Hendersonville Community Theatre continues its critically-acclaimed 53rd season with Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, August: Osage County. Letts’ jaw-dropping masterpiece runs May 31 to June 9 on the theatre’s main stage.
August: Osage County uproariously examines the dark underbelly of an American family plagued by addiction. The large Weston family reunites after a former college professor and one-time famous poet, Beverly Weston, disappears from his residence outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Daughters Barbara, Ivy and Karen reluctantly return home to their cancer-stricken and drug-addled mother, Violet. The Westons have many sins and family secrets, and the family homestead explodes in a maelstrom with Violet leading the assault.
Brutal and hilarious, August: Osage County shook audiences when it first exploded onto the American stage. It debuted in 2007 at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre before moving to Broadway, and it was quickly awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and multiple Tony Award, including Best Play of 2008. In 2014, August: Osage County was turned into an Oscar-nominated film featuring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts. Letts based the show in part on his own family’s tragedies and his drug-addicted mother.
Directed by Beth Norris, August: Osage County features a cast of 13, including CC Blackburn as Violet. She is joined on stage by area actors Tate Albert, Stan Baranowski, Kelly Barnett, Jess Holderbaum, Matilyn Hull. Victoria Lamberth, Jennifer Memolo, Shawna O. Shook, Allison Starling, Steven Turner and Jordan Wright.
Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount. August: Osage County is recommended for mature audience due to references to alcohol and drugs, adult and sexual references and strong language, some of which may be considered blasphemous.
Tickets are $15-$25 and are available online at HendersonvilleTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (828) 692-1082.
Hendersonville Community Theatre is located at 229 S. Washington Street.