We are pleased to announce the publication of Killer Joe by Tracy Letts. Letts, who earned a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award, among other honors, for August: Osage County, launched his playwriting career with this shocking and unforgettable work. Originally staged in 1993 at Next Theatre in Evanston, Illinois, Killer Joe quickly became a must-see and ran for eight months before later runs in Edinburgh, New York and London, including four months on the West End.”
One of the best American plays of the past quarter century.”
―Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal
The Smith family hatches a plan to murder their estranged matriarch for her insurance money. They hire Killer Joe Cooper, a police detective and part-time contract killer, to do the job. Once he enters their trailer, their simple plan spirals out of control. Letts’s first play, “an immensely entertaining pop artifact… written with neon-lit flamboyance” (New York Times), has been performed in fifteen countries in twelve languages and is now slated for Broadway in spring 2015. It was recently released as an acclaimed motion picture directed by William Friedkin and starring Matthew McConaughey.
Tracy Letts is a playwright, actor and ensemble member of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. He is the author of Killer Joe, Bug, Man from Nebraska, August: Osage County, Superior Donuts and a new version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. He is the only person to win both a Tony Award for acting and a Pulitzer Prize.