Family drama hits new heights with August: Osage County and already predicted for big awards this season.
Playwright Tracy Letts won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for penning this piece along with a Tony Award and Drama Desk Award. After it premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in 2007 then hit Broadway at the Imperial Theater for two years. The story didn’t end there with a UK debut in London and a US national tour.
Letts then wrote the screenplay for the big screen version starring such heavy hitters as Meryl Streep and Julia Robberts. The story centers around a three story home outside of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Violet Weston, played by Streep, deals with mouth cancer, a husband that committing suicide, and the family arriving to help out. The family consists of Roberts as Violet’s daughter Barbara, Ewan McGregor plays her husband Bill, and Abigail Breslin is her daughter Jean. Julianne Nicholson and Juliette Lewis play Violet’s other daughters with Margo Martindale as Violet’s sister, Mattie Fae married to Chris Cooper’s Charlie Aiken.
Juliette Lewis was nominated for an Oscar in Cape Fear and has continued in the biz with unforgettable roles like What’s Eating Gilbert Grape and Natural Born Killers.
Margot Martindale can currently be seen on CBS with The Millers, created the role of Truvy in Steel Magnolias and was in movies such as Dead Man Walking, Million Dollar Baby, and Beautiful Creatures.
Julianne Nicholson currently is in production of The Road Road for the Sundance Channel along with reprising her part on Boardwalk Empire.
Letts, Lewis, Nicholson and Martindale all arrived in Chicago for an appearance at Steppenwolf’s Women in the Arts annual luncheon and Nunn on the Run spoke with them afterwards.
Jerry Nunn: How was the Steppenwolf’s luncheon?
Tracy Letts: It was great.
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