August: Osage County at DCPA
Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater is exporting their hit production of the Pulitzer-prize winning play from Tracy Letts, “August: Osage County.” Denver is the first city in the national tour and it will run July 23-August 8th at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. The New York times hailed “August” as “… flat out, no asterisks and without qualifications the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.”
The play is a dark comedy, with an emphasis on “dark.” The story is set in Oklahoma and focuses on a gathering of the Weston family when the patriarch of the family goes missing. The three-act play, which runs for about 3 hours, 20 minutes including intermissions, deals with such issues as drug abuse, alcoholism, suicide, death, family dysfunction, sexual harassment, pedophilia, aging, generational change, racism, incest, infidelity, and ultimately love.
This production will feature Estelle Parsons, who most people will remember from “Roseanne” as Roseanne’s mother. However, for true cinephiles, she will always shine as Blanche Barrow from “Bonnie And Clyde.”