Oklahoma native playwright celebrates Pulitzer

By: KXII Staff & Wire Reports Email
By: KXII Staff & Wire Reports Email

NEW YORK (AP) - An Oklahoma native with ties to Durant is celebrating a Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Playwright Tracy Letts from Tulsa learned today he won the honor for his play, "August: Osage County." The play was born out of a unique collaboration between Letts and the place he calls his artistic home, Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company.

The result was a critically acclaimed play that premiered to glowing reviews last summer in Chicago.

"August: Osage County" is a brutal yet darkly comic play of bruising family battles spanning several generations of unhappiness and unfulfilled dreams.

Letts was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004 for his play "Man From Nebraska."

Letts grew up in Durant, Oklahoma. His father, Dennis, was a longtime professor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant before he acted in some of his son’s productions, including August.

Dennis Letts died in February at the age of 73.


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