Closing out Keegan's 2011-12 season is Tracy Letts' Pulitizer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning play, August: Osage County. Letts' jaw-dropping masterpiece opens on Friday, August 3 and runs through September 2, 2012, at the company's home on Church Street in Dupont Circle. Curtain is 7:30 pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday evenings, with 3pm Sunday matinees.
Brutal and hilarious, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY shook audiences to their core when it first exploded onto the American stage. A vanished father. A pill-popping mother. Three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and you've got a play that unflinchingly-and uproariously-exposes the dark underbelly of the modern American family.
Directed by Mark A. Rhea, August: Osage County features a cast of 13, including two-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Rena Cherry Brown as Violet. She is joined by Belen Pifel, Susan Marie Rhea, Stan Shulman, Shadia Hafiz, Lyndsay Rini, Charlie Abel, Kerry Waters Lucas, Kevin Adams, Michael Innocenti, Eric Lucas, Colin Smith and Karen Novack.
"We are thrilled to present the first homegrown production of this amazing play, especially coming off of the record sellout run of SPRING AWAKENING. This is an exciting time for Keegan audiences, indeed – and it is particularly fitting for us to present AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY as the finale to our 15th Anniversary season," says Mark A. Rhea, producing artistic director of Keegan Theatre. "This is the type of work that set the tone for Keegan's reputation, and so it is very rewarding to end this incredibly successful season with such a powerhouse play. We have assembled an intensely talented and dedicated ensemble to bring these characters to life – I think audiences are going to be blown away experiencing this masterpiece in the intimate Church Street setting."
August: Osage County by Tracy Letts is directed by Mark A. Rhea with a press opening set for Tuesday, August 7, 2012- 7:30pm.
Performances run Friday, August 3- September 2, 2012, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 7:30pm and Sunday matinees at 3:00pm. There will be a special added performance on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 7:30pm. Runtime is approximately 2 hours 45 minutes plus 2 intermissions. Appropriate for audiences 15 years and older.
Church Street Theater is located at 1742 Church Street NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets are $35 General admission/$30 Students and Seniors. Group rates are available. For more information, visit www.keegantheatre.com.