Superior Donuts: Tracy Letts' Critically-Acclaimed New Comedy from Artists Repertory Theatre
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An absurdist tragicomedy originally published in 1960, The Caretaker was Nobel Prize-winning writer Harold Pinter's first major success. Frequently likened to Samuel Beckett's classic Waiting for Godot, The Caretaker revolves around the mentally challenged Aston, the fast-talking tramp he invites to stay with him, and Mick (Aston's younger brother, housemate and caretaker). The Caretaker stands as a prime example of Pinter's masterful ability to mix darkness, humor and humanity. For this Imago Theatre production, Jerry Mouawad directs Allen Nause in the lead role. Learn More
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- "A warm bath of a play that will leave... audiences with satisfied smiles rather than rattled nerves." --<em>The New York Times</em>
By Tracy Letts
Directed By Allen Nause
Featuring: Linda Alper , Pierre Brulatour, Bill Geisslinger, Paul Glazier, Victor Mack, Michael Mendelson, Vana O’Brien, Matthew D. Pavik, Vin Shambry
Sprinkled with chuckles and glazed with connections, Superior Donuts tells the story of how friendship is not confectionary but a human treat that when established, satiates and fills the heart.
In Chicago’s diverse Uptown neighborhood, a downtrodden donut shop owner hires a street-savvy and aspiring young writer with hustle and bright ideas. Chock-full of belly laughs, dynamic interactions and compelling neighborhood characters found in everyday lives, Superior Donuts stirs up the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship.
Artists Rep produced Tracy Letts’ earlier plays Bug and Killer Joe, and the World Premiere of his adaption of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. Letts won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for August: Osage County.
Playwright Tracy Letts:
A member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s ensemble since 2002, Tracy Letts has appeared as an actor in 18 productions there. His work as a playwright includes Nebraska Man, which was a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist; Bug, which was the inaugural production of Artists Rep’s Morrison Stage in 2005 and Killer Joe which was produced by Artists Rep in 2002. In 2008 his play August: Osage County won the Drama Desk Award, the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. In 2009, Artists Rep commissioned him to adapt Three Sisters as part of the theater’s Chekhov Project. Superior Donuts is Letts’ most recent play and opened in Chicago in 2008.
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