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Tracy Letts’ ‘Killer Joe’ Preps to Slay Broadway

Trio reunites after 'Virginia Woolf,' but is 'Killer Joe' a new play or a revival?

Producer Jeffrey Richards will reteam with scribe-actor Tracy Letts and helmer Pam MacKinnon to bring Letts’ 1993 play “Killer Joe” to Broadway for a production aiming to hit the boards sometime in 2014.

The trio behind the project makes the brewing show a potential heavy hitter. All three won Tonys for their most recent collaboration, last season’s revival of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” for which Richards won the play revival trophy, Letts scored the lead actor laurel and MacKinnon took home the directing prize. Richards also produced the Broadway staging of Letts’ “August: Osage County,” which scored five Tonys as well as the Pulitzer and spawned the starry film version that will bow this fall at the Toronto Film Festival.

If “Killer Joe” makes it onto Broadway in time for the 2013-14 Tony season cutoff, it would join a slate in which new play titles have been notably sparse. But although “Killer Joe” will appear on the Rialto for the first time with the upcoming run, the 1993 play appeared Off Broadway in a 1998 stint that lasted almost a year.

It will be up to the Tony Awards Administration Committee to decide whether the show would qualify as a new play, or as a revival because it’s become a part of the larger legit cannon. The 2010 production of Rialto first-timer “Driving Miss Daisy,” for instance, was dubbed a revival due to the title’s high profile from the original Off Broadway run and the Oscar-winning film adaptation.

Killer Joe,” about a Texas family that hires the title character to dispatch the clan’s matriarch in the hopes of cashing in on a rich insurance policy, had its preem in Chicago in 1993. The play went on to be performed around the world and also inspired William Friedkin’s 2011 movie adaptation, for which Letts penned the screenplay.

Details regarding casting, dates, and the full creative and producing team for the Broadway production remain to be set.

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