AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
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. Tickets are $15-$25 and are available online at HendersonvilleTheatre.org or by calling the Box Office at (828) 692-1082.
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, Jonathan Forrester 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.
This production is made possible by the Hendersonville Times-News, Printville, WTZQ, and Big Frog Custom T-shirts. WNC non-profit Pisgah Legal Services is partnering with HCT on this production. Pisgah Legal Services provides legal assistance and advocacy to the low-income residents of Western North Carolina. Donations for Pisgah Legal will be taken during the show.
Hendersonville Community Theatre is celebrating its 53rd season as Hendersonville’s official community theater. HCT provides an inviting and nurturing environment, as well as high-quality, affordable entertainment, for the residents of Hendersonville and surrounding areas.
Hendersonville Community Theatre is located at 229 South Washington Street. For tickets or more information contact us at 828-692-1082 or online at HendersonvilleTheatre.org.