Tracy Letts has been an ensemble member since 2002 and performed at Steppenwolf in Who's Afraid of Virgina Woolf? (Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play), Betrayal, The Pillowman, Last of the Boys, The Pain and the Itch, The Dresser, Homebody/Kabul, The Dazzle, Glengarry Glen Ross (also in Dublin and Toronto), Three Days of Rain, Road to Nirvana, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and the Steppenwolf for Young Adults production of The Glass Menagerie (1988). He was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County which premiered at Steppenwolf in 2007, played on Broadway and London’s National Theatre. Other writing credits include Man from Nebraska, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2003 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been produced in Chicago, London and New York; and Bug, which has played in New York, Chicago and London.
Watch & Listen
Q & A With Tracy Letts
Are you a different actor from your fellow actors because you're also a playwright?
Oh, God, I hope I'm able to put all that aside, because it's really not useful. The last thing you need when you're playing a part is having the writer part of your brain, or the director part of your brain [guiding you]--it's not helpful. I'm hopeful that I can take things that I learn as an actor and then apply them to my craft as a playwright. But I'm certainly not up there consciously making decisions based on things I know or gleaned as a playwright. One thing I knew about acting even before I ever wrote a play is that language has primacy in the theater.
Credits & Awards
Guinevere; Chicago Cab; U.S. Marshals; Straight Talk; Paramedics.
Red Orchid Theatre: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
Famous Door: Conquest of the South Pole
Next Lab: Bouncers
Alliance Stage of the Woodruff Arts Center (Atlanta): Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Man From Nebraska; Bug; Killer Joe; August: Osage County; Superior Donuts.
Prison Break; The District (CBS); Profiler (NBC); The Drew Carey Show (ABC); Seinfeld (NBC); Home Improvement (ABC).
The 2005 21st Century Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation.
The 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for August: Osage County.
The 2008 Tony Award for Best Play for August: Osage County.