“August: Osage County” to premiere at Bainbridge Little Theatre this Thursday

Published 10:31 am Wednesday, March 1, 2023

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The Bainbridge Little Theatre is selling tickets for their next big production premiering this week, “August: Osage County”. The play was written by Tracy Letts, and premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in 2007. A brief synopsis of the plot is that, following the disappearance of Beverly Weston, head of the Weston family, disappears, the rest of the family comes together to care for his wife, Violet, where family secrets are revealed.

Riley Forrest is the director of the Little Theatre’s production, which has been in development since January. “Our first auditions were on the ninth,” she said, “and we’ve been having three nights a week rehearsal ever since.”

The production has made some changes to the play during the course of production. “In the read-through we actually didn’t cut any of the language,” Forrest explained, “so it was a lot of fun to hear exactly what Tracy wanted the play to sound like, but to make it more pallet table to our audiences, we toned down some of the language, so more people could relate to it better.”

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The cast list is s follows:

Kier Klepzig – Beverly & Charlie

Krystal Carter – Violet 

Krysti Ramer – Barbara

Ben Sasser – Bill

Teri McCord – Jean

Heather Dean – Karen

Phillip Lambert – Steve

Stephanie Harrity – Ivy

Hannah Lewis – Johanna

Donna Pearl Cotterell – Mattie Fae 

Stevie Hall – Little Charles

Willie Ray – Sheriff Deon

While Forrest serves as director, Willie Ray is stage manager, with Josh Apke designing the sets.

“I just encourage people to fall in love with this family, to listen to the stories that they say, and their little conversations,” Forrest said. “The little things they say, those make a big impact into the rest of the story.”

Opening night is this Thursday at 7:30 PM, with performances held each night at 7:30 until Sunday, with the last performance scheduled for 2:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased on the theatre’s website, bainbridgelittletheatre.com

Forrest encouraged members of the community to come see the play, saying, “I encourage them to come see the show. Theatre is very important, theatre is a reflection of the real world and what happens in the real world. I encourage them to come in here with that mindset… to take the message that Tracy, the playwrite, is trying to give to us, take it home and see how they can apply it to their life.”