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August: Osage County

Estelle Parsons stars as the matriarch of an extended clan approaching meltdown in August: Osage County, the gripping and darkly funny tale that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.

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2008 Tony Award for Best Play and Pulitzer Prize for Drama
August: Osage County
Starring Estelle Parsons
Written by Tracy Letts
Directed by Anna D. Shapiro
"One of the best plays of the year. A triumph!"
--New York Magazine

"It is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years."

--The New York Times

"This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the dinner table with the great American family plays."

–Time Magazine
Steppenwolf's August: Osage County is a grand, gripping new play that tells the story of the Westons, a large extended clan that comes together at their rural Oklahoma homestead when the alcoholic patriarch disappears. Forced to confront unspoken truths and astonishing secrets, the family must also contend with matriarch Violet, a pill-popping, deeply unsettled woman at the center of this storm. Starring Estelle Parsons as Violet, this is one of those rare theatrical events that blends a large-scale production with unforgettable characters, a talented cast, and a powerful tale told with unflinching honesty. Raves Charles Isherwood of the New York Times, "This isn't theater-that's-good-for-you theater. It's theater that continually keeps you hooked with shocks, surprises, and delights, although it has a moving, heart-sore core."
This performance contains strong language and mature themes.
Timing:  Act I - 65 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act II - 51 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Act III - 65 min.

Notice: There are a limited number of $25 tickets available for this engagement. They are available for purchase in-person only at the Kennedy Center Box Office with a limit of two (2) tickets per person. Prior to coming to the Kennedy Center, please call (202) 467-4600 to check availability.

All seats $25 for Weekday Matinees at 1:30 p.m.: Wed., Nov. 25; Thu., Dec. 3; Thu., Dec. 10; and Thu., Dec. 17.


News and Reviews

Watch and Listen

In Conversation: Estelle Parsons: Influences

Estelle Parsons shares the influence of Lee Strasberg & Arthur Penn on her acting process.
In Conversation: Estelle Parsons: On Acting Part One

The film, television, and stage actress discusses acting in the different mediums.
In Conversation: Estelle Parsons: On Acting Part Two

Estelle Parsons looks at character choices and acting in modern theater.
In Conversation: Estelle Parsons: Violet's American Nightmare

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