“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton,” quipped George Bernard Shaw, “you may as well make it dance.”
Playwright Tracy Letts – he of the trailer trash epics Killer Joe and Bug – does that and more in August: Osage County.
Crisis has compelled the three daughters of Beverly and Violet Weston to convene in their parent’s ramshackle homestead in Pawhuska, Oklahoma.
Their father, Beverly, once a celebrated poet, lately a full time drunk, has walked out the back door and disappeared, leaving prescription drug-addicted Violet in the care of a newly-hired live-in domestic.
With their significant others and a mountain of emotional baggage in train (a secret love affair, a marriage on the rocks, a sleazy boyfriend, a surly teenager), Barbara, Karen, and Ivy reluctantly set about planning for Violet’s future.
For Violet, however, this is a golden opportunity – and quite possibly her last chance, seeing that she has mouth cancer – to set the record straight. Fortified with painkillers, she lets rip, shooting down her family, one by one, with “the truth”, as she sees it, with barbs envenomed with a lifetime of anger and pain.
Louise Fischer directs this New Theatre production featuring Alice Livingstone, Peter Flett, Lynden Jones, Emilia Stubbs Grigoriou and Emily Weare.