August: Osage County
by Tracy Letts
5 June – 7 July
“My wife takes pills and I drink. That’s the bargain we’ve struck”
In the scorching heat of an Oklahoma summer, the Weston family has come together due to the disappearance of their patriarch, a world-class poet and alcoholic.
Violet, the matriarch, is depressed, addicted to pain-killers, and ruthlessly honest in her opinions. Her three daughters harbour problematic lovers and deep secrets. Violet’s younger sister, Mattie Fae and her family are well-versed in the Weston family art of cruelty, while her teenage grand-daughter is wise beyond her years, the result of living amongst these warring adults. Observing the chaos is the young, recently-employed housekeeper, a newcomer to this battlefield.
As the temperature soars, so do the familial tensions, boiling over in vicious point-scoring and score-settling to sensationally entertaining effect.
This insightful and compassionate study of a family in meltdown is both dense and deeply funny, a brilliant example of the best of contemporary American drama and a theatrical juggernaut of epic proportions.
Winner: 2008 Tony Award for Best Play
Winner: 2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play
Winner: 2008 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play
Winner: 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
“The most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years” The New York Times
Director Louise Fischer
to be announced
Previews (5 & 6 June) 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm
Saturday 7 July 2pm only