Tracy Letts

Tracy Letts. Photo: © Steppenwolf Theatre Co.

TRACY LETTS (born 1965) is the author of the plays THE MINUTES, LINDA VISTA, MARY PAGE MARLOWE, SUPERIOR DONUTS, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award, 2008), MAN FROM NEBRASKA (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Time Magazine’s Top Ten Plays of 2003), BUG, and KILLER JOE.  As an actor, he has appeared on Broadway in Will Eno’s THE REALISTIC JONESES and EDWARD ALBEE’S WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF (2013 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role).  Film appearances include THE LOVERS, CHRISTINE, IMPERIUM, INDIGNATION, WIENER-DOG, ELVIS AND NIXON, THE BIG SHORT.  TV: DIVORCE (HBO), two seasons as CIA-director Andrew Lockhart on HOMELAND (Showtime), Seinfeld.  He is an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and his appearances there include:  WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, AMERICAN BUFFALO, BETRAYAL, HOMEBODY/KABUL, THE DRESSER, THE DAZZLE, GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS, THREE DAYS OF RAIN, many others.

The plays by Tracy Letts focus on people struggling with morals and spirituality. He has said himself that he is inspired by the plays by Tennessee Williams – and the novels by William Faulkner and Jim Thompson.

The Minutes

© Steppenwolf Theatre’s production of The Minutes by ensemble member Tracy Letts. Photography by Michael Brosilow

Letts’ newest work
3 F / 8 M
Black comedy
English original text

A satire of a small-town city council meeting that evolves — or devolves — into something of a horror tale. Letts has written a work that not only represents, but that will also survive, the Trump era. A subtle comedy with believable characters, who begin arguing about a parking spot, a fountain and some lost bicycles, but ultimately reveal one truth after another, the biggest being that politics has become a raw, ugly battle over our deepest underlying narratives.