Catch Up With Tracy Letts Before LINDA VISTA Takes Its Broadway Bow
The play, the latest original work from the decorated playwright, screenwriter, and actor, takes a brutally comedic look at Wheeler, a 50-year-old divorcee in the throes of a mid-life crisis.
Just out of his ex-wife's garage and into a place of his own, Wheeler starts on a path toward self-discovery - navigating blind dates, old friends, and new love. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be.
The new work is Letts' first appearance on Broadway as a playwright in a decade. His last authorial Broadway outing was with the play Superior Donuts, which began it's run exactly ten years ago this month in October 2009.
Since then, Tracy has kept very busy with a full slate of theatre, television, and film projects that have made him one of the most sought after writers and actors of his generation.
Before his latest work hits the boards on Broadway, let's see how this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning artist has been spending his time in the decade since his last work took its final New York bow.
In January 2016, CBS ordered a pilot based on Superior Donuts, which starred Jermaine Fowler and Brian d'Arcy James in the lead roles.
The TV series debuted in February 2017, with Judd Hirsch replacing d'Arcy James in the role of Arthur. Other cast members included Katey Sagal, David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans, and Rell Battle.
Like the play, the series focused on a donut shop owner, Arthur Przybyszewski and Franco, his good-natured, yet troubled young black assistant who aims to update the business with modern music and healthier food options.
On May 12, 2018, Superior Donuts was cancelled after 2 seasons.
In 2012, Letts earned acclaim and the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his Broadway acting debut, starring opposite Amy Morton in the revival of Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? at the Booth Theatre.
From 2013-2014, Letts appeared as as US Senator Andrew Lockhart on Showtime's Emmy Award-winning Homeland in seasons 3 and 4. He was nominated with the rest of the cast for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble.
Througout 2016, Letts starred in several independent films including Todd Solondz's dark comedy Wiener-Dog, Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon, Christine, Imperium, and the film adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, Indignation.
Letts appeared opposite Sarah Jessica Parker, Thomas Haden Church, and Molly Shannon on the HBO series Divorce. In 2018, Letts joined the second season of USA Network's crime series The Sinner opposite Bill Pullman and his wife, Carrie Coon.
Letts has written the screenplays for two feature films based on his plays: Killer Joe, helmed by Acedemy Award-winning director William Friedkin who also directed the 2006 adaptation of his play Bug, and a film adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
In 2017, Letts appeared in the film The Lovers and Steven Spielberg's Oscar-nominated journalism drama,The Post, joining an ensemble that included Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Sarah Paulson, and Bradley Whitford.
In 2017, Letts starred opposite Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf in Greta Gerwig's acclaimed film Lady Bird. Letts played Larry, the empathetic and deeply non-confrontational father of the title character. Along with the rest of the cast, Letts was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Cast in a Motion Picture.
2017 also saw the debut of Letts' latest work to hit the Broadway stage, Linda Vista, which ran at Steppenwolf Theatre in Spring 2017. The play received its Los Angeles premiere at Center Theatre Group in the Mark Taper Forum in February 2019, before announcing a Broadway transfer.
In the years since his last outing as Broadway playwright, Letts' has also penned several other titles including an adaptation of Chekhov's Three Sisters and new works including The Stretch, Mary Page Marlowe, and another Pulitzer Prize-finalist, The Minutes.
In addition to Linda Vista's Broadway run, up next for Tracy is a another Greta Gerwig film, portraying Mr. Dashwood in her adaptation of the classic novel, Little Women, as well as a turn as Henry Ford II in the upcoming film, Ford vs. Ferrari.
Also in the pipeline is Letts' first screenplay not adapted from one of his works, a film titled The Woman in the Window, which is set to hit screens in 2020.