If dysfunction is the engine driving the most memorable theatrical families, then the Weston clan in “August: Osage County” are a fleet of Grand Prix champions. When their besotted pater familias punches his own ticket, he leaves behind a crew of misfits and harridans whose cruelties and inadequacies fuel a darkly comic rollercoaster of a gathering.
Joe Jefferson Players (11 S. Carlen St.) debut this Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning work in Mobile starting Jan. 12, when they roll out the blue carpet at 5:30 p.m. Opening night guests can enjoy champagne and hors d’oeuvres as the Underhill Family Orchestra plays a half-hour set prior to curtain.
The play runs through Jan. 28.
Friday and Saturday curtain is at 7:30 p.m. Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m.
Southern filmmakers sought
Submissions are being accepted for the 2018-19 Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. South Arts, in conjunction with more than 20 screening partner venues in nine states, will select at least 18 films and filmmakers to embark on paid tours of the region conducting screenings, meeting audiences and leading local conversations through educational, social and press engagements.
Accepted filmmakers will tour with their film through one of three “circuits” comprising six screening partner venues. Each will tour over the course of two weeks in either fall 2018 or spring 2019. Additionally, the selected filmmakers will receive an honorarium per screening, a per diem and paid travel costs.
The Southern Circuit is the South’s only tour of filmmakers. It will screen feature-length animation, documentary, experimental and narrative films completed after Jan. 1, 2016. A full list of guidelines and the application are available by visiting www.southarts.org.
The tour is operated by South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, nine state arts agencies and various individuals, corporations and foundations.
Operatic encounters abound
Mobile Opera is in the midst of its “Seven Days of Opera,” providing several opportunities for locals to become reacquainted with a classic art form.
On Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m., at Serda Brewing (600 Government St.), Patrick Jacobs, Ph.D., will discuss balancing his role as a voice teacher and head of the opera program at the University of Mobile with his professional singing opportunities around the nation.
On Jan. 12 at 6:30 p.m., an aerial silk artist will accompany live operatic performance at the Larkins Music Center (257 Dauphin St.).
“Seven Days of Opera” culminates Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. with the annual Madame Rose Palmai-Tenser Scholarship Competition at Larkins Music Center. Emerging stars from around the Southeast will compete for cash scholarships and prestige.
For more information, visit mobileopera.org.