August: Osage County: Dee Pelletier and Scott Jaeck to join cast
Dee Pelletier and Scott Jaeck are to join the cast of Tracy Letts' comic-drama August: Osage County, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama from 14 Oct 2008.
Pelletier assumes the role of 'Ivy Weston' from original cast member Sally Murphy who plays her final performance on 12 Oct 2008.
Pelletier, who will make her Broadway debut when she joins the cast, has been the production's understudy for the roles of 'Barbara Fordham,' 'Ivy Weston' and 'Karen Weston.' Off-Broadway she has understudied in Tracy Letts' 'Bug' at the Barrow Street Theatre.
Jaeck assumes the role of 'Sherrif Deon Gilbeau' from original cast member Troy West who plays his final performance on 12 Oct 2008.
Jaeck made his Broadway debut as 'Hank' in 'The Night of the Iguana' (1996 revival)..
As previously announced Tony Award-nominee Johanna Day and Michael Milligan also join the cast on 14 Oct 2008, playing the roles of 'Barbara Fordham' and 'Little Charles,' respectively.
August: Osage County, currently selling tickets through to 22 Mar 2009, transferred to the Music Box Theatre on 29 Apr 2008 from the Imperial Theatre. The show played its final performance at the Imperial Theatre on 20 Apr 2008, where it opened on 4 Dec 2007, following previews from 30 Oct 2007.
The play opened to excellent reviews: 'Letts...knows just how to put the "fun" back into "dysfunctional.' (New York Theatre Guide), 'The most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.' (New York Times); "You're laughing hysterically one minute and appalled the next as the 3 1/2 -hour play flies by" (New York Daily News); "It's enormously entertaining." (New York Post); "Ripping, riveting new play." (NewsDay); "One big, fat, juicy whopper." (Star-Ledger); "Most exciting new plays in years." (The Record); "So darkly delicious and ghastly that you're squirming in your seat even as you're doubled over laughing." (Variety).
August: Osage County is the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, Drama League, Drama Desk, New York Drama Critics and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Play, and has been nominated for seven Tony Awards.
August: Osage County currently features Jim True-Frost (Little Charles), Estelle Parsons (Violet Weston), Brian Kerwin (Steve Heidebrecht), Kimberly Guerrero (Johnna Monevata), Robert Foxworth (Charlie Aiken), Michael McGuire (Beverly Weston), Mariann Mayberry (Karen Weston), Madeleine Martin (Jean Fordham), Amy Morton (Barbara Fordham), Sally Murphy (Ivy Weston), Frank Wood (Bill Fordham), Molly Regan (Mattie Fai Aiken) and Troy West (Sherrif Deon Gilbeau).
The drama had its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf, directed Anna D. Shapiro, where it ran from 28 Jun - 26 Aug 2007.
Anna D. Shapiro, once again directs the production, which marks her Broadway debut. The design team features Todd Rosenthal (sets), Ana Kuzmanic (costumes), Ann Wrightson (lights), Richard Woodbury (sound) and David Singer (original music).
August: Osage County is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian, Steve Traxler and Jerry Frankel, in association with Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
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