August: Osage County: “The best show I’ve seen in community theater this year!”

What audiences are saying about Providence Players’ production of August: Osage County

Beth Gilles-Whitehead (as Barbara) and Jayne L. Victor (as Violet) give performances that “will stay with you for a long time.” Photo by Chip Gertzog.

The best show I’ve seen in community theater this year!  And I’ve seen a lot.  I am so glad we came.” – Opening Night Patron

“The performances were so strong…that after a while it felt that we were not watching actors but the actual members of the family….We’ve been going to Arena Stage for years, and your production [of August: Osage County] was one of the best plays we have ever seen!”   – Opening Weekend Patron

“Just extraordinary acting. You won’t find a better entertainment value in the entire DC Metro Area.”  – Saturday Night Patron

“I think this is the best show we’ve ever done.” – A Founding Member

What the critics are saying…

“Michael Donahue directs a strong, searing ensemble in this production, which proves to be as riotous as it is intensely tragic.” 

“This is a show that will have you laughing through your tears.”

“The actors all do fantastic jobs with their characters, but Jayne L. Victor’s and Beth Gilles-Whitehead’s performances as Violet and Barbara will stay with you for a long time.” 

“A stellar production team creates the ideal atmosphere for this piece.” 

Read the entire review by Julia Exline from DC Metro Theater Arts. Read more

Comedy-drama on Family Matters: Fairfax Connection

Providence Players in rehearsal for “August: Osage County”: Beth Gilles Whitehead as Barbara Fordham and Clint Bagwell as Bill Fordham. Photo by Chip Gertzog/Courtesy Providence Players

By David Siegel

Read the entire article.  Excerpts below.

With plenty of wit and toughness, and winner of the Pulitzer Prize and multiple Tony Awards including Best Play, “’August: Osage County’ may be one of the best American plays of our time,” said David Whitehead, Providence Players board. “Its portrayal of the collapse of the nuclear family brings to the fore societal changes that have happened over time and across cultures.”

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“August: Osage County” – Top 8 Reasons to See This Production!

The Weston sisters played by Mary Zuzik Andrechik as Karen, Beth Gilles-Whitehead as Barbara and Andra Whitt as Ivy. Photo by Chip Gertzog.

Why Should I See August: Osage County?

Here are the top eight (8) reasons:

Reason #1:  Because it’s a play for the century. 

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best New Play, August: Osage County is one of the most riveting and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway history. But don’t take our word for it, see what the critics think:

  • “Tracy Letts’ fiercely funny, turbo-charged tragicomedy is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.” – Charles Isherwood, New York Times.
  • “Enormously Entertaining…” Clive Barnes, New York Post.
  • “A great big exhilarating gift for theatergoers.” Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News.
  • “Ranks with the best American drama of the past decade!” Elysa Gardner, USA Today.
  • “An astonishing, incredibly funny creation, introducing a major playwright to Broadway!” Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press.
  • Read:  The first great American play of the 21st century – The Guardian, Nov 22, 2008

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A Sneak Peek of Tracy Letts, “August: Osage County”

Tracy Lett’s award-winning “tragicomedy” receives high praise from critics:

  • “Tracy Letts’ fiercely funny, turbo-charged tragicomedy is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years.” – Charles Isherwood, New York Times.
  • “Enormously Entertaining…” Clive Barnes, New York Post.
  • “A great big exhilarating gift for theatergoers.” Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News.
  • “An astonishing, incredibly funny creation, introducing a major playwright to Broadway!” Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press.

Rehearsals are in full swing!

Meet the director and cast in our previous post.

“I love a good rehearsal. Empty plates and scripts all over the table. Dinner will be ready on March 29!” – Beth S. Gilles Whitehead (plays Barbara Fordham). Photo by Chip Gertzog.

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Audiences love, critics praise “Oleanna.” Few tickets left for final performances!

