August: Osage County

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Auditions
March 19 & 20, 2018 @ 7:00pm

Preview
May 3, 2018

Performances
May 4-6 & 11-13, 2018

Preview, Friday & Saturday @ 7:30pm • Sunday @ 2:30pm

CONTAINS ADULT LANGUAGE. FOR MATURE AUDIENCES. Tracy Letts black comedy, August: Osage County has been described as fiercely funny and bitingly sad. 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.  Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. “August” premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, June of 2007 and opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre in December of the same year. It won the Tony Award for Best Play, Best Leading Actress, Best Direction, Best Featured Actress and Best Scenic Design.




AUDITION INFO

Auditions for the Tony-award winning play August: Osage County will be held at 7 p.m. March 19th and 20th at Community Players Theatre, 201 Robinhood Lane in Bloomington. The 2007 drama-comedy features thirteen roles (7 female, 6 male) for local actors.

Several roles are available for actors over 60, a Native American woman and a teenage girl.
As the play contains adult language and situations, all auditioning actors should be over 18.
Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

Character Descriptions

(Please note that the ages listed are simply the character age and not the expected age of the performer auditioning.)

Beverly Weston
The father of the Weston family, aged 69, an alcoholic and washed-up poet. His mysterious disappearance one evening and eventually discovered death are the reasons for the family’s reunion.

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.

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.

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

“Little” Charles Aiken
Son of Mattie Fae and Beverly, 37 years old. Unemployed and clumsy, his mother calls him a “screw-up”, which may be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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.

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.

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. She is secretly having an affair with her “cousin”, Little Charles, and plans to move to New York with him.

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.

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.

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. Sheriff of Osage County.


STAFF

Director – John D. Poling
Producer – Sara Schramm