August: Osage County [NOOK Book]

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Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“A tremendous achievement in American playwriting: a tragicomic populist portrait of a tough land and a tougher people.”—Time Out 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

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Overview

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

“A tremendous achievement in American playwriting: a tragicomic populist portrait of a tough land and a tougher people.”—Time Out 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

One of the most bracing and critically acclaimed plays in recent Broadway 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. After its sold-out Chicago premiere, the play has electrified audiences in New York since its opening in November 2007.

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.

Winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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Editorial Reviews

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“This fusion of epic tragedy and black comedy is a bold step for Letts, whose earthy, distinctly contemporary wit flows throughout. His account of a family whose secrets and lies come spilling forth under duress ranks with the best American drama of the past decade.” –Elysa Gardner, USA Today

“In Tracy Letts’s ferociously entertaining play, the American dysfunctional family drama comes roaring into the twenty-first century with eyes blazing, nostrils flaring and fangs bared, laced with corrosive humor so darkly delicious and ghastly that you’re squirming in your seat even as you’re doubled over laughing. A massive meditation on the cruel realities that often belie standard expectations of conjugal and family accord—not to mention on the decline of American integrity itself.” –David Rooney, Variety

August will cement Letts’s place in theatrical history. He has written a Great American Play. How many of those will we get the chance to discover in our lifetime?” –Melissa Rose Bernardo, Entertainment Weekly

“Packed with unforgettable characters and dozens of quotable lines, August: Osage County is a tensely satisfying comedy, interspersed with remarkable evocations on the cruelties and (occasional) kindnesses of family life. It is as harrowing a new work as Broadway has offered in years and the funniest in even longer.” –Eric Gorde, New York Sun

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559366090
  • Publisher: Theatre Communications Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 45,598
  • File size: 425 KB

Meet the Author

Tracy Letts is the author of Killer Joe, Bug and Man From Nebraska, which was a finalist for the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where "August: Osage County" premiered.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    It is a play....

    I did not review before ordering. Did not realize it was a play. A waste of money for me. Very disapointed.

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 12, 2010

    Best play since Death of a Salesman

    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.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Disappointed!!!

    I was expecting to read a book, not a play.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A Theatrical Triumph

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    The Blackest of All Black Comedies

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

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    Great play

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2014

    Ilo

    Olooopooiiiiioooooooooioooooooooooiiiilo,koooooooookooo,oooiio

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2014

    Yuck

    Did not know this was in playwright format so read the first 5 pages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Know is a play

    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

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

    Great Play

    Loved seeing it, loved reading it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    Gale to Astrid

    "Thats what she said!" XD

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Astrid

    Hate Gale from my guts, love Guthix fom mai soul. XD

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Anonmyous

    I like both!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Wasp

    What do you mean by 'like'? I consider Guthix more of a friend than Gale.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Sammie

    No one cuz i idk gale well and guthix is dead to meh now *leaves forever*

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Anonymous

    Guthix :P

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Anonymoys

    Guthix ¿ 1000000000

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Unknown

    Both /)^_^(\

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Very well written play.

    Taking playwriting class

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

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