Tuesday, February 11, 2014

August Osage County - The 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama Set to Open on February 21

Repertory Philippines proudly announces its second offering for the Season 2014 with AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama written by Tracy Letts.

The show was originally produced on August 12, 2007 by the Steppenwolf Theatre Company at the Downstairs Theatre in Chicago. Then, it conquered Broadway from October 30, 2007 until it closed June 28, 2009, after 648 performances and 18 previews. Both the Steppenwolf and Broadway productions were directed by Anna D. Shapiro. 

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY made its UK debut at London's National Theatre in November 2008. Consequently, many other international productions were produced in Israel, Tel Aviv, Puerto Rico, Australia, Germany, Austria, Argentina, Sweden, Peru, Spain, New Zealand, Holland, India, Poland, Netherlands. 

The play is named after a poem written by Howard Starks. Of this, Tracy Letts has stated, " I could never come up with a title as brilliant as AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. Mr. Howard Starks, gentleman, teacher, poet, genius, mentor, friend, created that title for an extraordinary poem that is one of the inspirations for my play. I steal the title with deference, yet 

without apology – Howard, I'm sure, would have it no other way – and I dedicate this play to his memory." 

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY received the Jeff Award (Chicago – 2007) for Best New Work and Best Production. These two awards were closely followed in 2008 by other six awards: Best New Play awarded by Drama Desk, Distinguished Production of a Play by Drama League, the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Broadway Play. 

Most specially, it was also in 2008 when the play received the biggest award in the industry, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the TONY Award for Best Play.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY belongs to the black comedy genre, giving it quite a darkly dimension. The action revolves around the Weston family who is forced to confront their reality both from their past and their present. The plot of August Osage County is very enjoyable and has made many people applaud the writing and directing efforts every single time the play was presented.

The plot begins in August as the action takes place over several weeks in the home of Beverly and Violet Weston in Oklahoma. Beverly is a poet and has a drinking problem while his wife suffers from mouth cancer and has become addicted to drugs. The story begins when Beverly is trying to hire a new live-in cook and caregiver for Violet.

Problems between the couple are part of the plot from the first scene when Johnna is hired. A few weeks later Beverly disappears which motivates the family to come together to look for him but only to find a few days later that he has committed suicide. Barbara and Karen, the other two daughters of Violet and Beverly, along with Ivy who lives in the house come to their father’s funeral, as does the entire family.

A series of conflicts ensue over the next several days as Violet and Barbara have never understood each other. Karen’s fiancé proves to be a pot smoker and tries to molest his soon to be niece, Ivy is planning to run away with her cousin after engaging in a romantic relationship, but he proves to be her half-brother and, at the end Violet remains alone, only with Johnna.

Chris Millado, a well-respected theater veteran and currently the Vice President and Artistic Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines will direct AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY.

Co-presented by the City of Makati, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY shall runs from February 21 – March 9, 2014 at Onstage, 2/F, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City. 

For details of the show, you may contact us the following ways:
By phone: 571-6926 and 571-4941
By e-mail: shows@repertoryphilippines.com
By Internet: http://www.repertoryphilippines.com

Tickets are available through Ticketworld at 891-9999, or via http://www.ticketworld.com.ph/

Connect to Repertory Philippines online through the following social media networks:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/repertoryphilippines
Twitter: www.twitter.com/repphils
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Repertory Philippines would like to thank The City of Makati, Air Asia, Raintree Restaurants: MOMO Café, Museum Café, Kabila, and Mr. Jones as well as ClickTheCity.com, Radio Republic, Business World, Business World High-Life, Broadwayworld.com, Ticketworld.com, WhenInManila.com, Greenbelt, and Ayala Malls for their continuing partnerships.

May not be suitable for children under the age of ten. Children under the age of four are not permitted.


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