By John Moore
Acclaimed TV producer John Wells came home to Denver last night to screen his highly anticipated film adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning play “August: Osage County” at the Starz Denver Film Festival.
The play, the most savage American family drama written in the past 50 years, is Tracy Letts’ answer to “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” When the poet patriarch of a rural Oklahoma family disappears, three generations of Westons gather to bicker and attack one another. At the center of this modern Dust Bowl is a poisonous, pill-popping matriarch named Violet. She has cancer of the mouth – medically and metaphorically. It’s one of the most considerable characters ever created for the stage, so naturally the job of playing her on film fell to Meryl Streep.
John Wells, left, is a Cherry Creek High School grad, producer of “The West Wing” and director of the new film, “August Osage County.” He’s with Starz Denver Film Festival executive director Tom Bothelo. Photo by John Moore.
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