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 Sept. 5 and runs through Sept. 15. The production 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 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 also additional 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 and Julia Roberts, who both received Academy Award nominations for their roles.
"August: Osage County" includes adult themes and language.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5-7 and Sept. 13-14, and 2 p.m. Sept. 8 and 15. Tickets cost $15 each or $13 for seniors and children age 13 and younger.
To purchase tickets, visit www.stagecoachplayers.com or call the box office at 815-758-1940.