Pulitzer Prize & Tony-Winning AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Opens At Florida Rep

March 2
11:49 AM 2011


Pulitzer Prize & Tony-Winning AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY Opens at Florida Rep

Florida Repertory Theatre announced the opening of August: Osage County, a play the New York Times called "fiercely funny" and "turbo-charged." This Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning tragicomedy is a fast-paced, brutally honest look at an American family in crisis, and unfolds on the stage like a like a juicy TV drama. It will both stun audiences and leave them begging for more.

August: Osage County will have it's Southeastern United States premiere at Florida Rep, playing March 11 through 27 with discounted previews March 8, 9 and 10. Florida Rep is experimenting with an earlier curtain time for August: Osage County, and all evening performances will begin at 7:30pm. Curtain times for matinee performances, however, will remain 2pm.

"This really is one of the best plays I've had the pleasure to work on," said Producing Artistic Director and the play's director, Robert Cacioppo, "and I cannot wait for our audiences to experience it. This play is filled with all of the things we delight in watching: it's really funny, it's offensive, it has plot twists, and juicy family secrets are revealed. I promise you that August: Osage County will be one of the most memorable evenings you will ever spend in the theatre."

August: Osage County is a terrifyingly real play about a father who disappeares, a mother caught in the grip of addiction, a marriage unraveling and a family approaching total meltdown. This is one family reunion you don't want to miss. The New York Times raved that August "is flat-out, no asterisks and without qualification, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years!" August: Osage County is a searing dark comedy that delights in its very adult content, mature language and dramatic situations. It's an electric evening at the theatre, but is not recommended for the easily offended - and that is why you will love it.

The production brings together what can only be called an "All-Star Line-Up" of Florida Rep ensemble members - thirteen in total - as well as a few new faces on the Arcade stage. All of them are true masters of their craft, and Florida Rep audiences will recognize Sara Morsey (The Glass Menagerie; The Last Romance), Carrie Lund (Sylvia; Noises Off), Mark Chambers (Boeing-Boeing), Chris Clavelli (Sylvia; Opus), Jan Wikstrom (Dancing at Lughnasa), Stacey Scotte (Absurd Person Singular), Rachel Burttram (Gaslight, Trying), Greg Longenhagen (Tuesdays with Morrie, Rounding Third), and John-Patrick Driscoll (Almost Maine). Newcomers to Florida Rep include Ray McDavitt, David Sitler, Ashley Price and Florida Rep intern, Megan Carr.

Robert Cacioppo (Gaslight, You Can't Take It with You) directs the production and is joined by an expert creative team that includes Jim Hunter (set designer; The Big Bang), David Upton (lighting designer; Alone Together), Roberta Malcolm (Costume Designer; Gaslight), Kate Smith (Sound Designer; The Santaland Diaries), and Amy L. Massari (Stage Manager; Noises Off).

August: Osage County by Tracy Letts plays at Florida Rep March 11-27, with nearly sold-out discounted previews on March 8 at 7:30pm, March 9 at 2pm and March 10 at 7:30pm. All evening performances of August: Osage County begin at 7:30pm. Regular performances are Tuesday - Saturday at 7:30pm, with matinees on Wednesdays Sundays and selected Saturdays at 2pm. The run also features a Special 7pm Twilight Performance on Sunday Mar. 12.

August: Osage County is sponsored by Robb & Stucky Interiors and Florida Weekly.

Subscriptions and single tickets are now on sale through the box office at 239-332-4488. Single tickets are priced at $44/$39 and $25/$20 for discounted previews. Subscribe Now and see 3 shows for just $99 with Florida Rep's popular Rush Pass.

Florida Repertory Theatre performs in the Historic Arcade Theatre on Bay St. between Jackson & Hendry with free parking in the Fort Myers River District. Visit Florida Rep online at www.floridarep.org or on facebook at facebook.com/FloridaRep.


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Beau Higgins Currently spending his time between New York and Florida, Beau was born to a theatrical family in Brooklyn. He studied drama at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and at HB Studios. He studied theater singing with Julia Sperratore and Helen Gallagher. Beau later taught drama at the Lincoln Center Square for the Arts. It was at this time Beau began working with the Theater Development Fund and helped found New York's famed HALF PRICE TICKET BOOTH. Early in his career, Beau was screen tested and contracted for Warner Brothers. He co-hosted, an early cable variety series on Manhattan's Teleprompter channel. At this time he directed the Johnny Specca musical, SEX IS..? at the Lincoln Center Library Theater. Beau has performed Off-Broadway in FAT FELL DOWN, The Comic Strip Theater's LITTLE LULU AND THE INVISIBLE INK and WILL THE REAL ZOOPERMAN PLEASE STAND UP. Around the country he has delighted audiences with his performances in ANYTHING GOES, THE APPLE TREE, GUYS & DOLLS, and HELLZAPOPPIN! He sang for New York audiences at such cabarets as The Duplex and Upstairs at the Downstairs. He has had numerous television appearances but is most proud to have been a winning contestant on the game shows JACKPOT and THE $20,000 PYRAMID.


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