WATERVILLE – Aqua City Actor’s Theatre and the Waterville Opera House join forces to present Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning play “August: Osage County.” Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. May 30, 31 and June 6 and 7, and at 2 p.m. June 1 and 8 on the main stage of the Waterville Opera House.

The play exposes the complicated dynamics of the Weston family, through laughter and tears. Though years have passed since the Weston sisters lived at home, family resentments lie just below the surface and stunning secrets are revealed when the family gathers, following the disappearance of its patriarch. Originally produced by Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, the play enjoyed a highly successful run on Broadway, garnering five Tony awards, including Best Play.

The production features an ensemble of local actors, including the ACAT debut of Andrea Itkin in the lead role of Violet Weston. The cast also includes Dee Cooke, Heidi Holst, Randolph M. Jones, Joe Klapatch, Margaret Matheson, Henry Quintal, Kathy Reardon, Bart Shattuck, Jeralyn K. Shattuck, Andrew Smith, Larry Vinal and Hannah Weston, according to a Waterville Opera House press release.

“We are very fortunate to be able to perform in the Opera House,” says director Michael Jinbo in the release. “It would have been difficult, if not impossible, to mount a play of this size in the Studio Theater, our usual home. It has been fun and challenging to put together this modern masterpiece. This is a powerful play with big laughs and wrenching emotions, all played out on an operatic scale. I hope audiences will join us for the wild ride and a great ending to our 15th anniversary season!”

Tickets cost $15 adults, $12 youth/senior. Tickets can be purchased at the Waterville Opera House, by phone at 873-7000, or online at tickets.operahouse.org. A complimentary gala reception follows the opening night performance.

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