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August: Osage County
     

August: Osage County

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by Tracy Letts
 

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ISBN-10: 1559363304

ISBN-13: 9781559363303

Pub. Date: 02/01/2008

Publisher: Theatre Communications Group


Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2008 Tony Award for Best New Play. Now a major motion picture!

"A tremendous achievement in American playwriting: a tragicomic populist portrait of a tough land and a tougher people." —TimeOut New York

"Tracy Letts' August: Osage County is what O'Neill would be writing in

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Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2008 Tony Award for Best New Play. Now a major motion picture!

"A tremendous achievement in American playwriting: a tragicomic populist portrait of a tough land and a tougher people." —TimeOut New York

"Tracy Letts' August: Osage County is what O'Neill would be writing in 2007. Letts has recaptured the nobility of American drama's mid-century heyday while still creating something entirely original." —New York magazine

“I don’t care if August: Osage County is three-and-a-half hours long. I wanted more.” –Howard Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer

"This original and corrosive black comedy deserves a seat at the table with the great American family plays."—Time

One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent history, August: Osage County is a portrait of the dysfunctional American family at its finest—and absolute worst. When the patriarch of the Weston clan disappears one hot summer night, the family reunites at the Oklahoma homestead, where long-held secrets are unflinchingly and uproariously revealed. The three-act, three-and-a-half-hour mammoth of a play combines epic tragedy with black comedy, dramatizing three generations of unfulfilled dreams and leaving not one of its thirteen characters unscathed.
August: Osage County has been produced in more than twenty countries worldwide and is now a major motion picture starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper, Dermot Mulroney, Sam Shepard, Juliette Lewis, and Ewan McGregor.

Tracy Letts is the author of Killer Joe, Bug, and Man from Nebraska, which was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. His plays have been performed throughout the country and internationally. A performer as well as a playwright, Letts is a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where August: Osage County premiered.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559363303
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Pages:
152
Sales rank:
103,548
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

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August: Osage County 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
pbekkerus More than 1 year ago
I saw this play performed in Des Moines, Iowa; I thought it was hilarious. But I also knew there was a deeper layer, too, so I bought this script. This story captures life in modern day rural America. It tackles issues like suicide, drug use, sexual harrassment, divorce and-most importantly-caring for members of "the Greatest Generation." The characters are educated but honest; loveable but flawed; humorous but grave. The distance between the generations are apparent, and handled realistically but also with social comment. If you get a chance to see the play, don't miss it! If you can't see it, read the play slowly, there are multiple layers of beauty woven into this Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The course language and adult themes are not for the feint of heart, and it is not appropriate for children or (IMHO) kids under 14.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not review before ordering. Did not realize it was a play. A waste of money for me. Very disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Tracy Letts' 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a triumph, and one that certainly stands with O'Neill, Williams, and Albee for its relentless and unflinching treatment of family secrets, resentments, & retaliations. The dialogue is brilliant and the biting humor is not to be missed. This is an essential for lovers of theater and literature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was expecting to read a book, not a play.
thedramagirl More than 1 year ago
Tracy Letts weaves a twisted tale, indeed. This black comedy (with a running time of 3 hr. 20 min) is quite possibly the best piece of dramatic literature I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked the content of the movie, however thought the ending was odd and abrupt. Wanted to purchase the book, so glad I read reviews first, and find its not a novel but formatted as a play. Will not purchase for this reason.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't know it was written in play form. The characters were a bunch of oddballs but that's what most families are made up of!
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This is a recent play with very interesting characters to play with for Michael Chekhov work. There are many great monologues in it as well. It is indeed a dramatic play with comedic elements. It can be scary admitting you know people like the characters in this play.
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Did not know this was in playwright format so read the first 5 pages.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i read it as i think of a book but the play turn into the movie as i ead the play ad i read like a movie and get a picture in yor mind