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Popular play set to debut in Denton

Popular play set to debut in Denton

Popular play set to debut in Denton
September 19
14:08 2013

Carina Aquino / Staff Writer

Serving up truth with a side of frying pan and fear is Denton Community Theatre’s opening fall production, August: Osage County. The show debuts Friday at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre.

The 2008 Pulitzer Prize winner is a dark, comedic drama about a dysfunctional Oklahoma family that is exquisitely skilled at making others miserable, according to the DCT web page. The play contains adult themes and language.

“There’s a lot of violence, domestic violence, things like that,” stage combat director Jordan Love said. “The family relationship decays into physical abuse.”

Though it’s his first time using the official “director” title, Love has plenty of experience involving the safety of the cast and the thrills of the audience.

“I’ve been working in theatrical stage combat since I was in high school, when I had my first encounter with it,” Love said. “But I went and got a lot of specialized training when I was in college. So I’ve done a lot of things from hand-to-hand combat, knife fighting, sword fighting, all sorts of crazy stuff.”

For freshman Amanda Leavell, being the youngest cast member is something she has grown accustomed to since she started in the acting business at 7 years old.

“There’s a sense of maturity here that is not in children’s shows or other shows with a bigger ensemble,” Leavell said.

Though she’s studying hospitality management, Leavell said she doesn’t feel like she’ll ever stray from her roots as an actress, especially because she’s returned to the theatre in which she did her first play.

“I’m always going to act,” Leavell said. “It’s kind of hard to stay away from it once you’ve started.”

Now that the production is nearing its debut, DCT has recruited volunteer students from local high schools and friends of the community to help apply some finishing touches to the set, cast member Jeannene Abney said.

The actress plays the verbally abusive matriarch of the family that has not been together for years.

“I read one review where it said it was like the Thanksgiving dinner where you bring everyone together and you know how you’re very careful of how you treat each other.” Abney said. “Nothing is sacred here and nobody’s feelings are being spared. It’s like every family’s dysfunction, because everybody has some, multiplied by like, 100.”

Love said the family dysfunction is what will enthrall audiences because it’s so relatable.

“Anybody who comes see this show will find something that they strongly identify with in their own family situation,” Love said. “Disapproving parentage, drugs, thoughts of suicide. I think that’s one of the reasons why it has gained so much attention.”

In fact, Osage has gained so much attention that a film adaptation is in production and is set to be released January 2014.

The film is lined up with a series of well-known actors and actresses from Meryl Streep to Julia Roberts.

The largest factor betweenthe two is the location of the action,  cast member Johnna Moneatra said.

“The difference between stage and film is that in film you have to move location,” Moneatra said. “They get a lake and we don’t, only because we have nowhere to put it.”

Instead of moving locations, the cast will be working around a three-level home onstage.

In order to capture the setting, they plan to discuss major events that may have happened in a different location, in order for the audience to follow along with the story and paint a picture.

Biology sophomore Kimberly Carbajal said she is looking forward to the play, since she is new in town.

“I think it would be interesting to see because it would give students a feel for how their theatre program is,” Carbajal said. “Plus, dark comedies are fun!”

While many renditions of the play have been done, the DCT is looking forward to the audience’s reactions.

“The thing that I love about this show, seeing it and being in it, is that there’re so many secrets that are revealed throughout the action of the show and the audience never knows what’s coming next,” Abney said. “It is harsh and it is in your face.”

The three-act production will be showing from Sept. 20 to 29. Times and ticket information can accessed at

August: Osage County opens this Friday at the Denton Community Theatre. The set alone is worth the price of admission and a Pulitzer Prize winning script. -Photo courtesy of Denton Community Theatre Facebook page.

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