2017 Viola Award Nominee for Excellence in the Performing Arts
Linda Sutera played Violet Weston in Theatrikos Theatre Company’s production of August: Osage County from July 29 through August 14, 2016, at the Doris Harper White Playhouse in Flagstaff. The cast featured thirteen local actors directed by Nancy Wonders.
The script chronicles the saga of the Westons, a dysfunctional family living in Oklahoma, who spend most of the play recovering from and dealing with the suicide of their patriarch, Beverly Weston, and the various levels of fallout incurred and secrets revealed during the course of this “comedic tragedy.” As the matriarch, Violet Weston, Linda Sutera fully inhabited a character, who is, at turns, funny, mean, biting, competitive, wry, and clever. Despite a serious and enervating addiction to prescription drugs, she also repeatedly proves herself the smartest person in the play, consistently one step ahead of her seemingly more alert siblings and children.
“Linda Sutera’s performance as Violet Weston was utterly compelling. Linda ‘left it all out there’ in each of her nine performances. It is hard to imagine that any other actress who has played this role on stage ever came close to Linda’s performance. Linda even surpassed Meryl Streep’s performance as Violet Weston in the movie version. Quickly alternating between funny, crazy, abusive, helpless, nasty, needy, sad, pathetic, addicted, etc., Linda had audiences totally riveted on her through the entire play. No doubt the strong supporting cast assisted Linda in this role, but Linda’s preparation for the role presaged her commitment to the character. She ‘became’ the Violet Weston the playwright intended.”
“As the leading lady in this excellent rendition of an award winning script, Linda demonstrated her mastery of character, technique and work ethic while maintaining her humble relationship with the remainder of the veteran ensemble cast. Linda not only raised her already stellar game to a new height, but radically transformed her physical appearance, developed a distinct “Okie” accent, and took the audience on a more than three hour journey that covered her character’s arc in the play.”
“Having attended Theatrikos for the last 26 years and having seen many fine community performances, none of them can hold a candle to the deep commitment in the three-dimensional creation of ‘Violet.’ Linda inhabits the matriarch of a family, meeting over the death of her husband, in what can only be described as a translucent performance. The levels of character investigated within the script and within Linda as an actor is staggering to fathom. I couldn’t find Linda on stage, it was all Violet. What a testament to submersion.”