Writing Out Loud, 2008

"Fiercely funny and bitingly sad."—Christopher Isherwood, New York Times

Tracy Letts

(1965– )

Ironically, when Tracy Letts wrote his Pulitzer-winning drama, August: Osage County (2008), he had never been to Pawhuska, where the play is set. The title had come from a poem written by a family friend, Howard Starks. In fact, audiences see only the interior the Weston home, where window shades, sealed with duct tape, block out any lofty visions. As Barbara Weston tells us, “The plains are a state of mind.”

Tracy, considered one of the country’s preeminent playwrights, is a member of the legendary Steppenwolf acting ensemble and in October 2012, opened on Broadway in Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. Tracy’s father, Dennis, was also an actor and starred in the original production of August: Osage County.

Related links: Billie Letts and Tim Blake Nelson

Did You Know...

Tracy Letts once played author Mitch Albom in the play version of Tuesdays with Morrie.

Getting Started with Tracy Letts

Selected Works

Bug, 2005
Man from Nebraska, 2005
August: Osage County, 2008

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