August: Osage County tells the tale of the dysfunctional Westin clan, who all come together after the death of patriarch Beverly Weston (Sam Shepard). His wife Violet, who is fighting mouth cancer and a growing dependency on pain pills, sees her entire clan return home for the services, including her sister Mattie Fae Aiken and her husband Charles and their son "Little" Charles. Also arriving are Violet's three daughters: Barbara, her husband, Bill, and daughter Jean, Ivy, and wild child Karen who brings her fiancé, Steve. As the clan bickers and jokes, old truths come to the surface, jealousies flourish, and eventually each of the characters confronts some past hurt or future fear. (taken from August: Osage County (2013) - Plot Summary - IMDb)
It wasn’t exactly the happy feel good show that we needed to open the season, but Dennis (the director) insisted we not scrap it. There was a lot of showing, cussing and blaming. However, there was also some laughs and it would be a grave disservice to not give the actors and actresses the kudos they deserve. Their acting was powerful and topnotch. Judy Williamson, who played the mother, gave what I think has been her best performance to date. I was blown away by her work (and she started with SCT when she was only 14). Melissa, who played the eldest daughter, delivered such a strong and on-the-mark performance, my breath was taken away.
I also have to give them kudos for doing it all on a practically bare stage and often in costumes that weren’t exactly suited for our still chilly nights. A minimum of lighting and sound, along with just basic props, meant they had to carry the show upon acting alone.
Would it have been as enjoyable if things hadn’t gone pear shape last year? I don’t know. Perhaps it was the setting, by a lake in the cool night air, that gave it such a sensation of new beginnings, or the fact that we are all theatre starved at this point. I’m not sure, but all I know is what I saw was the best that community theatre has to offer. My hat is off to them. What a night!
Stage right (with the last Venetian Bridge still in place)
The 'house (we were at the brown table in front) I felt like a judge. Four source 4's was the only light sorce. They limited the audience to 75 and we had 70 seats taken
To the left is the rental office and to the right in the theatre.