Theatre Department

August: Osage County
Written by Tracy Letts, Directed by Omar Sangare

Must the Promised Land necessarily become cursed and haunted? Is it possible to curtail moral downfall and pursue happiness instead? In his eye-opening play, Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts reveals the secrets of an American family collapsing under the weight of its own mistakes and avalanching toward final disintegration. The play surged in popularity after a screen adaptation starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, for which both were nominated for Oscars. As directed by Associate Professor Sangare, this theatrical production will examine contemporary relationships and investigate personal and social values. Sangare will be joined by the same international group of theatre creators that collaborated with him on the production of “Princess Ivona” at the ’62 Center in 2015, later featured at Theatre Row in NYC. A set designer from Poland, a choreographer who performs at the world-renowned Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch in Germany, a lighting designer from Broadway, and two Williams alumni—a sound designer and dramaturg—will reunite to surprise the audience yet again with an innovative theatrical creation, uncovering new meanings between the lines of the classic script.

The Berkshire Eagle

New York Arts

CAST:

Evi Mahon as Violet Weston
TL Guest as Beverly Weston
Gabrielle Amos-Grosser as Johnna Monevata
Caroline Fairweather as Barbara Weston-Fordham
Jackson Zerkle and Michael Tcherepashenets as Bill Fordham
Sophie Gaddes as Jean Fordham
Victoria Jasuta as Mattie Fae Aiken
Ashish Solanki as Charles Aiken
Jack Romans as Little Charlie Aiken
Jacqueline Simone as Karen Weston
Brigid Bruno as Ivy Weston
Danny Donahue as Steve Huberbrecht
Michael Kidd-Phillips as Sheriff Deon Gilbeau
Samuel.B.Stark as Understudy

CREATIVE TEAM:

Director: Omar Sangare
Dramaturg: Ilya Khodosh, Yale
Stage Movement: Pau Aran Gimeno from Pina Bausch Company
Set Designer: Joanna Kus, Poland
Lighting Designer: Coby Chasman-Beck, NYC
Sound Designer: Stephen Simalchik, NYC
Costume Designer: Deborah Brothers, Williams
Props Artisan: Paige Carter, Williams
Fight Choreographer: Alexander Sovronsky, Berkshires
Production Manager: Emily Rea, Williams
Stage Manager: Moiz Rehan, Williams
Graphic Designer: Julia Kwinto, U.K.
Asst. to the Set Designer: Konstanty Konopinski, Poland
Animation Advisor: Szymon Prewysz-Kwinto, U.K.
Teaching Assistants: John Salemi and Michael Tcherepashenets, Williams