The next production at Contra Costa Civic Theatre is a multi-award-winning dark comedy that looks at a family at its most vulnerable.

"August: Osage County" earned a Pulitzer Prize for drama and five Tony Awards (including Best Play) for Tracy Letts' semi-autobiographical look at a family coming to grips with the disappearance of their patriarch.

"When his adult daughters and their families converge on the old homestead to handle their grief and their responsibility to their drug-addicted mother, the situation is ripe for dredging up sibling rivalries, old love affairs, and assumptions about inheritance, with hilarious and heartbreaking results," is the summary from CCCT.

The community theater company's staging, under the guidance of Artistic Director Marilyn Langbehn, opens April 11 and runs through May 4 at the theater, 951 Pomona Ave.

"Family love is unlike any other," Langbehn said. "My dad was a funeral director when I was growing up, and I remember him telling me that families in mourning can't help but reveal their true selves," as in who they were growing up.

Making up the cast are Richard Friedlander, Ann Kendrick, Shannon Warrick, Kelly Rinehart, Caroline Schneider, Jennie Brick, Max Minton, Tim Holt Jones, Theresa Westphall, Justin DuPuis, Mark Meixell, Alyssa Kim and Mike Reynolds.

Thanks to the portrayal by Letts, the audience members will realize that "these characters are very much like members of their own families," Langbehn said.


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Keep in mind that the play is recommended for mature audiences because of adult language and situations.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays.

Reserve tickets at www.ccct.org or call 510-524-9012.

UPcoming concert: If you haven't been to a show in the Point Richmond Acoustic series, you're missing out on some great acts at one of the best music venues in the East Bay.

The series is held at historic First Methodist Church of Point Richmond, 201 Martina Ave., an intimate 100-year-old space with wonderful acoustics.

The next concert features singer/songwriter Craig Carothers at 8 p.m. April 11. Opening is Americana duo Maria Quiles and Rory Cloud of San Francisco.

Tickets at the door are $18 general, $15 for seniors and students.

Details: www.pointacoustic.org.

AC coming to EC: AC Transit is bringing its board meeting to El Cerrito at 5 p.m. April 9 in the council chambers at City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave., "affording bus riders and the general public in the northern cities of the service area a more convenient opportunity to attend and participate."

The tentative agenda includes regional planning for the next generation of the Clipper fare-payment system; assessment of route performance by service category; procurement for small transit vehicles; solar power installations at district facilities and planning for fare changes effective July 1.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: More donated fruit trees are coming to the heart of Richmond through the work of nonprofit group Self-Sustaining Communities and Burchell Nursery.

Trees, seed packets and vegetable starts (donated by Annie's Annuals) intended to allow residents to establish their own source of fresh health food will be distributed on the Richmond Greenway at Harbour Way between Chanslor and Ohio streets on April 5 from 10 a.m. until they are gone. Tom Burchell, whose nursery is donating the trees, will attend to offer tree planting and care advice.

  • The Berkeley-East Bay Gray Panthers are holding a party and fundraiser at 2:30 p.m. April 6 at 2133 University Ave. in Berkeley that will feature a screening of the film "Cradle Will Rock," starring Bill Murray and Susan Sarandon.

    There will also be music, refreshments and a silent auction for sliding scale admission of $5-10.

    Details: 510-598-9696 or www.berkeleygraypanthers.mysite.com.

  • Quilts depicting scenes from the home front era of World War II go on display starting this weekend at the Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Ave.

    The World War II Home Front Quilt Challenge Exhibit opens with a reception with the artists and their quilts from 2 to 4 p.m. April 5.

    The exhibit continues through June 6. Details: 510-235-7387.

  • The RaveUps, a tribute band that plays favorites from 1960s bands such as The Yardbirds, Cream and the Animals, will perform from 8:30 to 10 p.m. April 5 at the Kensington Circus Pub, 389 Colusa Ave.

  • "Spaces," an exhibit of photography by Robert Spertus, opens with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. April 6 at the Albany Community Center, 1247 Marin Ave.

  • The next classic film at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito, is the 1977 blockbuster "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," showing at 7 p.m. April 10.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway. Stay up-to-date on West Contra Costa news at IBABuzz.com/westcounty.