“Buckle up! This is going to be one hell of a family reunion”
At the Westons’ Oklahoma farmhouse, the patriarch, Beverly, goes missing. The family gathers together at the farmhouse hoping for good news, but after five days, his body is found in a lake, a presumed suicide. The play takes us through the family’s pain, not just over Beverly’s death, but of living in a very dysfunctional family for many years. Violet, the drug-addicted, brain-addled matriarch, her three daughters, and their families try, unsuccessfully, to work out their problems from the time they arrive hoping to find Beverly, through his funeral, and on into the next day. Darkly comic, but also violent and sad, “August: Osage County” explores the painful issues all families have to face, and then some.
The cast includes:
Wade Livingston (Beverly Weston)
Anne Oberbroeckling (Violet Weston)
Abby Apple-Boes (Barbara Fordham)
Lisa Kraai (Ivy Weston)
Missy Moore (Karen Weston)
Jay Louden (Bill Fordham)
Christine Sharpe (Jean Fordham)
Matt Maxwell (Steve Heidebrecht)
Kerry Beebe (Mattie Fae Aiken)
Gary Leigh Webster (Charlie Aiken)
Shane Delavan (“Little” Charles Aiken)
Amanda Kowalski (Johnna Monevata)
Ken Paul (Sheriff Deon Gilbeau)
“August: Osage County” was the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and additionally won the 2008 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play. The 2009 US national tour first performed at Denver’s Buell Theatre.
Tracy Letts is also the author of Superior Donuts, which had its world premiere at Steppenwolf in 2008 and opened on Broadway in 2009; Man from Nebraska, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2003 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been produced in Chicago, London and New York; and Bug, which has played in New York, Chicago and London. Television credits include: The District, Profiler, Prison Break, The Drew Carey Show, Seinfeld and Home Improvement.
Abster Productions was created to promote and create theatrical, musical and artistic events in the Denver/Boulder area. Abby Apple Boes is the executive producer and has leveraged her business and entertainment background to create a production company that supports the arts in Colorado. The company is rounded out by a team of local artists from across the front range area.
Abster Productions presents the Regional Premiere of Pulitzer Prize winning “August: Osage County” September 7 – 30 and Tuesday, September 18 at The Dairy Center, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, September 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23; $20 Seniors/Students/Groups; $18 on Tuesday, September 18. Tickets are available by calling 303-444-7328 or online at thedairy.org.