“Oleanna…is the perfect night out for both delicious Italian cuisine and hearty theatre fare that will leave you eager for more of each.” – Critic, DC Metro Theater Arts.

Read the full review here.

Christopher Crockett as John and Amanda Ranowsky as Carol. Photo by Chip Gertzog.

“Oleanna” plays to sold out houses. Final two shows sold out. Few tickets remain for Thursday night performance.  Don’t delay, get your tickets now.


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A Sneak Peek of David Mamet’s “Oleanna”

Starring Christopher Crockett and Amanda Ranowsky. Directed by Julie Janson. Photo by Chip Gertzog.

We added more seats, but don’t delay.  They are selling fast.  Get your tickets today!

Director, Julie Janson. Photo by Rob Cuevas.

“Staged during the aftermath of the Anita Hill hearings, David Mamet’s 1992 Oleanna electrified and enraged audiences, producing countless accounts of outbursts during, and arguments after, the play. Described as “a buzz saw of gender, sex, and power” (David Marcus, The Federalist), Oleanna takes on new life in the #metoo movement. While often described as a commentary on sexual harassment and political correctness, Oleanna is a play about what happens when we stop listening to each other and forget that we are all human.”  Director, Julie Janson. Read more

Audition Announcement “Leaving Iowa” – 6 to 8 Roles Open – April 1 & 3

Leaving Iowa

By Tim Clue & Spike Manton
Directed by Julie Janson

Called “a comedy with a surprisingly deep soul… simultaneously hilarious and touching,” Leaving Iowa portrays Don’s journey to return his father’s ashes to his childhood home, only to discover that Grandma’s house is now a grocery store. This father-and-son road trip shifts smoothly from the present to Don’s memories of the annual, torturous vacations of his childhood: the classic American summer vacation, which often meant being trapped in the back seat of a station wagon. Don’s memories bring to life the people of his past and present, weave a tale of reconciling idealism with reality, and ultimately show us what it means to love one’s family.

Providence Players of Fairfax is:

  • A non-profit community theater troupe. All participation is on a volunteer basis. No members of the cast or crew are compensated.
  • A membership organization. Membership is not required to audition. If cast, all actors (and in fact, all volunteers), are required to become members of Providence Players of Fairfax ($25 per individual or $60 per family – three or more) for the season (if not already a member).

Download the entire Audition Announcement and Form.

Download a copy of the Theater Access Schedule for this show.  This is not the specific rehearsal schedule (which will be supplied by the Director), but it will give you an idea for the commitment you are making – rehearsal space and performance – and how to identify conflicts.

Casting Announcement

Providence Players is casting six to eight (6-8) roles, three to four (3-4) men and three to four (3-4) women.  No roles are precast, and all roles are open.  All backgrounds, ages, ethnicities welcome and encouraged to attend! Read more

Scholarship Applications Now Being Accepted for College-Bound Seniors!

Providence Players of Fairfax Scholarship Program (deadline April 30, 2019)

Emily Adler, 2011 Scholarship Recipient.

As a way of nurturing future theater artists and recognizing the contribution graduating high school seniors have made to the arts community in our region, Providence Players has established a scholarship program that provides scholarships to college-bound students from area high schools. Scholarships are limited each year. This year, we anticipate awarding three scholarships, $1,500 each, to 2019 graduating seniors with a demonstrated commitment to theater arts who have been accepted to a U.S. accredited college or university or conservatory program with an intent to further contribute to theater arts.

Eligible graduating seniors must (1) reside within the school boundaries of Annandale, Fairfax, Falls Church, George Mason, Justice, Marshall, Bishop O’Connell, Trinity Meadow View, Woodson or Yorktown high schools OR (2) have been a member of PPF for at least one year. It is not required that applicants commit to a theater arts major in college, only that they plan on continuing their involvement and contribution to theater arts in the future. Download the 2019 Scholarship Application Form (in Microsoft Word or in Adobe PDF format) to apply.

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