A town's proud history, the legend of a local hero, the coveted privilege of reserved parking: nothing is sacred during the town council meeting at the heart of Tracy Letts' new play. This razor-sharp comedy turns from hilarious to chilling as petty policy matters give way to the truth boiling just beneath the surface of the town's historical mythology.
Tracy Letts On Stage - Theater Credits, Bio and Tickets
Tracy S. Letts was born on July 4, 1965 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is a Tony Award-winning actor and Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning writer, best known for his celebrated play (and screenplay) August: Osage County, as well as his recurring TV roles as Andrew Lockhart on “Homeland” and Nick on “Divorce.” He has also featured in such acclaimed films as “The Big Short,” “The Lovers,” “Lady Bird,” and “The Post.”
Letts spent his early years in Durant, Oklahoma, graduating from Durant High School in the early 1980s, before moving to Dallas, Texas, and then to Chicago, Illinois, in 1985. There he joined the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company and worked as a stage actor for the next 11 years. He also worked for Famous Door and was a founding member of Bang Band Spontaneous Theatre.
As a playwright, his most notable early works include his 1991 play Killer Joe, which has been produced off-Broadway, the 1996 play Bug, which was presented at Barrow Street Theatre in 2004, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for “Outstanding Play,” and 2003’s Man from Nebraska (a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2004), which finally celebrated its off-Broadway premiere thanks to Second Stage Theater in 2017. His big break as a playwright came in 2007 with the Broadway premiere of August: Osage County – his Broadway debut as a writer – that went on to win the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for “Best Play,” as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in 2008. His next play, Superior Donuts, was staged on Broadway from September 2009 to January 2010, and his 2016 play Mary Page Marlowe was mounted off-Broadway, once again thanks to Second Stage Theater, from June to August 2018. He also wrote the screenplays for “August: Osage County,” along with “Bug” and “Killer Joe.”
As an actor, Letts appeared as Ken in Orson’s Shadows at the Barrow Street Theatre in 2005 and would finally make his Broadway acting debut as George in the 2012 revival of Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, going on to win a Tony Award (and Drama Desk Award) for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play” in 2013. He returned to the Great White Way to star as Bob Jones in The Realistic Joneses from March to July 2014. He also starred as Joe Keller in Roundabout Theatre Company’s revival of Arthur Miller’s All My Sons at the American Airlines Theatre from April 4 through June 30, 2019.
On screen, Letts won guest roles in various shows, including “Home Improvement,” “Seinfeld,” and “Prison Break,” until he landed his breakthrough role as Andrew Lockhart in Showtime’s hit series “Homeland,” appearing in 24 episodes from 2013 to 2014. He was then cast in a string of film roles that include the role of Lawrence Fields in “The Big Short” in 2015, and Michael in “The Lovers,” Larry McPherson in “Lady Bird,” and Fritz Beebe in “The Post” in 2017. Since 2016 he has also portrayed the character Nick in HBO’s hit series “Divorce,” opposite Sarah Jessica Parker, played the role of Jack Novack in the USA Network series “The Sinner,” and appeared in the 2019 films "Le Mans '66" and "Little Women".