Baby Barredo, Pinky Amador to Lead Rep's AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Meet the stellar cast of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY: (L-R) Front: Angeli Bayani, Pinky Amador, Baby Barredo, Thea Gloria, Liesl Batucan, and Tami Monsod; Back: Kenneth Moraleda, Arnel Carrion, Sheila Francisco, Leo Rialp, Hans Eckstein, Richard Cunanan, and Noel Rayos. Photo by RJ Remulla


Repertory Philippines (Rep) production of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, written by Tracy Letts, will run from Friday, February 21 to Sunday, March 16, 2014 at Onstage Theatre (2/F Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas corner Legazpi St., Makati City).

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is set on the plains of modern day, middle-class Oklahoma. The Weston family members are all intelligent, sensitive creatures who have the uncanny ability of making each other absolutely miserable. When the patriarch of the household mysteriously vanishes, the Weston clan gathers together to simultaneously support and attack one another.

Written with a strong sense of humor, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY tells the meltdown of the Weston family as each member has personal difficulties that are unresolved.

Theater stalwart Chris Millado, who is currently the Vice-President and Artistic Director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, will direct the cast spearheaded by Baby Barredo and Pinky Amador.

Baby Barredo plays Violet Weston, the central character of the play, which tracks her life across the month of August while she lives in Oklahoma. The devious matriarch, Violet is addicted to painkillers (and any other pill she can pop) and alcohol, and is beyond the glory of her life when she was a famous poet. She suffers from cancer of the mouth. But that doesn't stop her from spewing her cynicism or her hilariously sinister insults. She has also lost Beverly, her husband.

Pinky Amador plays Barbara Fordham, the eldest daughter. In many ways, Barbara is the strongest and most sympathetic character. Throughout the play, she tries to gain control of her chaotic mother, her dilapidated marriage, and her pot-smoking 14-year-old daughter.

Tami Monsod plays Ivy Weston, the middle daughter. A quiet librarian and stereotypically mousy. Ivy has stayed close to home, unlike the other errant Weston sisters. This means Ivy has had to endure the acid tongue of her mother. She has a secret love affair with her first cousin.

Liesl Batucan plays Karen Weston, the youngest daughter. She claims to have been unhappy her entire adult life, prompting her to move away from the family and reside in Florida. However, she returns to the Weston home bringing along a fiancé in tow: A successful 50-year-old businessman who, unbeknownst to Karen, turns out to by the most loathsome character in the play.

Leo Rialp plays Beverly Weston, husband of Violet and father to his three 40-something daughters. He was a one-time world-class poet and full-time alcoholic. He's polite, soulful, melancholy, and ultimately suicidal.

KENNETH MORALEDA plays Bill Fordham, Barbara's estranged husband and Jean's father, 49 years old. A college professor, he has left his wife for a younger woman named Cindy, one of his students; but he wants to be there for his family. His marriage is disintegrating and his patience is slowly running thin.

Sheila Francisco plays Mattie Fae Aiken, Violet's sister, Charlie's wife, and Little Charles' mother. Just as jaded as her sister, Mattie Fae constantly belittles her son and antagonizes her husband. Eventually she reveals the major plot point that Beverly, not Charlie, is the real father of Little Charles. Sheila is also the understudy for Violet Weston.

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