NOVA Center for the Performing Arts -- Billings, Montana

Billings Gazette Review 1: August Osage County

Pulitzer Prize winner ‘August: Osage County’ plays at NOVA
November 08, 2013 12:15 am • By Jaci Webb
CASEY PAGE/Gazette Staff

NOVA Center for the Performing Arts is producing the Tracy Letts play, “August: Osage County,” beginning Friday and running through Nov. 23.

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony, Drama Desk and NY Drama Critics awards for best play, this work is a dark comedy. It is directed by NOVA’s interim managing producer Craig Huisenga and features local actors Guy Vieg and Dina Brophy as patriarch Beverly Weston and his oldest daughter, Barbara.

Ruth Nyback, a Red Lodge resident, plays Violet Weston, the matriarch of the extended Weston clan. When Beverly disappears, the family gathers to comfort Violet and re-establish their fragile relationships with each other. The result is one of the American theatre’s all-time dysfunctional family plays.

It is by turns horrifying and laugh-out-loud funny. Prominent local musicians Ed and John Kemmick will provide music for the production.

“August: Osage County” carries the equivalent of an R rating for strong language and adult subject matter. This is a play for adults.

A review in Time magazine said “This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the dinner table with the great American family plays.”

“August: Osage County” plays Nov. 8-9, 15-17 and 21-23. All evening performances are at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinées start at 2 p.m. The playhouse is located at 2317 Montana Ave.

Ticket prices are $20 for adults and $15 for students or seniors. Group discounts are given for parties of 20 or more. Visit or call 406-591-9535 for more information.


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NOVA Center for the Performing Arts  -  2317 Montana Avenue - Billings, MT 59101
PO Box 11
Billings, MT 59103
Phone: 406-591-9535