Zanesville Community Theatre Presents "August: Osage County"

Amy Underwood

Updated Mon, Apr 15, 2013 4:18 pm
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(L-R) Amy Underwood, Jillian B. Von Gunten, Beverly Watson, Cindy Houpt and Phil Palmer perform Zanesville Community Theatre's production of "August: Osage County"

August: Osage County, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play by Tracy Letts, will be presented this weekend and next by the the Zanesville Community Theatre.

The play is reminiscent of Alexandre Dumas’ well-known work, Camille, in that it centers on the waning days of a sharp-tongued woman who is surrounded by a large cast of eccentric hangers-on, as the various twists in the plot and love-hate relationships unfold.

"Most of the characters dread the notion of living alone, yet they violently resist intimacy and most seem doomed to a sad, solitary existence," said Director Eric Blake.

Rob Cook will appear as Beverly, patriarch of the dysfunctional Weston clan, with Amy Underwood as Violet, his ill and manipulative wife.

The Weston daughters are played by Jillian B. Von Gunten as Barbara; Beverly Watson as Ivy; and Ashley Krieger as Karen. Sean McClure plays Barbara’s husband, Bill and Lura Wallace appears as their daughter, Jean.

Steve Campbell plays Steve Heidebrecht, Karen’s fiancé. Violet’s sister, Mattie Fae and brother-in-law, Charlie, are played by Cindy Houpt and Phil Palmer. Dan Brown appears in the role of their son, Little Charles. Matt Swingle plays Sheriff Deon Gilbeau and Lauren Metcalf is seen as Johnna Monevata.

Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 19 and 20, and April 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. There will also be two matinee performances on Sundays, April 21 and April 28 at 2:30 p.m.

All performances will be held at the Zanesville Community Theatre, 940 Findley Avenue.  The play contains adult themes and language.

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Slideshow: "August: Osage County"

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Jillian B. Von Gunten as Barbara

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Rob Cook as Beverly Weston

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Dan Brown as Little Charles Aiken and Beverly Watson as Ivy Weston

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Steve Campbell as Steve Heidebrecht

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Cindy Houpt as Mattie Fae Aiken