The stage has been cleared. Set dismantled. Moustache shaved off. Kings Town Players production of August:Osage County is over.
What a great run we have had. This is the best production that I have been in. The play is very well written and keeps the audience engaged throughout. It is intense and emotional and funny and relatable.
I was going to say that the cast and crew have worked like family to put this production together. But given the dysfunction in the play’s family, that may not be an apt analogy. We have worked like good friends. A real ensemble of cast and crew.
Theatre is a team effort. For it to work, we need to trust and rely on all the other members of the team to do their part and sometimes rescue us if we goof up, forget a line or are in the wrong place at the wrong time. We all pulled together to mount a show we are all proud of.
One of the sad and wonderful things about live theatre is that every production, every performance, in fact, is unique. And once it is done, it is done. Unlike a movie that you can watch over and over again, the theatre play exists only for the couple of hours that it is presented and then it vanishes. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to work with my K.T. P. friends to bring this magic to life in August:Osage County.
Kings Town Players – August:Osage County September, 2014
Remember when you were a kid and you used to pretend? Cowboys and Indians (Native Americans)? Selling things from your “store”? Or serving dinner with plastic veggies?
Well sixty years later I am still doing this. Starting tonight, my Kings Town Players friends and I are dressing up and playing with each other and putting on a show for you. I am having great fun playing the role of Charlie Aiken. Over the past few weeks, I have gradually transformed myself into the dope-smoking, beer-swigging upholsterer from the southern U. S. A. who is caught up in one of the most dysfunctional families you can imagine.
August: Osage County is an award winning play that was made into a popular movie starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts last year. I loved the movie but I think that the play has an intensity that can only be felt with live theatre. We all can identify with the Weston family to some degree. Are any of our families totally “normal”? Or is this kind of dynamic more what “normal” is on some level?
Mattie Fay and Charlie Aiken in Kings Town Players production of August: Osage County
There is a lot of very dark humour. When we were rehearsing, I was almost embarrassed to laugh at some of the horrid things characters say to each other. The “ladies” are particularly foul-mouthed…and loving every moment of it. We hope our audiences will relax and let go. You have permission to laugh out loud…in fact we are looking forward to hearing your guffaws. Get ready for lots of startling moments as well.
The three-act play is also three hours long so come prepared to get your money’s worth. You will feel like a voyeur, peeping through the windows of a family struggling with many demons. Great live theatre.
We have worked hard to get this production ready. All we need now is an audience. Please join us for a dinner from hell.
August: Osage County runs Wednesday to Saturday from September 17 to 27 at the Rotunda Theatre, Theolological Hall, Queen’s University campus. 8 pm. Tickets are $20 and available here ( http://www.kingstonboxoffice.com)or at the door.