Tuesday, November 20, 2007

It'll Be August Through March

It'll Be August Through March

Although Tracy Letts' August: Osage County is missing its Broadway opening night, originally scheduled for this evening, the production is helping negate rumors about its future by announcing that it will extend its limited engagement by three weeks.

August: Osage County is currently closed due to the strike by Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) against The League of American Theatres and Producers.

The good news is that this incredible Steppenwolf production will now run through March 9, according to Playbill.

Steppenwolf's Executive Director David Hawkinson is quoted saying:
We sympathize with our talented New York company and the many theatre fans affected by this unfortunate labor dispute....We hope this extension will allow August to realize its full potential in New York and afford Broadway theatregoers the opportunity to experience this extraordinary production.
Once the ongoing stagehands strike reaches a settlement, do yourself a favor and get tickets to see this unforgettable production.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 20 November, 2007, Blogger Esther said...

I'm so glad "August: Osage County" is extending its run and I really hope it finds a big audience after the strike.

I agree with everything you've written about it. It's truly an incredible play, very contemporary, but Tracy Letts' insights about about families are timeless and universal. The writing is sharp and witty, with deeply honest emotions. There are some very funny moments and some that are heart-wrenching. I think everyone will see something of their own family in it.

And I can't say enough about what a treat it was to see my first Steppenwolf production. What an amazingly talented company of actors. After all, a play is words on a page until someone acts it out, and the Steppenwolf actors really brought life to these characters and made them truly human and unforgettable.

At 20 November, 2007, Blogger SarahB said...

I am beyond thrilled that it is already extending...but it should have been extending on the merits, not because of this. I am deeply saddened for this incredible cast, most of whom are making their Broadway debuts and don't even live in New York City. This is a hardship on them, no matter whose side of the fence we're on regarding the strike. I am equally upset for them in that they are losing the deserved pomp and circumstance of an auspicious opening night.


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