Play reading: March 9

THE Old Mill Theatre play readings – always free to attend – are back for 2016 with August: Osage County by Tracy Letts on Wednesday, March 9.

This Pulitzer Prize-winning drama tells the dark, sometimes funny but deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family. The saga unfolds on the family estate near Tulsa in the US state of Oklahoma.

The disappearance of the patriarch of the family and resultant mystery brings the three daughters, with husbands or boyfriends in tow, back to the family home to comfort their mother in her time of need. But does this razor-tongued matriarch of this dysfunctional family, with her sixth sense for finding and exploiting the sore spots and secret hurts of everyone around her, need comforting?

The dysfunctional dynamics of the American family – alcoholism, drug addiction, adultery, sexual misbehaviour are all on display here. And let’s not forget the pot-smoking teenage daughter…

August: Osage County premiered in June 2007 at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, opened on Broadway at the Imperial Theatre in December 2007, won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was made into 2013 motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor.

Old Mill Theatre members and friends are invited to attend from 6.30pm for light refreshments with the play reading starting at 7pm. The reading will be held in the theatre’s Constance Ord room.

For enquiries, please call Siobhán O’Gara on 0409 374 731 or siobhanog@westnet.com.au.

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