Acclaimed Drama August: Osage County Opens at Atlanta's Alliance April 20

News   Acclaimed Drama August: Osage County Opens at Atlanta's Alliance April 20
Tracy Letts' volatile family drama August: Osage County, starring Atlanta actors Brenda Bynum, Jill Jane Clements and Tess Malis Kincaid, officially opens April 20 at the Alliance Theatre.

Brenda Bynum
Brenda Bynum

Alliance artistic director Susan V. Booth stages the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play that began previews April 13 and will run through May 8 in Atlanta.

Veteran actress Bynum (The Subject Is Love) stars as family matriarch Violet Weston with Clements (Steel Magnolias) as Mattie Fae and Kincaid (Amadeus) as Barbara. The cast also features Atlanta-area actors Andrew Benator, Carolyn Cook, Richard Garner, Bart Hansard, Chris Kayser, Joe Knezevich, Bethany Anne Lind, Courtney Patterson, Diany Rodriguez and Del Hamilton.

Understudies include Pat Bell, Rial Ellsworth, Eliana Marianes and Stacy Melich.

The Alliance describes the acclaimed work as an "emotional Armageddon," which "examines the past and present lives of one issue-ridden family and transforms one family gathering into an apocalyptic evening of can’t-turn-away blood sport — filled with sex, secrets and really inappropriate behavior."

August: Osage County has set design by Leslie Taylor, costume design by Mariann Verheyen, sound design by Clay Benning and lighting design by Ken Yunker.

Letts is also the playwright of Superior Donuts, his Broadway follow-up to August: Osage County, as well as Bug and Killer Joe. He recently starred opposite original August: Osage County cast member Amy Morton in the Steppenwolf Theatre Company revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (also seen at Arena Stage). 

For tickets phone (404) 733-5000 or visit AllianceTheatre.

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