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By Tracy Letts

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“A great fulfillment in American playwriting: a tragicomic populist portrait of a difficult land and a harder 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 yank drama’s mid-century heyday whereas nonetheless growing anything totally original.”—New York magazine

One of the main bracing and seriously acclaimed performs in contemporary Broadway historical past, August: Osage County is a portrait of the dysfunctional American kin at its finest—and absolute worst. whilst the patriarch of the Weston extended family disappears one sizzling summer season evening, the kin reunites on the Oklahoma dwelling house, the place long-held secrets and techniques are unflinchingly and uproariously published. The three-act, three-and-a-half-hour colossal of a play combines epic tragedy with black comedy, dramatizing 3 generations of unfulfilled goals and leaving now not one in every of its 13 characters unscathed. After its sold-out Chicago best, the play has electrified audiences in ny due to the fact that its establishing 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 through the nation and the world over. 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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