Longest running play in America performed weekly; "The Drunkard" celebrates 60 years in Tulsa

TULSA - One of Tulsa's iconic theaters celebrates its 60 year anniversary.

The Spotlight Theater claims to be home to America's longest running play.

In 1953, a group of performers gave their first show called "The Drunkard" inside the Art Deco building. It's been running ever since.

The theater was built back in 1928 and served as a studio, recital hall and even private home over the years.

The theater is celebrating its anniversary weekend with a look back at the history of the 19th century melodrama about the evils of alcohol.

"It feels good to be a part of something that has been going on for so long and something that is so much part of Tulsa's history and culture," actor Stephen Ryan said.

Spotlighters are also looking to raise $4 million to renovate the building. The money will go towards repairs to electrical and plumbing systems and exterior and interior updates.

"It's a very old, 85 years and we're also built on a hill near a river so there's a little bit of structural damage that we want to help repair," actress Sommer Lyons said.

"The Drunkard" is performed every Saturday night at the Spotlight Theater. The curtains open at 7:30 pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $10 for children 12 and under.

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