Today, we are reminded of these universal truths: "Life is very long" (T.S. Eliot). "Family holds us up….Family knocks us down." And Meryl Streep is poised for a 2013 Oscar.
The trailer for “August: Osage County,” based on Tracy Letts’ 2008
The film, directed by John Wells, centers on a dysfunctional Oklahoma family whose drug-addicted matriarch, Streep, is dying of mouth cancer. The 2-1/2-minute trailer is shot through with the kind of "Streepian" moments – lines delivered with precision and laden with subtext – that have brought the actress 17 Oscar nominations and three Oscar wins so far.
The film, distributed by the
Letts’ play premiered at Chicago’s
When "August: Osage County" played at the Ahamson Theater in 2009, Times theater critic Charles McNulty wrote: "The play's pedigree could be expanded in ways both high and low, but 'August' brews its own distinctive mix of tragicomic gravitas and florid pop."
Letts was born and raised in Oklahoma. He spent more than a decade at Chicago's Steppenwolf and was also a founding member of Bang Bang Spontaneous Theatre.
As an actor, Letts was most recently nominated for a best actor