August: Osage County is a black comedy set in an unusually hot August in a rural Oklahoma. Beverly Weston, an alcoholic and once-noted poet, hires a young woman as a live-in cook and caregiver for his strong-willed and contentious wife Violet, who is suffering from oral cancer and addiction to narcotics. Shortly after this, he disappears from the house, and Violet calls her sister and daughters for support.
It was the recipient of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago on June 28, 2007, and closed on August 26, 2007. It had its Broadway debut at the Imperial Theater on December 4, 2007, and the production transferred to the Music Box Theatre on April 29, 2008. The Broadway show closed on June 28, 2009, after 648 performances and 18 previews.