Steppenwolf's August: Osage County is a grand, gripping new play which tells the story of the Westons, a large extended clan that comes together at their rural Oklahoma homestead when the alcoholic patriarch dissappears. Forced to confront unspoken truths and astonishing secrets, the family must also contend with matriarch Violet (played by Academy Award-winner Estelle Parsons), a pill-popping, deeply unsettled woman at the center of this storm. August: Osage County is a rare theatrical event - a large-scale work filled with unforgettable characters, a powerful tale told with unflinching honesty. Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for BEST PLAY, August: Osage County is written by Tracy Letts and directed by Anna D. Shapiro. The New York Times cheers, "August: Osage County is flat-out, without qualification, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years," and Time Magazine name August: Osage County the "#1 show of the year!"