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“August: Osage County” at the Phoenix Theatre

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"August: Osage County" at the Phoenix Theatre.

"August: Osage County" at the Phoenix Theatre. Photo credit: Zach Rosing.

ABOVE: (L to R) Jean (Abby Hart), Charles (Charles Goad), Little Charles (Matthew Roland), Mattie Fae (Gayle Steigerwald), Barbara (Diane Kondrat), Steve (Richard S. Rand), Bill (Bill Simmons), Ivy (Gail Bray), and Violet (Martha Jacobs) in a scene from the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play. Photo provided by the Phoenix Theatre and used with written permission.

By Lori Raffel
Phoenix Theatre

The Phoenix Theatre of Indianapolis announces the opening of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning August: Osage County by Tracy Letts. This fiercely funny play about an American family opens Thursday, February 16 on the Phoenix Mainstage.

While today’s new plays often call for a minimalist set and small cast, August: Osage County broke away from these trends when premiering in 2008, requiring a three-story home to be constructed on stage, a classical three act structure, and a cast of 13. “Although the play has a larger-than-usual set and cast for the Phoenix, the elements that we look for in a piece are all there. Each character is fully developed, dealing with complex, current issues, and each one travels their own journey through the course of the play,” says Phoenix Producing Director Bryan Fonseca who is also directing August: Osage County.

Winner of numerous prizes and critical acclaim, August: Osage County was named to dozens of “Best of” lists, and The New York Times critic Charles Isherwood called the play “the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years. Fiercely funny and bitingly sad, this turbo-charged tragicomedy — which spans three acts and more than three blissful hours doesn’t just jump-start the fall theater season…August throws it instantaneously into high gear.”

“Casting this show was certainly a labor of love,” says Fonseca.  “The first audition was a read-through of the Act 2 funeral dinner and when I looked on that stage, I saw the sheer amount of their combined years in theatre, the length of the friendships those people represented to me personally and the tremendous amount of talent embodied by those actors.  Now each rehearsal is like a reunion of sorts, like looking back at the history of the Phoenix.”

August: Osage County

By Tracy Letts
Directed by Bryan Fonseca

A father disappears on a hot summer night. A pill-popping mother summons her grown daughters back home. Dinner is served, lies are told, and the battle commences. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play is a  vivid portrait of familial dysfunction brought to life by an all-star central Indiana cast.

Phoenix Theatre
Phoenix Mainstage
749 N. Park Avenue, Indianapolis, IN  46202

February 16-March 11, 2012
Opening night: 7pm Thursday, February 16, 2012.


Ivy Weston                             Gail Bray                                           

Johnna Monevata                    Erin Cohenhour                               

Beverly Weston                      Ken Farrell                                       

Charles Aiken                         Charles Goad

Jean Fordham                          Abby Hart                                         

Violet Weston                         Martha Jacobs                                  

Sheriff Deon Bilbeau              Ronn Johnstone                               

Barbara Fordham                    Diane Kondrat

Steve Heidebrecht                  Richard S. Rand                              

Little Charles Aiken                Matthew Roland                              

Bill Fordham                           Bill Simmons                                     

Mattie Fae Aiken                    Gayle Steigerwald

Karen Weston                         Diane Timmerman                           

Producer, Director                  Bryan Fonseca                                                                                  

Assistant Stage Managers       David Santangelo, Chelsey Wood

Set Design                               Bernie Killian

Lighting Design                      Michael Jackson

Sound Design                         Tim Brickley                                     

Technical Director                   Nolan Brokamp

Costume Design, Props           Ashley Kiefer

Multi-Media Designer             Cody Grady                                      

Barnes & Thornburg


Tracy Letts was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for August: Osage County, which played on Broadway for over a year, following a sold-out run at Steppenwolf in 2007. Other accolades include five Tony Awards (including Best Play), an Olivier Award and six Jeff Awards (including Best Play). Mr. Letts is also the author of Superior Donuts, which had its world premiere at Steppenwolf in 2008 and opened on Broadway in 2009; Man from Nebraska, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2003 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been produced in Chicago, London and New York; and Bug, which has played in New York, Chicago and at the Phoenix Theatre. He has appeared at Steppenwolf in Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also in Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, Road to Nirvana, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of The Glass Menagerie. Television credits include: The District, Profiler, Prison Break, The Drew Carey Show, Seinfeld and Home Improvement. Film appearances include Guinevere, U.S. Marshals and Chicago Cab.


CheapSeats performances on Thursdays will be priced at $20 for August: Osage County. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday performance tickets will be $30 for all shows. The Phoenix will offer a youth rate of $20 for August: Osage County, for those individuals aged 20 and younger.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 317-635-7529 to charge by phone, and are available online at All seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Performances are Thursdays at 7:00 pm; Fridays at 8:00 pm, Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm, unless otherwise noted on our website. Doors open ½ hour prior to curtain for seating. The Phoenix Pub, located inside the theatre, offers beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee and bottled water, as well as treats, and all refreshments may be taken into either theatre and consumed during the performance.

For more information about any Phoenix productions or to purchase tickets, call the Phoenix Theatre box office at 317.635.7529. Tickets may also be purchased online. The theatre’s website is



“The Phoenix Theatre has cornered the market on hip new works.” — Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

The Phoenix Theatre is Indiana’s only professional contemporary theatre, and has presented productions to challenge and entertain the Indianapolis community for 29 years. An Equity house, the Theatre presents the Midwest and Indiana premieres of many popular Broadway and Off-Broadway plays, and has presented more than 83 world premieres in its quarter century. The Phoenix operates the 130-seat proscenium Mainstage as well as the 75-seat cabaret-style black box Frank & Katrina Basile Theatre. The Phoenix Pub, located in the Basile Theatre, serves beer, wine, coffee, soft drinks, water, and treats, and patrons may take all refreshments into either theatre. Both venues are housed along with administrative offices in a renovated 1907 church in downtown Indianapolis’ historic Chatham Arch neighborhood, part of the Mass Ave Arts & Theatre District. The Phoenix Theatre is a member of the National New Play Network and the League of Indianapolis Theatres, and is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission, the Arts Council of Indianapolis, and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as local corporate and foundation funders and more than 400 individual donors.