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Black Box Summer Theatre to Present "August: Osage County"

[Wednesday, May 23, 2018]


Dinner at the Weston Home, Pictured from left to right, Jean (Lydia Johnson), Charlie (Christopher Plotts), Little Charles (Brendan Gaughan), Mattie Fae (Doreen Dawson), Ivy (Lauryn Lugo), Violet (Shannon Mayhall), Barbara (Tricia Miller Hewson), Karen (April Noel), Steve (Rikki Lee Travolta), Bill (Tim Vance) and Johnna (Fallon Knaak)  in Tracy Lett's “August: Osage County.” The Pulitzer Prize winning play will open at 7 p.m. June 8 at McHenry County College’s Black Box Theatre.

The Black Box Summer Theatre at McHenry County College will present Tracy Lett’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “August: Osage County.”  The play features a vanished father, a pill-popping mother, and three sisters harboring shady little secrets. When the large Weston family unexpectedly reunites after Dad disappears, their Oklahoman family homestead explodes in a maelstrom of repressed truths and unsettling secrets. Mix in Violet, the drugged-up, scathingly acidic matriarch, and this performance unflinchingly—and uproariously—exposes the dark side of the Midwestern American family.

Winner of both the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, the play received rave reviews from the New York Times and Variety magazine.

"I'd bet the farm that no family has ever been as unhappy in as many ways—and to such sensationally entertaining effect—as the Weston’s of ‘August: Osage County,’ a fraught, densely plotted saga of an Oklahoma clan in a state of near-apocalyptic meltdown. Fiercely funny and bitingly sad…[a] turbo-charged tragicomedy…"—NY Times

A review in Variety magazine said, “In Tracy Letts' ferociously entertaining play, the American dysfunctional family drama comes roaring into the twenty-first century with eyes blazing, nostrils flaring and fangs bared, laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you're squirming in your seat even as you're doubled-over laughing. A massive meditation on the cruel realities that often belie standard expectations of conjugal and family accord—not to mention on the decline of American integrity itself."—Variety

The cast of “August: Osage County” includes Doreen Dawson of Geneva, Frank Gaughan, Lauryn Lugo, and Ian Philpot, all of Crystal Lake; Christopher Plotts of Wonder Lake, Rikki Lee Travolta, Brendan Gaughan, and April Noel, all of Woodstock; Fallon Knaak of Union, Lydia Johnson of Buffalo Grove, Tricia Miller Hewson of West Dundee, Shannon Mayhall of Cary, and Tim Vance of Chicago.

“August: Osage County” is directed by Jay Geller of Kildeer with set design by Thomas Kesling of Glenview, lighting design by Rick Amundsen, costume design by Kathy Brunke and assistant costume design by Kristi Gregge, all of Woodstock; along with stage manager Kathryn McCord of Crystal Lake, fight choreographer Bill Daniel of Chicago and assistant director Leslie Mueller of Crystal Lake.

“August: Osage County” opens June 8 and continues June 9-10, 15-17 and 22-24. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for general public; $15 for students, MCC employees, MCC alumni, seniors and veterans. The play contains adult and mature themes and graphic language.

For reservations or information, call (815) 455-8746 or email The Black Box Theatre is located at 8900 U.S. Hwy 14, Crystal Lake. Park in Lot C and enter in Building E.  #mchenrycountytheatre #augustosagecountyatmcc.



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