Dark Comedy ‘August: Osage County’ At Alliance Theatre

By Special to the Daily World
The Alliance Theatre announces the production of the highly-acclaimed dark comedy “August: Osage County.”  Written by Tracy Letts, it is one of the most lauded plays of the decade having won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2008 Tony Award for Best Play and 2008 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.

The play examines the past and present lives of one issue-ridden family and transforms one family gathering into an apocalyptic evening of can’t-turn-away blood sport — filled with sex, secrets and really inappropriate behavior.

“The brilliance of ‘August: Osage County’ lies in its utterly dramatic capture of the beauty and horror of total familiarity,” notes Jennings Hertz Jr. Artistic Director and production director Susan V. Booth. “Rather than trying to create that complicated sense of family with a room full of strangers, we’ve opted to take grand advantage of the depth and history that Atlanta’s best actors share — and to combine the chemistry of 13 veterans with a Pulitzer and Tony- Award winning script.  It could be lightening in a bottle.”

This not-to-be-missed emotional Armageddon features an ensemble of Atlanta’s favorite actors led by the triumphant return of Brenda Bynum (Alliance’s ‘The Subject Tonight is Love’) as Violet Weston. Twelve of the 13 performers return to the Alliance Stage.

Performances continue through Sunday, May 8, with Tuesday through Saturday evening performances at 8 p.m. Weekend matinees are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Sunday evening performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $20 and are available at the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office by calling 404-733-5000 or online at alliancetheatre.org. Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 404-733-4690.  Discount rates are also available for members of the military, seniors and students.

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