Steppenwolf’s "AOC" – National Tour planned

A scene from Broadway's 'August Osage County The producers of the Purlitzer Prize winning, 7-time Tony-nominated August: Osage County, written by Chicago playwright Tracy Letts (and directed by Steppenwolf’s Anne D. Shapiro), have just announced that they will be mounting a national tour of the play in 2009,

The tour’s first stop will be San Francisco’s Curran Theatre, August 11th-September 6th, 2009.  Subsequent 2009 engagements have yet to be announced.

Although August premiered here in Chicago, and enjoyed a sold-out extended run at Steppenwolf Theatre, I’m hoping that the tour will make a pit stop back in the Windy City.  I would definitely love to see it again!

August: Osage County can currently be seen on Broadway at The Music Box Theatre on 45th Street.  More info is available here.

Chicago Tribune’s Top Plays of 2007

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In alphabetical order, here are the Chicago Tribune’s choices for the top 10 plays of 2007:

The Adding Machine
(Next Theatre – and soon Off-Broadway)

August: Osage County
(Steppenwolf – and now receiving rave reviews on Broadway)

Between Barack and a Hard Place
(Second City)

The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow

Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
(Congo Square)

Merchant on Venice
(Silk Road Theatre Project)

(Writers Theatre)

(Marriott Theatre)

The Sparrow
(House Theatre)

A Stead Rain
(Chicago Dramatists)

To see further discussion regarding each show, go to Chris Jones’ The Theater Loop blog posting.

Chris Jones’ Best-of-2007

Chris Jones, theatre-critic extraordinaire, announces his picks for the top plays and performances of 2007.  (fyi: I have no idea why this woman’s face is the picture of the video – she is not in any part of the actual video. Does anyone know who she is – and why she is?)

“August: Osage County” racks up 6 Jeff Awards!

Osage County set

While director Anna Shapiro was busy in New York, in the middle of previews for Steppenwolf Theatre’s August: Osage CountyBroadway run, the original Chicago production handedly took home 6 Jeff Awards for the Tracy Letts’ play, including:

* Best Production
* Best Ensemble
* Best New Work: Tracy Letts
* Best Director: Anna D. Shapiro
* Best Actress in a Principal Role: Deanna Dunagan
* Best Scenic Design: Todd Rosenthal

Congratulations to Steppenwolf for these much-deserved awards!

Speaking of “August….”, Steppenwolf has posted a new video on YouTube – a rough interview with some of the ensemble members (Jeff Perry, Francis Guinan, Amy Morton and Mariann Mayberry) regarding the process of bringing the play to New York.  Check it out…