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It began on Nov. 14, 1953 and has never stopped! That’s how The Drunkard became America’s longest-running play. More than 3,000 Tulsans have participated on or offstage. More than a quarter-million have seen the show, making it a laughter-filled Tulsa tradition in which temperance triumphs and evildoers receive their merited fates. There are even tomatoes to throw at the villain!
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To honor and memorialize this gem of Tulsa history, a group of Spotlight patrons joined with donors from the community, architecture buffs, and the family of Patti Shriner to create this monument.
The Tulsa Spotlight Theater Historical Monument is a black granite slab sourced from Sri Lanka. The monument literally "sets in stone" the significance and history of the Spotlight Theater. The monument is etched with text and historical photos telling the story of original owner Patti Shriner and building architect Bruce Goff. It features Spotlight co-founder Richard Mansfield Dickinson, Tulsa Spotlighters, and a number of principal actors and performers who have graced the stage of the Spotlight Theatre over the decades.
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In September 2022 we lost a Spotlight Theater Legend. Jere Uncapher had been part of the Spotlight Theater since 1957 when he was just 12 years old. There isn’t anyone who has come to the theater in the past 65 years who hadn’t met Jere. He was the heart of the Spotlight Theater and the Spotlight Children’s Theatre. He worked tirelessly in every facet of the theater. It was more than his job; it was his favorite place to be. He will be missed by his Spotlight family and friends.