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The Barn Players debut ‘August: Osage County’ to K.C. community theater

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Get ready for a really, really, really dark comedy when The Barn Players open their next production, “August: Osage County,” the critically acclaimed Broadway play by Tracy Letts and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, at 7:30 p.m. May 30 at The Barn Players Playhouse in Mission, Kan.

The show, so dark it’s sometimes seen as a drama reveals a lot of family secrets and skeletons buried in the closet until a family tragedy forces them to come home. The show at The Barn Players Playhouse is a first for community theater and has previously only been performed by professional, equty venues in the Kansas City Metro area, a spokesman for The Barn said.

“You’ll meet the Weston family - a vanished father, the pill-popping mother and three sisters all harboring secrets,” The Barn said in a press release. “When the family reunites in their Oklahoma home they confront a number of problems including repressed truths and secrets. Funny and sad, it’s a show that exposes the dark side of the American family, all while they investigate the disappearance of the family patriarch.”

The production at The Barn Players is directed by Darren Sextro and features John Rensenhouse, Jennifer Coville, Anita Meehan, Pam Haskin, Elizabeth Hillman, Greg Butell, Barb Nichols, Eric Magnus, Courtney Desko, Trevor French, Stasha Case, Tim Aklenius and Michael Bunn.

Due to adult content and language, the show, is rated “R.” The Show opens Friday May 30 and continues weekends through Sunday, June 15. Evening performances are at 7:30 with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $18, with discounts for groups, senior and students. For tickets, visit www.thebarnplayers.org; or call 800-838-3006, or purchase at the theatre the date of the performance attend. The Barn Players Playhouse is located at 6219 Martway, Mission, KS.

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