The setting: August, 2007. A large country house outside Pawhuska, Oklahoma, sixty miles northwest of Tulsa. 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 major new play that unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark comedic side of the Midwestern American family. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and five Tony Awards. There will be 8 performances from 5/11 – 5/20.
This is PTD Productions' 23 season of presenting quality theatre at the Riverside Arts Center in historic downtown Ypsilanti. The director of August: Osage County is Liz Greaves-Hoxsie who recently directed PTD's Lost in Yonkers and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.
Auditions will take place on the second floor of Riverside Arts Center, 67 N Huron, Ypsilanti on 2/14 (at 7pm), 2/15 (at 7pm) and 2/19 (at 4 pm), with callbacks on 2/21 (at 7pm), if needed. Auditions will consist of cold reads of the script. The play contains strong adult language and situations. Actors need to be able to play the same age as their character – they need not be that age. Any questions, email Liz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 734.6662.2063
The Weston Family:
Age 69. Known as Bev, he is the patriarch of the Weston family. He was born into abject poverty. With a high school education, he became a prize-winning poet and university professor. He stopped publishing poetry after his initial success. He is an alcoholic who is detached, philosophical, self-critical. He appears in the play's prelude and then is not seen again. His body is found – an apparent suicide. His disappearance and subsequent funeral motivates his family to return home
Age 65. Bev's wife, the ruling matriarch. She had an abusive, deprived childhood and is, in turn, abusive. She is a smoker who suffers from mouth cancer and is addicted to several prescription drugs, mostly depressants and narcotics Sharp-tongued and shrewd, she dominates her family, knows everyone's weak spot and attacks with deliberate cruelty.
Age 45. Bev and Violet's eldest daughter, Bill's estranged wife and Jean's mother. She lives and teaches in Boulder, Colorado. She is the strongest of the three Weston sisters. She tries to stop Violet from taking drugs and tries to take control of the extended family.
Age 49. Barbara's estranged husband and Jean's father. He is a college professor who is having an affair with one of his students.
Age 14. Barbara & Bill's daughter. A vegetarian, she smokes pot & tobacco.
Age 44. Bev and Violet's middle daughter. A teacher at the local college, she is the only child who stayed in Oklahoma. She is constantly criticized by Violet and tries to defend herself, but fails. She is in love with Little Charles.
Age 40. Bev and Violet's youngest daughter. She lives in Miami, Florida and is newly engaged to Steve. Before she met Steve, she had a series of failed relationships and has blamed herself for these failures.
Mattie Fae Aiken
Age 57. Violet's sister, Charlie's wife and Little Charles' mother. She is loud, crass, constantly belittles her son and quarrels with her husband.
Age 60. Mattie Fae's husband, Little Charles' father and Bev's lifelong friend. He lives in Tulsa, where he upholsters furniture for a living. He tries to help Little Charles and fend off Mattie Fae.
Little Charles Aiken
Age 37. Mattie Fae and Charlie's son. He is unemployed, can't drive, and has very low self-esteem. He is in love with Ivy.
Age 26. An orphaned Cheyenne woman. Shortly before he disappeared, Bev hired her to care for the house and Violet. She is kind and protective.
Age 50. Karen's fiance. He is a thrice married business man in Florida. He smokes pot and tries to molest Jean
Sheriff Deon Gilbeau
Age 47. The local sheriff. As teenagers, he and Barbara used to date.