Wolfville Theatre Collective Returns with Tony and Pulitzer Prize Winning Drama
Family is a funny thing. We all have a family, whether we want them or not, and each member of our family is so unique and creates a piece of the fun, weird and sometimes frustrating puzzle that makes up the family unit. Well, if you think your family has troubles, a history, a sometimes fun and other times tragic way of dealing with each other; you haven’t seen anything until you’ve met the family in Tracy Letts’ Tony and Pulitzer-Prize winning play August: Osage County!
The Wolfville Theatre Collective, the independent theatre company that brought the Valley acclaimed productions of Death of a Salesman, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Glass Menagerie and Tuesdays With Morrie, returns in November with August: Osage County and they couldn’t be more excited to present this work to Valley audiences for the first time! This deep, profound, hilarious, poignant dramatic comedy will make you see family in a whole new light.
Come spend the evening with the Weston family; including matriarch Violet, her husband Beverly, extended family Maddie Fae and Charles, and the three Weston daughters Ivy, Barbara, and Karen. As well, we throw in the Sheriff, Niece, Housemaid, Cousin and more as the Weston’s dig up old skeletons, tear at each others’ pasts, and reveal deep, dark family secrets over the course of several weeks in August, outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
Can you guess what happens when a pill-popping mother, three sisters harbouring shady secrets and a large family unexpectedly reunites after the father of the Weston clan disappears? Well, soon after the family comes together, the homestead explodes in a maelstrom of unsettling secrets, repressed truths and the love and hate that make up family. Matriarch Violet, acid tongued and ready to take down anyone in her path, brings all the past, present and future of the Weston clan to the forefront! No matter how much you shield yourself… no one is safe! Come see Tracy Letts’ humorous and devastating portrait of the Midwestern American family in all it’s guts and glory!
Directed with pristine brilliance by Thea Burton, produced by Mike Butler and beautifully brought to life by Thea’s established cast; August: Osage County is going to be the comedy-drama theatre event of the season and not to be missed! Cast members include Devon Edmonds, Ian Grainger, Paul Abela, Lizon Richard, Mike Dennis, Nicole Saulnier, Emily Burton, Linda Levy-Fisk, Ross Chapman, Becky Kelley, David Foley, Mardi Burton, and Mike Butler.
After it’s debut in 2007, August: Osage County went on to win both the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play, as well as, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and many other accolades. A few years later, Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts received Academy Award Nominations for their roles in the acclaimed feature film which won rave reviews from critics. But as many know, some plays just don’t translate as well to film and this work is definitely a theatre/stage extravaganza that’s a must-see for theatre lovers. Come spend some time with the Weston family… if you dare!
August: Osage County will be performed evenings at The Al Whittle Theatre, Main Street, Wolfville on November 7th, 8th, and 9th starting at 7:00pm with a Matinee performance on Saturday November 9th at 2:00pm. Audiences, also, have the opportunity to be part of the Pay What You Can Preview show on Wednesday November 6th starting a 7:00pm, first come and first seated! Tickets can be purchased at the door on performance nights or in advance at Realm Boutique on Elm Avenue, Wolfville. Tickets are $15.00 each. If you have any questions regarding things, please email Mike Butler at [email protected]