Photo Flash: Ian McShane Visits 'August: Osage County'
August: Osage County's official Broadway opening night is rescheduled for Tuesday, December 4, 2007. The play began preview performances on October 30, 2007, but the stagehands' strike prompted August to suspend performances and postpone its official opening at Imperial Theatre (249 W. 45th St). Steppenwolf Theatre announced plans last week to extend the play's run by three weeks to help recover lost dates from the strike. The added performances will extend August's Broadway run through March 9, 2008.
The highly-anticipated new American play by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Steppenwolf ensemble member Tracy Letts (Bug, Killer Joe) is making its Broadway premiere direct from Steppenwolf's sold-out engagement in Chicago.
"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. With rich insight and brilliant humor, Letts paints a vivid portrait of a Midwestern family at a turning point," state press notes.
Anna D. Shapiro (The Pain and the Itch, Iron) directs the production. The design team will feature sets by Todd Rosenthal, costumes by Ana Kuzmanic, lighting by Ann Wrightson, sound design by Richard Woodbury and David Singer will create original music.
The ensemble from Steppenwolf will 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. Brian Kerwin joins the cast in New York.
The performance schedule is as follows: Tuesdays Fridays at 7:30PM, Saturdays at 8PM, Wednesdays & Saturdays at 2PM and Sundays at 3PM.
Photos by Noah Himmelstein
Ian McShane and Anna Shapiro (Director)
Ian McShane, Gwen McShane, Tracy Letts (Playwright) and Troy West