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Familiar Family Drama at the Heart of ‘August: Osage County’

Well, we made it through the holidays. And for some Houstonians, that’s no small feat. If you’re lucky, you had a great time with family and friends. If you’re not so lucky, well, maybe there was an awkward conversation with the fam over dinner, an argument, a crisis, a showdown, someone had too much to […]

Well, we made it through the holidays. And for some Houstonians, that’s no small feat. If you’re lucky, you had a great time with family and friends. If you’re not so lucky, well, maybe there was an awkward conversation with the fam over dinner, an argument, a crisis, a showdown, someone had too much to drink, someone said something they shouldn’t have.

Any raw nerves left exposed tend to ease over time…just in time, in fact, to watch another family have at it in the big screen adaptation of August: Osage County. The film opened in New York and LA last week, but comes here to Houston next Friday. It’s the story of a dysfunctional family brought together at the matriarch’s Oklahoma home amid tragedy. Writer and actor Tracy Letts adapted the screenplay from his own Pulitzer Prize winning play.

Letts grew up in Oklahoma – and spent time in Texas – with parents who were both English teachers, his mother a novelist. Letts tells Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse his family did, in part, inspire some of the Weston family from the play and film. But Letts also credits his parents for instilling in him an appreciation for good art.

The big screen adaptation of August: Osage County comes to Houston movie theaters Friday, Jan. 10. You can see Ernie Manouse’s full interview with Letts on Arts InSight, this Sunday at 1 p.m. on Houston PBS.

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