Faculty Performance Production: August: Osage County (DRA4264.01)

Kirk Jackson, Jenny Rohn

Chronicling the dissolution of three generations of an American family, August: Osage County (2008 winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Play) has been called “a fusion of epic tragedy and black comedy”. Actor/playwright Tracy Letts sourced the darkly comedic and viciously nihilistic drama from his own family and tailored the characters for a specific company of actors that included his father. A laundry list of dysfunction infects the Weston family like malignant tumors, yet the play is less about issues and more about people struggling to diagnose their disease in order to move toward honesty with one another and themselves. This production will challenge in content as well as process by putting the teacher practitioner model on stage. Co-directors Jenny Rohn and Kirk Jackson will assume the roles of the Weston progenitors. Student casting will be nontraditional in regard to age, race, and ethnicity. This course is for students cast or otherwise assigned production responsibilities and represents the work both in and out of rehearsal necessary to build a successful performance and/or collaboration in production. Rehearsals, tech, and performance constitute students’ commitment.

Prerequisites: By audition only. Students should prepare a two minute memorized monologue to be scheduled during Drama auditions held the first week of the term.
Credits: 4
T, W, Th, Fr 7:00pm - 10:00pm; Saturday 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 12
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as 4000, All courses, Drama, Four Credit, Jenny Rohn, Kirk Jackson, and tagged , .