy Ables. Ticket Sponsors are Tony and Jena Howlett and Karyl Lee. Regular adult tickets are $25 with $20 tickets available for seniors aged 62 or more, military, and groups of ten or more. Educator tickets are $10 and students are only $5. Two-for-one tickets may be purchased when presenting the Allied Arts City Card or when attending Thursday evening performances. Reservations are highly recommended for the intimate 90-seat theater. For tickets, call 405-232-6500 or email csttix@coxinet.net. Visit www.carpentersquare.com for more information. "Sobering, shattering…Hnath's incisive script examines the moral questions raised when the issues are muddy." —BackStage. "Hnath's compelling drama examines American ideas about death, dying and money." —Louisville Courier-Journal.