Tony Winner Rondi Reed Returns to August for Final Performance

News   Tony Winner Rondi Reed Returns to August for Final Performance Theatregoers who attended the final performance of August: Osage County — Tracy Letts' play about a brutally dysfunctional Oklahoma family — June 28 at the Music Box Theatre were treated to a surprise: the return of Tony winner Rondi Reed.

Rondi Reed
Rondi Reed

The New York Times reports that Reed, who is currently playing Madame Morrible in Broadway's Wicked, played Mattie Fae Aiken — the role she created at Steppenwolf and later on Broadway — in the final performance of August. Elizabeth Ashley, who had been playing the role, was ill and unable to perform August's last Broadway matinee.

Reed was also expected to appear in the evening performance of Wicked, a special performance to benefit the Actors Fund.

August: Osage County ended its run after 18 previews and 648 regular performances.

Reed won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for her work as Mattie Fae Aiken, the overbearing mother with a big secret.

Rondi Reed (fourth from left, standing) and the cast of <i>August: Osage County</i>.
Rondi Reed (fourth from left, standing) and the cast of August: Osage County.
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