TRACY LETTS (Michael) is a celebrated and award winning
American playwright, screenwriter and actor. In 2008, Letts won the Pulitzer
Prize and the Tony Award for his play "August: Osage County," a
multigenerational drama presided over by a domineering matriarch dying of
cancer. In 2013, he made his Broadway debut playing George in Edward Albee's
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" winning the Tony Award for Best Actor. The
power of his performance led producer Alex Gansa to cast him in the award
winning television series "Homeland" where Letts played Senator Andrew Lockhart,
a Dick Cheney-like figure plotting to take over the C.I.A. That year, the show
was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series" at
the 2013 SAG awards.
A prolific writer, Letts adapted the screenplays for three films from his own
plays: Bug and Killer Joe, both directed by William Friedkin, and August: Osage
County, directed by John Wells. Letts' play Man From Nebraska is currently
running on Broadway at the Tony Kiser Theatre through March.
As an actor, Letts will next be seen in two feature films. He stars opposite
Debra Winger in The Lovers, directed by Azazel Jacobs. The movie will be
released by A24 this May. Additionally, Letts recently completed production on
Greta Gerwig's directorial debut Lady Bird. Produced by Scott Rudin, Letts
co-stars opposite Saoirse Ronan and Lucas Hedges in the pic. Concurrently, he
returns for the second season of HBO's Divorce in which he stars alongside Sarah
Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, Molly Shannon and Talia Balsam.
In 2016, Letts co-starred opposite Rebecca Hall in Antonio Campos' critically
acclaimed biographical drama Christine, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance
Film Festival and was later released by The Orchard. He was also seen in a
pivotal role starring opposite Logan Lerman in Indignation, James Schamus'
directorial debut based on the Philip Roth novel of the same name. The movie was
released by Roadside Attractions.
Finally, Letts' new play "The Minutes" will debut on Broadway in early 2018 with
Scott Rudin producing. Anna D. Shapiro, who directed the Pulitzer Prize-winning
"August" on Broadway in the staging that earned that year's Tony Award for best
play (as well as the director award for Shapiro), will direct the show. Prior to
its Broadway run, the play will premiere at Steppenwolf Theater, the Chicago
company where "August" premiered.
Letts currently resides in Chicago and is an active member of the famed
Steppenwolf Theatre Company.
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