Stage Coach Players moves to rural Oklahoma as its 2019 season continues with the 2008 Pulitzer and Tony award-winning drama, August: Osage County, by Tracy Letts.
The large Weston family is forced to reunite at their rural Oklahoma homestead after its patriarch disappears. The result is an explosion of repressed truths and unsettling secrets.
Directed by Craig Gustafson, who last directed Urinetown, the Musical for Stage Coach in 2014, August: Osage County opens on September 5th and runs through September 15th. It was hailed by the New York Times as a “hugely entertaining… ripsnorter full of blistering, funny dialogue, acid-etched characterizations, and scenes of no-holds-barred emotional combat.”
August: Osage County is sponsored by Clark and Arlene Neher of DeKalb. Several weeks after Beverly Weston, once-famous poet, interviews and hires a young woman for a position as a live-in cook and caregiver for his wife Violet, who is being treated for mouth cancer, he disappears.
After five days, a few family members have gathered in the house to provide support for Violet including her daughter Ivy, her sister Mattie Fae and Mattie Fae’s husband. As she attempts to track down her husband, Violet spends the time sniping at her family, particularly Ivy, whom she criticizes for her mode of dress and lack of a romantic life.
Eventually, news comes that Beverly’s boat is missing, furthering the fear that he has committed suicide. Additional family comes to the homestead to bring comfort but additional bring acrimony. August: Osage County premiered at Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on June 28, 2007, racking up high praise and six Jeff Awards including Best New Work. Moving to Broadway in October, the drama earned seven Tony nominations, winning in five categories.
Among the awards, Letts won for best play and Anna Shapiro garnered the Tony Award for Best Direction. A film version of August: Osage County was released with an all-star cast in 2013 including Meryl Streep as Violet and Julia Roberts, both who received Academy Award nominations for their roles. August: Osage County includes adult themes and language.
Performances are September 5th through September 7th and September 13thand September 14th with a curtain time of 7:30 pm, along with Sunday matinees on September 8th and September 15th with a curtain time of 2:00 pm.
Tickets are $15.00 each or $13.00 for seniors and children age 13 and under. To purchase tickets, visit our online website at www.stagecoachplayers.com.
You can also call the Stage Coach box office which opens Sunday, June 23rd.
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