A film adaptation of August: Osage County is in development and set for release in 2013. The Weinstein Company has bought the film and distribution rights for the script. Tracy Letts, playwright of August: Osage County, has adapted the script into a screenplay. John Wells is set to direct the film. Meryl Streep has been cast in the role of Violet Weston. Julia Roberts has been cast in the role of Barbara Fordham.
Articles on the Film Adaptation of August: Osage County
The Poem “August: Osage County” from the Book Family Album by Howard Stark where the Play’s Name Derives
Brief Summary and Note from the Dramaturg
It is a furnace-hot August in 2007 in the small, mid-western town of Pawhuska, Oklahoma, USA, sixty miles northwest of Tulsa. Beverly Weston, alcoholic and former poet, has mysteriously disappeared after hiring a Cheyenne Native American as a live-in housekeeper for his pill-popping, chain-smoking wife Violet. With the disappearance of the patriarch, three generations of the dysfunctional Weston family gather together in the large country home on the baking mid-western plains for the first time in years where ensues drug abuse, alcohol abuse, verbal abuse, domestic abuse, addiction, wit, cancer, mental illness, academia, literature, infidelity, incest, suicide, secrets, resentment, and estrangement.
But throughout and above the chaos, August: Osage County is a play about family. It is a play about a group of people who, despite fierce vices and deep-rooted differences, are tightly bound by blood, vows, and a long, damaged history. And now, together for the first time in years, this family must deal with each other and with the decades of baggage each brings as 13 people meet face-to-face in the pressure cooker of a single house on the broiling American Plains.
Everyone has a family, no matter what form it takes, and every family carries its own history and its own baggage. Because of this universal connection, I leave audiences to spend the next few hours with the Westons to reel, to laugh, to empathize, and to see glimpses of their own family in the Westons; because sometimes we all need a good story, a good laugh, and a good reminder that we are not the only ones who are messed up.
List of Company: Names and Roles
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August: Osage County opened in one of its first regional productions at the Wright State University’s Festival Playhouse in Dayton, Ohio, USA on September 23, 2010 where it ran until October, 10 2010. The production was the first collaboration between the Human Race Theatre Company and Wright State University.
Designers and Crew
Co-Directed by: Marsha Hanna
Co-Directed by: Scott Stoney
Scenic Design: Pam Knauert Lavarnway
Costume Design: David M. Covach
Lighting Design: John Rensel
Sound Design: James Dunlap
Properties: John Lavernway and Heather Pawell
Production Stage Manager: Wendy J. Dorn
Ian Barford “Little Charles Aiken”
Jason David Collins “Charlie Aiken”
Alex Sunderhaus “Karen Weston”
Kristie Berger “Barbara Fordham”
Kelsey Hopkins “Ivy Weston”
Bill Simmons “Bill Fordham”
Madeline Casto “Mattie Fay Aiken”
Brian Evans “Steve Heidebrecht”
Susanne Marley “Violet Weston”
Rainbow Dickerson “Johnna Monevata”
Chelsey Cavender “Jean Fordham”
Scott Stoney “Beverly Weston”
Daniel C. Britt “Sheriff Deon Gibeau”
PRODUCTION HISTORY RESOURCES: WEBSITES, ARTICLES, VIDEOS, AND IMAGES
Website on Human Race Theatre Company and Wright State University’s Collaborated Production of August: Osage County
Only a few months after premiering at the Steppenwolf theatre in Chicago, Illinois, USA, August: Osage County transferred to Broadway with 11 of its original 13 cast members. The show previewed on Broadway on October 30, 2007, running for 18 previews. The show officially opened on Broadway’s Imperial Theatre on December 4, 2007 where it ran until April 20, 2009. The show then transferred to the Music Box Theatre on April 29, 2008 where it ran until June 28, 2009. August: Osage County ran for a total of 648 performances on Broadway.
Playwright, Designers, and Crew
Playwright: *Tracy Letts
Directed by: *Anna D. Shapiro
Scenic Design: Todd Rosenthal
Costume Design: Ana Kuzmanic
Lighting Design: Ann Wrightson
Original Music: David Singer
Sound Design: Richard Woodbury
Stage Manager: Deb Styer
Assistant Stage Manager: Michelle Medvin
Dramaturg: Edward Sobel
Fight Choreography Chuck Coyl
Casting Erica Daniels
Dialect Coach Cecilie O’Reilly
Additional Casting: Stuart Howard, Amy Schecter, and Paul Hardt
The Weinstein Company
Barbara Freitag and Phil Mickelson
Staton Bell Group
Original Broadway Cast
*Ian Barford “Little Charles Aiken”
*Francis Guinan “Charlie Aiken”
* Mariann Mayberry “Karen Weston”
* Amy Morton “Barbara Fordham”
* Sally Murphy “Ivy Weston”
*Jeff Perry “Bill Fordham”
* Rondi Reed “Mattie Fay Aiken”
**Brian Kerwin “Steve Heidebrecht”
Deanna Dunagan “Violet Weston”
Kimberly Guerrero “Johnna Monevata”
**Madeline Martin “Jean Fordham”
Dennis Letts “Beverly Weston”
Troy West “Sheriff Deon Gibeau”
(*) Steppenwolf Ensemble Member
(**) Not in the Original Chicago Cast
PRODUCTION HISTORY RESOURCES: Websites, Articles, Videos, AND Images
Mohler, Cortney Elkin. (2011) Nostalgia, Irony, and the Re-Emergence of the Reified American Indian Other in August: Osage County. In: K. Gounaridou, ed. The Comparative Drama Conference Series, 7: Text and Presentaion 2010. Jefferson: McFarland & Company, Inc., pp. 130-142.
Thorson, Gregory Stuart. (2008) The New Grotesque: The Theatre of Martin McDonagh and Tracy Letts. Boulder: University of Colorado at Boulder.