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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.


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

- Time

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

- Howard Shapiro, Philadelphia Inquirer

"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