By Tracy Letts
Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
“A great success in American playwriting: a tragicomic populist portrait of a tricky land and a more durable people.”—Time Out New York
“Tracy Letts’ August: Osage County is what O’Neill will be writing in 2007. Letts has recaptured the the Aristocracy of yankee drama’s mid-century heyday whereas nonetheless growing whatever totally original.”—New York magazine
One of the main bracing and severely acclaimed performs in contemporary Broadway heritage, August: Osage County is a portrait of the dysfunctional American relatives at its finest—and absolute worst. whilst the patriarch of the Weston extended family disappears one sizzling summer time evening, the relatives reunites on the Oklahoma dwelling house, the place long-held secrets and techniques are unflinchingly and uproariously printed. The three-act, three-and-a-half-hour big of a play combines epic tragedy with black comedy, dramatizing 3 generations of unfulfilled desires and leaving now not one among its 13 characters unscathed. After its sold-out Chicago most suitable, the play has electrified audiences in ny when you consider that its beginning in November 2007.
Tracy Letts is the writer of Killer Joe, Bug, and Man from Nebraska, which used to be a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His performs were played in the course of the state and across the world. A performer in addition to a playwright, Letts is a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre corporation, the place August: Osage County premiered.
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The festival or series format extends the temporary public the audience constitutes across a longer period of time, a condition that facilitates 26 � Utopia in Performance utopian performatives. Although I saw most of the productions I discuss in this book on a single night, with a usually anonymous audience, some of my examples derive from these extended periods of communal spectating, which created more opportunities for critical and affective discourse around performances that a familiar group of people shared.