New York production of “The Rivalry” coming to Tulsa

Monday, November 09, 2009

The most famous debates in U.S. history will come to life during an upcoming theatrical presentation at Gilcrease Museum on Nov. 19-22.

The 1858 debates between Stephen Douglas and Abraham Lincoln are the basis for the dramatic reenactment in Norman Corwin’s “The Rivalry,” which will be performed by the Vincent Dowling Theatre Company.

The five Tulsa performances will be presented in the Tom Gilcrease Jr. Auditorium at Gilcrease Museum, 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Road. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 19 to Sunday, November 22, with a 1:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

The Vincent Dowling Theatre Company will bring its full cast from off-Broadway performances at The Irish Repertory Theatre for the Tulsa performances. Dowling, who will direct the show, is Lifetime Associate Director and former Artistic Director of the Abbey Theatre, Ireland’s National Theatre.

Considered one of Corwin's most engaging works, ‘The Rivalry’ brings to life the historic debates between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas in 1858. These debates covered a variety of issues, none more important than the conflict between the rights of states and the concept of individual human rights.

A reception will be held in the museum’s Vista Room following the Thursday performance. Patrons of opening night will have the opportunity to meet the cast and get photographs.

Tickets are available online at, or by phone at (918) 566-7111 or (800) 364-7111. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Ticket Office between 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday and at Reasor’s outlets. Remaining tickets will be available at the door. Adult tickets are $30. Senior citizens, TU Faculty and Staff, and Gilcrease Members can purchase tickets for $25 and student tickets are $8.

“The Rivalry” is presented by The University of Tulsa, Gilcrease Museum, The University of Tulsa College of Law, and the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa. Additional information may be found at

Jimmy Hart