AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY – National Theatre

Winner of five Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, ‘August: Osage County,’ by Tracy Letts, opens this week at the National Theatre straight from Broadway where it ran to great critical acclaim. The play is running at the Lyttelton Theatre from 21 November until 21 January in the original production by the internationally renowned Steppenwolf Company.

When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites in Oklahoma, after their father disappears, their home explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets.

Tracy Letts’ new play unflinchingly, and uproariously, exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.

Among the many awards won by August: Osage County since it opened in Chicago, are five Tony Awards including Best Play for Tracy Letts, Best Direction (Anna D. Shapiro), Best Leading Actress (Deanna Dunagan), Best Featured Actress (Rondi Reed) and Best Scenic Design (Todd Rosenthal); and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company was formed in 1976 and is committed to the principle of ensemble performance through the collaboration of a company of actors, directors and playwrights. Among their members are John Mahoney, John Malkovich and Gary Sinise. Steppenwolf was last seen at the National Theatre in 1989 with The Grapes of Wrath.

Tracy Letts’ work includes Man From Nebraska, Killer Joe at London’s Bush and Vaudeville Theatres, Bug, and Superior Donuts, which is currently playing in the Steppenwolf repertoire. He has been a member of the Steppenwolf acting ensemble since 1988 and has appeared in many of their productions, including Glengarry Glen Ross, Homebody/Kabul and in the title role of The Dresser.

Courtesy of This Is London.

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