Osage County

Book - 2008
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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.
Publisher: New York : Theatre Communication Group, 2008.
ISBN: 9781559363303
Branch Call Number: 812.6 L651
Characteristics: 138 p.


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Kristen MERKE
Oct 07, 2019

This is a really great play about family relations, showing the true imperfections we try and hide from one another. There are some powerful scenes, and this play attempts to tackle the big issues. While it doesn't always hit the mark it is overall successful.

Jun 26, 2014

I have absolutely zero free time and energy to spend reading about horrible people doing horrible things because of horrible ideas and their horrible perceptions of themselves and the world around them. I gather enough of that from the world just passing a TV during the 6:00 PM news or with a glance of a newspaper headline at the bus stop. I’m tapped out, people. I barely made it half way through this play when I realized it would be a pointless avalanche of worst ideas ever. No thank you. Moving on.

Jun 11, 2014

Yes. Well .What a miserable film. A brilliant cast who gave excellent performances and excellent photography, not to mention the scenery. But....this was a relentlessly depressing film about a thoroughly dysfunctional family. 'Happy Families' they couldn't play, not even for one day. Oh those skeletons that inevitably got out of the closet . It was black but not to the point I got any humour. Most unenjoyable.

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