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Killer Joe - Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

Killer Joe

Tracy Letts

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Full Length Play, Dark Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573701054

"Set in Dallas, Killer Joe revels in its white trash stereotypes, and gives you permission to do the same; it's pulp fiction which has it both ways, deriving humor from dirty realism. It's slick, it's well constructed, it knows exactly where it's going." - New York Daily News

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Description

Full Length Play

Dark Comedy

Time Period - Contemporary, Present Day

Settings Of Play - A trailer home on the outskirts of Dallas, Texas

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Monologues

Interior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

Alcohol, Gun Shots, Intense Adult Themes, Strong Language, Nudity/Partial Nudity, Smoking

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

College Theatre / Student, Professional Theatre

This exciting first play by the author of August: Osage County premiered at Chicago's Steppenwolf before going on to acclaimed productions in London and New York. Hired by the dissolute Smith family to murder the matriarch for insurance money, Killer Joe takes the daughter to bed as a retainer against his final payoff which sets in motion a bloody aftermath as the "hit man" meets his match.
"Set in Dallas, Killer Joe revels in its white trash stereotypes, and gives you permission to do the same; it's pulp fiction which has it both ways, deriving humor from dirty realism. It's slick, it's well constructed, it knows exactly where it's going." - New York Daily News
Killer Joe premiered at the Next Lab Theater in Chicago in 1993.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Ensemble cast, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)

CHRIS SMITH – 22 years old
SHARLA SMITH – Chris’s stepmother, early thirties
ANSEL SMITH – Chris’s father, 38 years old
DOTTIE SMITH – Chris’s sister, 20 years old
KILLER JOE COOPER – Mid thirties

Author
Tracy Letts

Tracy Letts

Tracy Letts has been a Steppenwolf ensemble member since 2002. He was awarded the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play August: Osage County, which played on Broadway for over a year, following a sold-out run at Steppenwolf in 2007. August also enjoyed a sold-out engagement at London's National Theatre and a U.S. National Tour in summer 2009. Other accolades include five Tony Awards ... view full profile

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Reviews
Brian Fields 7/24/2015 7:10 PM
The dialogue is repetitive and the infamous 'drumstick' scene is overrated.  Yes, it plays as sexual  but at the end of the day it's not and it needs to stop being treated as such.  If you want to do a Tracy Letts play, check out Superior Donuts.
Jorge Sanchez 2/25/2014 11:03 AM
This is one of those plays that you find too dark and too depraved to actually enjoy; much less consider staging.

But once you mull it over you realize it plays around the thin line between genius and craziness. And that is why you fall in love with it.
Robert Perry 11/28/2013 12:16 PM
The last scene is fun to choreograph for class.  It incorporates a lot of the techniques we learned in our stage combat class.

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