‘August: Osage County’ coming to EPAC

By on March 4, 2015

Audiences flocked to Tracy Letts’s savagely funny tragicomedy “August: Osage County” when it took Broadway by storm in 2008, winning every award in sight for Best Play: the Pulitzer, the Tony, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. The Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC) will present this dark but exhilarating play at EPAC’s Sharadin Bigler Theatre. The production opens on March 19 and runs through April 4.

Set in the Oklahoma County of the title, the play centers on the Weston family. The parents, Beverly and Violet, are in their 60s. When father Beverly suddenly disappears, their three adult daughters and Violet’s sister show up (with their various men) to deal with the crisis. But no one really wants to deal with Violet, who has mouth cancer, an addiction to painkillers, and a vicious disposition. It’s not long before all hell breaks loose.

EPAC’s artistic director Edward R. Fernandez will direct. With Fernandez at the helm, audiences can be sure that dramatic thrills await them. Take a trip to Osage County and watch the Weston’s put the “fun” back in dysfunctional.

Tickets can be purchased at ephrataperformingartscenter.com or by calling 733-7966 x1. Friday night shows are at 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m.

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