August: Osage County

by Tracy Letts

 

6 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’s particular art of cruelty, while her teenage grand-daughter is wise beyond her years, the result of living among 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

 

creative team

Director Louise Fischer
Set and Costume Designer Sallyanne Facer
Lighting Designer Michael Schell
Sound Designer David Cashman
Assistant Director Alex Bryant-Smith
Dialect Coach Will Reilly
Production Manager Rosane McNamara
Stage Manager Christopher Starnawski
ASMs Sai Kasivajjula, Harriet Snaith
Operator Lexie Dent

cast

Adrian Adam, James Bean 
Kirra Farquharson, Peter Flett
Jake Fryer-Hornsby, Brett Heath
Lynden Jones, Sonya Kerr
Alice Livingstone, Amy Scott-Smith
Helen Stuart, Emilia Stubbs Grigoriou
Emily Weare

dates/times

Previews (6 & 7 June) 7:30pm
Opening Night Friday 8 June 7:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30pm

Sunday 5pm
Saturday 7 July 2pm only

tickets

Full $35
Concessions, Groups (6+) $30
New Theatre Members $22
Previews, Thrifty Thursdays $20

School Groups $22
Accompanying teachers free
Bookings manager@newtheatre.org.au

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