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August: Osage County Phylicia Rashad to play 'Violet Weston'


Phylicia Rashad, the Tony Award winning actress, will make it a triad of defining matriarchal performances when she takes over the role of 'Violet Weston' in August: Osage County on 26 May 2009.

Rashad, who won her Tony for 'Lena Younger' in Lorraine Hansberry�s 'A Raisin in the Sun' (2004) and who won equal acclaim and a Tony nomination for her performance as 'Aunt Esther' in August Wilson�s 'The Gem of the Ocean' (2004), will play the pill-popping, acid-tongued, no-holds barred central figure in Tracy Letts� Pulitzer-Prize and Tony Award winning drama at the Music Box Theatre.

Rashad, who follows in the footsteps of award-winning actresses Deanna Dunagan' and Estelle Parsons, will join Tony Award winning cast members Elizabeth Ashley (Mattie Fai Aiken), John Cullum (Beverly Weston), and Frank Wood (Bill Fordham) under the direction of Anna D. Shapiro.

August: Osage County also features Michael Milligan (Little Charles), Estelle Parsons (Violet Weston), Brian Kerwin (Steve Heidebrecht), Kimberly Guerrero (Johnna Monevata), Robert Foxworth (Charlie Aiken), Guy Boyd (Charlie Aiken), Mariann Mayberry (Karen Weston), Madeleine Martin (Jean Fordham), Johanna Day (Barbara Fordham), Sally Murphy (Ivy Weston), and Troy West (Sherrif Deon Gilbeau).

August: Osage County, currently selling tickets through to 16 Aug 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: 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.

August: Osage County is the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize, and five 2008 Tony Awards: Best Play, Best Leading Actress (Deanna Dunagan), Best Direction, Best Featured Actress (Rondi Reed) and Best Scenic Design.

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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