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August: Osage County

a dark comedy by Tracy Letts

A vivid portrait of familial dysfunction, this fiercely funny Pulitzer-Prize winning play has been called “the most exciting new American play seen in years.” (New York Times)


Department of Theatre & Drama

Arthur Miller Theatre

April 4-14, 2013


The Story: A far-flung family comes together during a time of trouble. When the patriarch of the Weston family disappears, everyone descends on the familial home in rural Oklahoma. But just as the family comes together in times of need, the reasons that they have moved apart quickly become apparent when they gather. Barbs fly like arrows, painfully striking every family member in a heart-rending but hysterically funny way. At the center of the storm is the matriarch Violet, a pill-popping, venomous woman who lashes out at her three daughters and everyone else with impunity. Ultimately no one will leave the house unscathed, as unspoken truths and horrifying secrets

are exposed in this family where each generation faces its own emotional destruction.

Background: Winner of the 2008 Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play and the 2008 Pulizter Prize for Drama, August: Osage County was called “...the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years,” by The New York Times. Playwright Tracy Letts, a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble, wrote the work for the company, which debuted in Chicago in June 2007 and then immediately moved to Broadway, where it opened to rave acclaim. “Tracy Letts’ ferociously entertaining play [is] laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you’re squirming in your seat even as you’re doubled over laughing. (Variety)” A raucous comedy, abundant with rich insight and brilliant humor, August: Osage County is one show that you won’t want to miss.

This play contains strong profanity and adult themes.

Recommended for 18 and over.

Artistic Staff

Director John Neville-Andrews
Scenic Designer Eli Schlatter
Costume Designer Leslie Bates
Lighting Designer Charles Malott
Sound Designer Henry Reynolds
Stage Manager Jenn Jacobs



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Photography Credits:

U-M Photo Services

Joe Welsh

Peter Smith

David Smith

Glen Behring

Tom Bower