‘August: Osage County’ tells tale of love, betrayal
Loss, love, betrayal, addiction, anger and jealousy will share the stage when Lawton Community Theatre premieres “August: Osage County” on Friday.
Set on a farm house in a small Oklahoma town, this Pulitzer Prize winning play explores the complexity of family and the darkness that lurks just below the surface of small town living.
Deidre Onishi, associate professor at Cameron University, is directing the production. While Onishi is a veteran of theatre, this marks her first time directing a play for Lawton Community Theatre.
Originally, Onishi had hopes to direct the upcoming production of “Peter Pan” because of her background in children’s theatre. But that play already had a director. Instead, she was offered the reigns for “August: Osage County.”
“I knew the play quite well, and I had wanted to work with LCT for a longtime, so it was an easy yes for me,” Onishi said. “The diligence with which the actors approach their roles here, it’s a different kind of energy than students bring.”
The cast and crew will be in dress rehearsals all week, leading right up to the premiere on Friday night. Onishi describes the play as “realist” but also said that it can be thought of as a tragicomedy.