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August: Osage County

August: Osage County

By Tracy Letts
Imprint: Theatre Communications Group
Paperback : 9781559364669, 152 pages, November 2013
Paperback : 9781559363303, 152 pages, February 2008


  • Winner, Pulitzer Prize for Drama 2008
  • Winner, Tony Award for Best New Play 2008


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' 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

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

- Time

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

- TimeOut New York

"I don’t care if August: Osage County is three-and-a-half hours long. I wanted more.”

- Howard Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer