By TRACY LETTS
Directed by TERRENCE J. NOLEN
On the F. Otto Haas Stage September 29 - October 30, 2011
A father disappears on a hot summer night. A pill-popping mother summons her grown daughters back home. Dinner is served, lies are told, and the battle commences. We continue our tradition of presenting great American family stories with this fiercely funny Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play. A vivid portrait of familial dysfunction brought to life by an all-star Philadelphia cast.
Recommended for 9th grade and older. Contains adult language and themes, including drug abuse and sexual situations, some involving a teenager.
Runtime: 3.5 hours (including 2 intermissions) "I don't care if August: Osage County is 3 1/2 hours long. I wanted more."
"Nuanced and courageous"
"We watch a family ferociously shred each other, but, surprisingly, although the play is a tragedy, it’s a funny one."
–The Philadelphia Inquirer [Review]
"August: Osage County in a production that ranks among the best in the company’s 23-year history… Letts creates characters that allow the actors to display the full range of their capabilities and director Terrence J. Nolen’s esteemed cast takes full advantage of the opportunity...For sheer dramatic impact the Arden’s production of August: Osage County is about as thrilling as Philly theater gets."
–Philadelphia Weekly [Review]
"Plate-Smashingly Awesome…endlessly fascinating to watch…a fantastic play done justice by a great local cast"
–The Onion A.V. Club [Review]
"Tracy Letts' extraordinary play is the blackest comedy I've seen in years. It's also the funniest. This fine production at the Arden Theatre Co. is highly recommended for anyone who wants to rejoice in the creative energy of American theater. (and how wonderful to see this large piece in a relatively intimate space!) "
–City Paper [Review]
"The solid marriage of a top-notch production brought to life by first-rate performers."
–KYW Newsradio [Review]
"August: Osage County is the most accessible of any of theater’s “important” plays… The Arden’s thrust stage brings the cast closer to the audience, again increasing our involvement with the action… Although each of these actors is a familiar stage personality, here they totally become denizens of Osage County, Oklahoma."
–Broad Street Review [Review]
"Nothing short of enrapturing and led me to easily forget all preconceptions of the show… sprawling, ambitious, and consistently entertaining show.. one of those rare American masterpieces that so perfectly reflects all of the love and problems we all have with our own family. Anyone who wants to see a witty and heartfelt play in Philadelphia needs to add this show to his or her must-see list before it ends its run."
In the News–
Getting serious: Passionately pursue an acting career? Not this Merion teen. But then she landed a plum. –The Philadelphia Inquirer [Read More]
Lower Merion teen has plum part in Arden production –Montgomery News [Read More]
Elena Araoz (Johnna Monevata)
Carla Belver (Violet Weston)
Kevin Bergen (Sheriff Deon Gilbeau)
Corinna Burns (Ivy Weston)
Charlie DelMarcelle (Little Charles Aiken)
Dylan Gelula (Jean Fordham)
Grace Gonglewski (Barbara Fordham)
Eric Hissom (Bill Fordham)
David Howey (Beverly Weston)
Anthony Lawton (Steve Heidebrecht)
Mary Martello (Mattie Fae Aiken)
Paul L. Nolan (Charlie Aiken)
Kathryn Petersen (Karen Weston)
Dan Conway Costume Designer
Alison Roberts Lighting Designer
Thom Weaver Sound Designer
James Sugg Stage Manager
Alec E. Ferrell