Pulitzer Prize winning drama ‘August: Osage County’ unfolds at The Old Globe
By Diana Saenger
“August: Osage County” is set in Oklahoma where three generations of the Weston family have lived, struggled, got along, not gotten along, and grown. When the patriarch, Beverly, suddenly disappears, there are many mysteries to uncover and secrets to unveil about his disappearance. As the family deals with the horrific occurrence, each scene reveals how they really feel toward one another.
The dark, yet sometimes humorous, “August: Osage County” has only been around for a few years but has racked up much audience praise and many awards, including a 2008 Tony Award for Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Written by Tracy Letts and directed by Obie Award-winner Sam Gold, the play runs through June 12 at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park.
Among the cast members are Todd Ceveris and Angela Reed, who graduated from UCSD in the late 1990s. Years later, they began dating and eventually married. The couple has performed together in “Talley’s Folly,” and the “Spring Awakening” tour that included a San Diego stop. They said they are thrilled to be appearing in “Osage County.”
“It’s a major work of modern American Theater,” said Ceveris who portrays Sheriff Deon Gilbeau. “Audiences around the country have found it a very significant and profound play.”
Reed, who plays the eldest daughter of the Weston Family, Barbara Fordham, said the company is aided by a few of the original cast members.
“Kimberly Guerrero, originated the role of Johnna, and played it on Broadway, in Chicago, London and Sydney. We’re fortunate to have her and a few others who played replacements on Broadway, including Guy Boyd (Charlie Aiken) and Robert Foxworth (Beverly Weston),” Reed said. “All of them have been able to offer some insight during difficult moments.
“This play is just brilliant. There’s a lot going on — sometimes at the same time with different characters in different rooms. As an actor I don’t know if I will ever play another role that takes me on a journey like this one has.”
If you go:
What: “August: Osage County”
When: Matinees and evenings May 7-June 12
Where: 1363 Old Globe Way, Balboa Park
Contact: (619) 23-GLOBE
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