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Thank you, Mr. Letts.

 

…and I share this, actually, not only with everybody in this room, but all the actors in Chicago, and in storefronts, and everybody who does this crazy, insane, frustrating job—the greatest job on earth. We are the ones who say it to their faces, and we have a unique responsibility.

 

And we here at City Equity thank you, Mr. Letts, for your acknowledgement, your encouragement, and your work—especially for your tale of the Westons of Pawhuska, which will surely be remembered as one of the greatest American plays of the 21st century.

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Meet the Cast and Creatives of August: Osage County – Director – Jonathan Fuller

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Jonathan Fuller is a founder and Co-Artistic Director of City Equity Theatre,  graduate of Alabama School of Fine Arts (1974), and BFA from the Goodman School of Drama, (1978). He is currently also the Artistic Director of the Alabama School of Fine Arts (ASFA) Theatre Arts Department. In his career, Jonathan has worked in many of the country’s prestigious regional theatres such as The Guthrie, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He has starred in over a dozen films such as The Pit and the Pendulum and A Day Without a Mexican. Jonathan is proud to have returned to Birmingham to bring his ongoing theatrical experience and an Actor’s Equity presence back to his home town and students at ASFA. Proud member of Actors’ Equity since 1979.

From Jonathan Fuller:

Webster’s Dictionary definition:

2. ensemble – adjective (circa 1911): emphasizing the roles of all performers as a whole rather than a star performance (ensemble acting).

I don’t think that it is a coincidence that this word’s meaning was applied to the theatre in a time when Stanislavsky’s company was in existence, a company that changed the face of Theatre forever.  Nor is it a coincidence that American actors took that idea to a political scale and formed Actors’ Equity Association which celebrated its centennial on May 26,  2013.

When Alan Gardner and I formed City Equity Theatre in 2006, the idea was to not only build the long-wished for regional Equity theatre company for Birmingham, but also to build an actors’ lab: a place where Birmingham’s actors could come and explore their craft, and explore roles they do not often play, or finally play roles they have wanted to fully explore.

August: Osage County has been truly the most fully realized example of that ideal.  Not to slight other ensembles we have put together, from American Buffalo to Someone Who’ll Watch Over MeThe Cripple of Inishmaan, & Superior Donuts….come to think of it, there have been some real high points  in our company’s history which have stood out.  But August: Osage County has proven a high water mark for our company and, personally, for myself.  I have NEVER witnessed such a high level of commitment towards a project by every single person involved. Everyone brought their A-Game to this, threw themselves in, acted from their guts, made us all often cry and laugh harder than I can remember.  Artistic suggestions were offered by everyone without a single hint of ego or Waiting for Guffman-type tantrums and attitudes.  All of this was to better create this whole…Tracy Letts’ wonderful words and story…to realize Birmingham’s version of the Weston Saga.  And I can’t thank everyone involved enough.  It has been a truly humbling, awe inspiring experience and I urge EVERYONE to come see this final week of our production and see just what The Theatre can do and be.

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Meet the Cast & Creatives of August: Osage County – Beverly Weston – Ron Dauphinee

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Ron has enjoyed being active in the greater Birmingham theatre scene for many years.  He has performed with the Birmingham Children’s Theatre, Red Mountain Theatre, Theatre Downtown, Birmingham Festival Theatre, ACTA, Leeds Arts Council Theatre, and South City Theatre.  Ron has also appeared in many locally produced movies, videos and commercials. This is his first appearance with Equity Theatre.  He hopes you enjoy his performance tonight and that you will continue to support Equity Theatre by your presence at its future productions.

(I worked with Ron in 12 Angry Men at Theatre Downtown. Hard to believe such a sweet, generous fellow could provide the venom he did for Juror #10, and make it seem so natural–he’s very easy to watch, and a pleasure to work with. –PJ)

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Cast photo – August: Osage County

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(L-R: Dane Peterson, Leah Luker, John McGinnis, Grace Brazeal, Carolyn Messina, Ron Dauphinee, Sandra Taylor, Tam DeBolt, Edwin Booth, Jessica Clark, Julie Steward, Patrick Ian McCall, Brad Riegel)

CITY EQUITY THEATRE

Presents

Tracy Letts’ 2008 Pulitzer Prize & Tony Award-winning play

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY

Directed by Jonathan Fuller

TWO WEEKS ONLY!

For our first production on the Virginia Samford main stage, City Equity Theatre brings you Tracy Letts’ ferociously entertaining play, the winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for Best Play. This darkly hilarious play brings you the portrait of the Westons; an Oklahoma family so outrageously dysfunctional, that you’ll be squirming in your seat even as you’re doubled-over laughing!

Our production stars many of Birmingham’s finest actors: Sandra Taylor, Carolyn Messina*, Tam DeBolt**, Leah Luker*, John McGinnis**, Dane Paterson**, Edwin Booth, Julie Steward**, Patrick Ian McCall*, Jessica Clark**, Gracie Brazeal**, Ron Dauphinee, and Brad Riegel**, in what promises to be a production talked about for years to come!

MAY 30TH – JUNE 9th

At the historic Virginia Samford Theatre

1116 26th Street South

Thursday – Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:30 pm

Adult Tickets – $30.00 & $25.00, Groups of 10 or more $17.00

SPECIAL STUDENT WALK-UP PRICE (With school I.D.) Only $5.00!

For Tickets and Information call (205) 251-1226 or go to:

www.cityequitytheatre.org

*Member of ACTORS’ EQUITY ASSOCIATION

**Equity Membership Candidate

Call (205) 251-1206 or go to www.virginiasamfordtheatre.org

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY—VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED

Photo courtesy of Leo Ticheli