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Lunchtime Lecture: August: Osage County


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On Wednesday, April 4th, 2018, at Noon, local writer and historian David Garnes will lead an informative talk about Little Theatre’s upcoming production of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts.

Time: Noon – 1 PM
Location: Silk Room at Cheney Hall, 177 Hartford Rd, Manchester
Cost: Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.
Guests are invited to bring a lunch, coffee and tea will be available.
If you cannot attend in person, please join us from your desk with our Facebook Live Stream.


The sweltering August heat of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. A vanished father. A mother that pops pills like jellybeans. Three sisters harboring shameful secrets. Playwright Tracy Letts’ brutal and hilarious masterpiece will lift you out of your seat with laughter one moment and stun you into silence the next. But be warned, the Weston’s venom-tongued matriarch Violet serves up so much bitter hilarity and poignancy, don’t be surprised if you need a few antacids after this family dinner.

Honored in 2008 with the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and five Tony Awards (including Best Play), the Broadway production of AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY was reviewed as “hugely entertaining! A ripsnorter full of blistering, funny dialogue, acid-etched characterizations, and scenes of no-holds-barred emotional combat. The fiercely funny and bitingly sad August: Osage County is a turbo-charged tragicomedy that is a feast for actors and audiences alike.” by the New York Times.

LTM member Michael Forgetta is directing this family dramedy in his third year as Artistic Director at LTM. Since 1991, Michael has been an active LTM member as an actor, director, and administrator. He has over 30 years of both amateur and professional theater experience, including directing LTM’s recent productions of Godspell, Company, and Barefoot in the Park.

“[August] is one of the best plays written in the 21st century. It has comedy, drama, and pathos; it is outrageous, yet connects with reality,” says Forgetta. “It’s a challenging show for both our actors and audiences. It is a show that needs to be experienced, and we are thrilled to give our patrons a chance to see it.”

“But it’s a work not for the faint of heart,” warns Forgetta. August is suitable for adults and older teenagers, as it contains extremely strong language and mature themes.

For more than four seasons, David Garnes has led Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series. He is the author of three books: Waitin’ for the Train to Come In: A Novel of World War II; a book of memoir essays, From My Life: Travels and Adventures; and After the War Was Over: Poems of an American Childhood. His essays have appeared in many publications, including America in WWII, The Isherwood Century, Telling Tales Out Of School, Latin Lovers, Stories From The Other Side, Chicken Soup For the Volunteer’s Soul, Liberating Minds, When A Lifemate Dies, A Loving Testimony, Mourning Our Mothers, and various newspapers and academic reference books. Garnes’ forthcoming books are Back to Manhattan: A Life in New York and Morningside Drive, a spin-off to his World War II novel.

Little Theatre’s Lunchtime Lecture Series is offered the week before the opening night of each production. These popular conversations offer an opportunity to learn about the upcoming shows, providing background information about the play or musical, its production history and the playwright and other artists. These discussions are informal lecture-style with the opportunity to ask questions following the chat. Lunchtime Lectures are free of charge and need no reservations or tickets.

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