OKLAHOMAN OF THE YEAR: TRACY LETTS
OKLAHOMA CITY — — Tulsa-born Tracy Letts, author of the acclaimed play “August: Osage County” has been named Oklahoman of the Year by Oklahoma Today magazine.
Letts also penned the screenplay for the Academy Award nominated film, shot on location in and around Bartlesville and Pawhuska.
Raised in Durant, Letts is the winner of a Tony Award for “best actor in a play” for his role in Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
Letts is profiled in the January/February 2014 issue of Oklahoma Today in an article written by his mother, New York Times and Oprah’s Book Club bestselling author Billie Letts.
“I wrote about times when my family was whole — my sons young, my husband still with us,” said Billie Letts of the piece. “They were some of the happiest years of my life.”
Tracy Letts, who lives in Chicago, is the author of five original plays. “August: Osage County” premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre in 2007 and ran for more than 600 performances on Broadway, where it earned the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, the Tony Award for Best Play, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2008. Letts also wrote the adapted screenplay for the film version of “August: Osage County,” which stars Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Ewan McGregor.
Filmed in fall 2012 in Pawhuska and Bartlesville, the movie releases nationwide Dec. 25.
“Oklahomans should be very proud of this literary and thespian native son,” said Oklahoma Today Editor Steffie Corcoran. “Tracy Letts joins a lofty group of Oklahomans — Woody Guthrie, Will Rogers, Ralph Ellison, his mother, Billie, and many more — who have left their mark on the world of letters. ‘August: Osage County’ has won several major theatrical awards and places Tracy among the greatest playwrights of his generation. Best of all, the play, the movie, and the man himself are quintessentially Oklahoman.”
The January/February 2014 issue of Oklahoma Today will reach subscribers beginning Dec. 20 and will appear on newsstands Jan. 1, 2014.
The Oklahoman of the Year article can be found at http://oklahomatoday.com/oklahomatoday/documents/JF14_OOTY.pdf.