Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County — a much acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize winning play is being staged by veteran actor Lillete Dubey in Gurgaon. Dubey will essay the lead role — that of a drug-addicted, brain-addled matriarch. It is a three hour play with three acts with two small intervals.
The story revolves around a family whose members are all intelligent, sensitive beings with an uncanny ability of making each other feel absolutely miserable. The play takes us through the sufferings the family members go through for losing their father and also for being a part of a dysfunctional Goan family for many years. Strictly for adults, it is a dark play about a dysfunctional family.
Nothing except the name of the city where the family lives has been changed from Pawhuska, Oklahoma to Goa. ‘The play is not about political culture or traditional culture of a family. It is about family relationships and issues and feelings which are universal,’ says director Lillete Dubey.
Many well-known Indian theater and film actors have major roles in the play, with Sandhya Mridul as Barbara, Kitu Gidwani as Mattie, Mita Vashisht as Karen, Suchitra Pillai as Ivy and Amar Talwar as Mattie’s henpecked husband Danny.
‘The play explores the universal themes of family, mother-daughter relationships and sibling and spouse conflicts. My role of the youngest daughter Ivy is a 42-year-old married librarian who has no voice of her own. She has always stayed in the shadows of others and is an introvert which is a complete opposite of me,’ says Suchitra Pillai.
‘The story has many interesting trysts and twists to look out for. The play has more women centric characters but every character has a shocking revelation which is to be looked out for,’ added Pillai.
Lillete is completely smitten by the character Violet which she is playing. ‘Tracy has almost written a Greek tragedy like play and the character of Violet has its own charm. She, despite being a drug-addict and brain-addled, has an amazingly wicked sense of humour. The way she speaks and the impact she has on the other characters in the story is marvelous,’ says Dubey.
‘The beauty of it is that you will be laughing even in the most tragic point of the play. It never gets so dark that it would reduce you to tears. Also, every character has its own importance,’ she said.
At: Epicentre, at Apparel House, Sector-44, Gurgaon
When: 16 July, 7.30 PM
Phone: 0124 2715000
Tickets: Rs 500, 700, 1000