Tony Winners Deanna Dunagan and Rondi Reed Will Reunite With Original August: Osage County Cast in L.A.
19 Jun 2014
Original Steppenwolf and Broadway cast members of August: Osage County, including Tony winners Deanna Dunagan and Rondi Reed, will reunite as part of the LA Theatre Works five-performance live recording of the dark family play at UCLA's James Bridges Theater July 10-13.
The limited-engagement at the James Bridges Theater (235 Charles E. Young Drive, Los Angeles, CA) will feature original Steppenwolf and Broadway cast members Dunagan, Reed, Kimberly Guerrero, Francis Guinan and Mariann Mayberry and national tour cast member Shannon Cochran. All five performances will be recorded live in front of the audience to air on L.A. Theatre Works' syndicated radio theater series, which broadcasts weekly on public radio stations nationwide and locally, in Southern California, on KPFK 90.7 FM.
The play by Tracy Letts (The Realistic Joneses, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) recounts the story of, "the Weston family [who] gathers during a brutal summer heat wave to provide comfort to their bitter, substance-abusing matriarch and find their missing father." The play opened on Broadway in December 2007, after originating at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, and ran for 648 performances.
The production won five Tony Awards in 2008, including Best Play for Letts, Best Direction of a Play for Anna Shapiro, Best Leading Actress for Dunagan and Best Featured Actress in a Play for Reed.
Tickets range from $15-$60 and exact times, dates and performances can be found at latw.org or by calling (310) 827-0889. L.A. Theatre Works' radio theater series can also be streamed on demand at that address.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.