Killer Joe

by  Tracy Letts

Full Length Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 2f

"Set in Dallas, Killer Joerevels 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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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Not Applicable
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Monologues
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Reviews

"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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Artboard 3 Gun Shots
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity
  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A trailer home on the outskirts of Dallas, Texas
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

3m, 2f
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

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Cast Attributes

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

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Authors

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. ...

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Killer Joe premiered at the Next Lab Theater in Chicago in 1993.

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