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AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

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By Tracy Letts

  • Dates: April 13 – 29, 2018
  • Times: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM / Sundays at 2 PM
  • Ticket Prices: $25 for VIP / $19 for General Seating (Student & Senior Discounts Available)
  • August is suitable for adults and older teenagers, as it contains extremely strong language and mature themes.
Journal Inquirer Review by Tim Leininger

BWW Review: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY at Little Theatre Of Manchester At Cheney Hall

“Director Michael Forgetta brings out the best in this stellar cast, creating a first-rate show that draws the audience right into the story, with a deliberate intensity so powerful that it enables us to feel the characters’ emotions.” READ MORE

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“AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY” BRINGS THE WESTON FAMILY’S SPIRALING DOMESTIC CRISIS TO CHENEY HALL

Little Theatre of Manchester will present Tracy Letts’ AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY from April 13 to April 29, 2018, at Cheney Hall.

The sweltering August heat of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. A vanished father. A mother that pops pills like jellybeans. Three sisters harboring shameful secrets. Playwright Tracy Letts’ brutal and hilarious masterpiece will lift you out of your seat with laughter one moment and stun you into silence the next. But be warned, the Weston’s venom-tongued matriarch Violet serves up so much bitter hilarity and poignancy, don’t be surprised if you need a few antacids after this family dinner.

Honored in 2008 with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and five Tony Awards (including Best Play), the Broadway production of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY was reviewed as “hugely entertaining! A ripsnorter full of blistering, funny dialogue, acid-etched characterizations, and scenes of no-holds-barred emotional combat. The fiercely funny and bitingly sad August: Osage County is a turbo-charged tragicomedy that is a feast for actors and audiences alike.” by the New York Times.

Artistic Director Michael Forgetta Helms
LTM member Michael Forgetta is directing this family dramedy in his third year as Artistic Director at LTM. Since 1991, Michael has been an active LTM member as an actor, director, and administrator. He has over 30 years of both amateur and professional theater experience, including directing LTM’s recent productions of Godspell, Company, and Barefoot in the Park.

“[August] is one of the best plays written in the 21st century. It has comedy, drama, and pathos; it is outrageous, yet connects with reality,” says Forgetta. “It’s a challenging show for both our actors and audiences. It is a show that needs to be experienced, and we are thrilled to give our patrons a chance to see it.”

“But it’s a work not for the faint of heart,” warns Forgetta. August is suitable for adults and older teenagers, as it contains extremely strong language and mature themes.

Award-Winning Play
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY debuted at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, moving directly to Broadway at the Imperial Theater in 2007. The production transferred to the Music Box Theatre on April 29, 2008. The Broadway show closed on June 28, 2009, after 648 performances and 18 previews, winning 5 Tony Awards: Best Play, Best Leading Actress in a Play (Deanna Dunagan), Best Featured Actress in a Play (Rondi Reed), Best Direction of a Play (Anna D Shapiro), and Best Scenic Design of a Play (Todd Rosenthal). August: Osage County also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008 Following its Tony Award-winning New York run, the production began its US National Tour in 2009 with Estelle Parsons as the matriarch Violet Weston. August was made into a film in 2013 with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Chris Cooper, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The film was nominated for two Golden Globes and two Academy Awards.

PASSPORT TO LTM
For the 2018 season, LTM is pleased to continue to offer its PASSPORT TO LTM program. With support from the H. Louise Ruddell Charitable Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, LTM launched PASSPORT TO LTM in 2017 to help ensure that all interested citizens, regardless of their ability to afford it, have access to quality performing arts programs. PASSPORT provides free or deeply subsidized tickets to adults, families, and children identified by area educational, cultural and social service providers.

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CAST of CHARACTERS

  • Beverly: Woody
  • Violet: Debi Freund
  • Barbara: Jane Cerosky
  • Bill: Mark Lariviere
  • Jean: Jackie DeMaio
  • Ivy: Alysa Auriemma
  • Karen: Tina Huey
  • Steve: Shawn Procuniar
  • Mattie Fae: Angela Dias
  • Charles: Bill Emerson
  • Little Charles: Andrew Rosenstein
  • Sheriff Deon Gilbeau: Daniel Patterson
  • Johnna: Alexandra DeHart
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PORCH SWING / $8 @ the Bar

On Friday and Saturday nights, enjoy a PLAYFUL COCKTAIL mixed by our friends at Hartford Flavor Company! In the Oklahoma AUGUST heat, there’s often no better place to find relief and comfort than on a PORCH SWING.

Porch Swing
1.5 oz Wild Moon Lime
1 oz Bourbon
2 oz Green Tea
2 Dashes Rhubarb Bitters
Dash Fresh Lime Juice

“The nose is bright, sparkling, and citrusy sweet, with hints of sunshine and warm weather. The mouth puckers in anticipation of the experience. The initial taste is bitter-sweet and has long layers of tart citrus. As it lingers, the lime juice essence leads to the astringent hints of lime peel and the sweet caramel sugar. The flavor takes its time to reveal, being both sour and tangy, smooth and limey. The bright liquid lingers with memories of summer, grapefruit, hints of banana, and lemon in the finish. The sweet and sour balance leaves you wanting more.”

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