“August: Osage County” casting partly announced

Everyone wants to know who’s going to be cast in Actor’s Playhouse production of August: Osage County, set for March 9 to April 10 in Coral Gables.

Here’s the partial casting so far for the Pulitzer-winning play that runs three acts and three hours with 13 roles depicting one of the most dysfunctional extended families written for the stage in the past few decades.

Although most of the cast lined up so far is local, the plum role of the pill-popping toxic matriarch Violet will be played by Annette Miller, who played the title role three years ago in Martha Mitchell Calling. Miller has played Broadway, off-Broadway, won acclaim in Golda’s Balcony in Boston and spent ten seasons with Massachusetts’ Shakespeare & Company.

Other roles are entrusted to familiar names: Barbara Bradshaw as Violet’s sister, Mattie Fae, who belittles her son and husband; Laura Turnbull as Barbara, the oldest daughter trying to keep the family from falling apart; Amy McKenna as Karen, the youngest daughter, and Kathryn Lee Johnston as Ivy, the middle daughter.

Also, the company’s staging of the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, slated ‘for Jan. 19 to Feb. 13, will star Gary Marachek, currently portraying Fagin in Oliver; Brian Golub; Stacy Schwartz back from Washington D.C; Gwen Hollander, and Julie Kleiner.

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