Friday, June 18, 2010

August August August

August August August

Nearly one year ago, I reported here that Tracy Letts' august masterpiece August: Osage County and most of its original Steppenwolf (and Broadway) cast and crew would be Australia-bound this August.

Now it's been confirmed that Deanna Dunagan and Rondi Reed will reprise their magnificent Tony-winning turns as Violet Weston and Mattie Fae Aiken, respectively, one more time at the Sydney Theatre Company's Main Stage.

Once again, they'll be joined by original Steppenwolf castmates Amy Morton (Tony nominated for her brilliant portrayal of Barbara Fordham), Mariann Mayberry (Karen Weston), Sally Murphy (Ivy Weston), Jeff Perry (Bill Fordham), Kimberly Guerrero (Johnna Monevata) and Troy West (Deon Gilbeau).

Other casting includes Molly Ranson (Jean Fordham) who was a Broadway replacement in the role of Jean Fordham, and three members of the London cast: Chelcie Ross (Beverly Weston), Paul Vincent O'Connor (Charlie Aiken) and Gary Cole (Steve Heidebrecht). As Little Charles, only Gary Wilmes is completely new to the cast.

Wilmes replaces Ian Barford, husband of August: Osage County director Anna D. Shapiro. Not only will Barford will tend to his fatherly duties back home while Shapiro once again shapes the show in Sydney, but Steppenwolf audiences will see him on their boards again this September in Detroit alongside Laurie Metcalf.

August: Osage County begins performances at the Sydney Theatre Company August 13 with previews on August 14 and 16. The play opens Down Under on August 17 and performances are currently scheduled through September 25.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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