Midcoast Actors’ casts ‘Osage’

Apr 16, 2014
Barbara (Mary Jones) attacks Violet (Christine West) as Bill (Frank John) tries to intervene and others look on in a scene from Midcoast Actors’ Studio’s “August: Osage County,” now in rehearsals.

Belfast — Midcoast Actors’ Studio has announced the cast of its next production, “August: Osage County.” Tracy Letts’ family drama won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for drama and five Tony Awards, including Best Play. It recently was made into a movie starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.

The MAS cast features Christine West as Violet Weston, Brian Ross as Beverly Weston, Mary Keefe O'Brien Jones as Barbara Fordham, Frank John as Bill Fordham, Grace Underhill as Jean Fordham, Shelly Curtain as Ivy Weston, Marie Stickney as Karen Weston, Shari Wick John as Mattie Fae Aiken, James Tatgenhorst as Charlie Aiken, Jason Bannister as Little Charles Aiken, Amanda Pomeroy as Johnna Monevata, James Clayton as Steve Heidebrecht and Rob Bywater as Sheriff Gilbeau.

The production is directed by Robin Equality Jones. Leah Elizabeth Smith is the stage manager. MAS Artistic Director Jason Bannister is producer. John Bielenberg is designing the set, and Elaine Bielenberg is dressing it. Tom Sadowski is light designer. Costume designer is Jennifer Maher. Jay Rosenberg is sound designer. Angela Bonacasa is fight director. Ivy Lobato and Angela Domenichelli will handle props.

Performances will run May 30 through June 8 on the Troy Howard Middle School stage, 173 Lincolnville Ave./Route 52t. Tickets are $15 for all ages; note that this show is not appropriate for children. There will be an optional $10 dinner before each of the two Saturday performances, with a Plains-style menu. For tickets, call the box office at 370-7592; email midcoastactors@gmail.com; or visit midcoastactors.org or the troupe’s Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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