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News Tracy Letts' August, Portrait of an Oklahoma Family at Crossroads, Premieres in Chicago Steppenwolf Theatre Company's world premiere of August: Osage County, the Oklahoma-set family drama by Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts, opens July 8 after previews from June 28.
Deanna Dunagan in August: Osage County.
Deanna Dunagan in August: Osage County. Photo by Michael Brosilow

The drama features ensemble members Ian Barford, Francis Guinan, Mariann Mayberry, Amy Morton, Sally Murphy, Jeff Perry, Rondi Reed and Rick Snyder, as well as Deanna Dunagan, Kimberly Guerrero, Fawn Johnstin, Dennis Letts and Troy West.

Anna D. Shapiro directs the staging (through Aug. 26) at the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted, in Chicago.


According to the respected resident company, "When their patriarch vanishes, the Weston clan must return to their three-story home in rural Oklahoma to get to the heart of the matter. With rich insight and brilliant humor, Letts paints a vivid portrait of a Midwestern family at a turning point."

Pulitzer Prize finalist Tracy Letts became a Steppenwolf ensemble member in 2002 and was recently named an artistic associate. He has appeared at Steppenwolf in Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, Road to Nirvana, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of The Glass Menagerie. He is the author of Man from Nebraska, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2003 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been produced in Chicago, London and New York; and Bug, which has played in New York, Chicago and London. Director Shapiro is an ensemble member at Steppenwolf, where her directing credits include The Unmentionables by Bruce Norris (also at Yale Rep), the world premiere of Bruce Norris' The Pain and the Itch (also in New York), Robert Anderson's I Never Sang for My Father, the world premiere of Tracy Letts' Man from Nebraska, Until We Find Each Other by Brooke Berman, Purple Heart by Bruce Norris (also in Galway, Ireland), The Drawer Boy by Michael Healey, the world premiere of The Ordinary Yearning of Miriam Buddwing by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros, Warren Leight's Side Man (also in Ireland, Australia and Vail, Colorado), Richard Greenberg's Three Days of Rain and the world premiere of Bruce Norris' The Infidel.

The designers of August: Osage County are Todd Rosenthal (set), Ann Wrightson (lights), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), Richard Woodbury (sound) and David Singer (original music). Cecilie O'Reilly is the dialect coach. Deb Styer is the stage manager, and Michelle Medvin is the assistant stage manager.

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The company of <i>August: Osage County</i> at the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre.
The company of August: Osage County at the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre. Photo by Michael Brosilow

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