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Playmakers' 2017-18 Season

August: Osage County

By Tracy Letts
Directed by Barbara Faherty
Oct. 27- Nov. 12, 2017

Audition dates: July 12 and 19 at 7pm

Auditions will consist of a cold read from the script at the theater. The director asks that performers be familiar with the material before the auditions.

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 side of the Midwestern American family.

The Cast consists of 6 Men / 7 Women, as follows:

Beverly Weston- The father of the Weston family, aged 69, an alcoholic and washed-up poet. His mysterious disappearance one evening is the reasons for the family's reunion. The reasons for his disappearance are a major plot point that bring some of the family's dark past painfully back into the light.

Violet Weston- The mother of the Weston family, aged 65. Undergoing treatment for oral cancer, she is addicted to several prescription drugs, mostly depressants and narcotics. Despite her drug-induced episodes, she is sharp-tongued and shrewd; she is aware of the family's many secrets and not hesitant to reveal them for her own benefit.

Barbara Fordham- The oldest daughter of the Weston Family, age 46. Mother of Jean and wife of Bill, though they are currently separated. She is a college professor in Boulder, Colorado. She wants to save her marriage, but has the intense need to control everything around her as it falls apart.

Ivy Weston- The middle daughter of the Weston family, age 44. The only daughter to stay in Oklahoma, she works as a librarian at the local college, and her calm and patient exterior hides a passionate woman who is gradually growing cynical.

Karen Weston- The youngest daughter in the Weston family, age 40. She is newly engaged to Steve, whom she considers the "perfect man", and lives with him in Florida, planning to marry him soon. Karen can talk of little else but her own happiness, and she clearly chooses to lie to herself about her sleazy fiancé rather than face the reality of not getting a happy ending.

Bill Fordham- Barbara's estranged husband and Jean's father, age 49. A college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman named Cindy, one of his students, but wants to be there for his family. His marriage is disintegrating and his patience is slowly running thin.

Jean Fordham- Bill and Barbara's smart-tongued 14-year-old daughter. She smokes pot and cigarettes, is a vegetarian, loves old movies, and is bitter about her parents' split. (Must be 18 or older to be considered)

Steve Heidebrecht- Karen's fiancé, age 50. A businessman in Florida (whose business, it is hinted, centers around the Middle East and may be less than legitimate), and not the "perfect man" that Karen considers him. He flirts with Jean throughout the play and supplies her with marijuana.

Mattie Fae Aiken- Violet's sister, Charlie's wife and Little Charles' mother, age 57. Just as jaded as her sister, Mattie Fae constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband. And like her sister, she has secrets of her own. 

Charlie Aiken- Husband of Mattie Fae and the father of Little Charles, age 60. Charlie, a genial man, was a lifelong friend of Beverly. He struggles to get Mattie Fae to respect Little Charles.

"Little" Charles Aiken- Son of Mattie Fae, 37 years old. Unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a "screw-up", which may be a self-fulfilling prophecy. He is secretly having an affair with Ivy.

Johnna Monevata- A Cheyenne Indian woman, age 26, whom Beverly hires as a live-in housekeeper shortly before he disappears. Violet is prejudiced against her, but she wins over the other family members with her cooking skills, hard work, and empathy. Johnna is the silent witness to much of the mayhem in the house.

Sheriff Deon Gilbeau- A high-school classmate and former boyfriend of Barbara's, age 47, who is searching for Beverly.

Questions? Contact the director, Barbara Faherty at (504) 430-5227.

 

 

Playmakers, Inc. Theater is supported in party by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, and as administered by St. Tammany Parish. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

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Playmakers'
2017-18 Season
  • The Underpants
  • August: Osage County
  • All the Kings Men
  • The Graduate
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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