August: Osage County, postpones opening night, play extends run by three weeks.

The Steppenwolf Theatre Company have announced that the opening night of Pulitzer Prize finalist Tracy Letts' comic-drama, August: Osage County, scheduled for 20 Nov 2007, has been indefinitely delayed because of the ongoing industrial action that has closed most of Broadway's theatres. A new opening date will be announced at a later date.

Note: due to the Broadway strike there are no performances of the comedy at the present time.

The production will extend its run at the Imperial Theatre by three weeks and will now close on 9 Mar 2008, and not the 17 Feb 2008 as originally scheduled. A statement from the company says the show has been extended "to help recover lost dates from the strike by Local One stagehands."

David Hawkanson, Steppenwolf's executive director, said "We sympathize with our talented New York company and the many theatre fans affected by this unfortunate labour dispute. We hope this extension will allow August to realize its full potential in New York and afford Broadway theatregoers the opportunity to experience this extraordinary production."

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.

The drama recently had its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf, where it ran from 28 Jun - 26 Aug 2007, to critical acclaim. New York Times described the production as a �hugely entertaining�ripsnorter full of blistering, funny dialogue, acid-etched characterizations and scenes of no-holds-barred emotional combat.�

The play features the ensemble from Steppenwolf who reprise their roles for the Broadway run: Ian Barford, Deanna Dunagan, Kimberly Guerrero, Francis Guinan, Dennis Letts, Mariann Mayberry, Amy Morton, Sally Murphy, Jeff Perry, Rondi Reed and Troy West. The production will also include Brian Kerwin, who joins the ensemble for the comedy's Broadway run.

Anna D. Shapiro, will once again direct 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 being produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian, Steve Traxler and Jerry Frankel, in association with Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

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