Cap T: Thirteen Years in Austin
Home » Killer Joe, Past Production

Killer Joe by Tracy Letts

13 July 2009

Winner – Best Comedy – Austin Critics Table Awards 2010
Winner – Best Direction – Austin Critics Table Award 2010
Winner – Outstanding Director of a Comedy – B Iden Payne Award 2009
Winner – Outstanding Fight Choreographer – B Iden Payne Award 2009
Outstanding Production of a Comedy – B Iden Payne Nomination
Outstanding Cast Performance – B Iden Payne Nomination
Outstanding Set Design – B Iden Payne Nomination
Outstanding Sound Design – B Iden Payne Nomination
Top 9 Productions of 2009 – Austin Chronicle

Killer Joe

Capital T presents

Killer Joe

by Tracy Letts

Directed by Mark Pickell

Scenic Design – Tommy Grubbs and Mark Pickell
Sound and Video Design – Adam Hilton
Costume Design – Cheryl Painter
Technical Director – Billy Dragoo
Fight Choreography – Travis Dean
Assistant Director – Marshall Carby
Stage Manager – Matt Wasson
Dramaturg – Carrie Klypchak

Original Run

June 4th-27th

Extended Run

July 23rd-August 8th

Hyde Park Theatre

Killer Joe is Knocking Crtics Dead!–Read the Reviews!

Heads roll, shatter and blow in KILLER JOE, the savagely funny, pitch-dark comedy by Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright Tracy Letts (AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY).

The play focuses on the Smith family, a greedy, vindictive clan of trailer-trash Texans who hatch a plan to murder their estranged, naggy, alcoholic matriarch to cash in on her insurance policy. Unable to bring themselves to do the deed, they hire Killer Joe Cooper (Ken Bradley), a full-time cop and part-time contract killer. Once he steps into their trailer, their simple plan quickly spirals out of control.


Killer Joe CooperKenneth Wayne Bradley

Chris SmithJoey Hood

Sharla SmithKatie DeBuys

Ansel SmithJoe Reynolds

Dottie SmithMelissa Recalde



About the Play

Originally staged at the famed Steppenwolf Theatre KILLER JOE has gone on to be performed in 15 countries in 12 languages since its Chicago debut. It won top honors at the Edinburgh, Scotland, Fringe Theater Festival in ’94, then played to sellout audiences at London’s The Buck and West Theater during a four-month run in which it won the Time Out Award as the Best Play of 1995. In 1998 it found an off-Broadway home at the 200-seat Soho Playhouse.

About the Playwright

Tracey Letts is a Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning Playwright as well as an accomplished actor. He won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his searing family drama AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY. His other plays include THE MAN FROM NEBRASKA (Pulitzer Nomination), BUG (Made into a feature film with Ashley Judd and Harry Connick Jr.), and most recently SUPERIOR DONUTS. He is a company member of Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago. His mother, Billie Letts (an accomplished novelist WHERE THE HEART IS) said of his work “Everybody in Tracy’s stories gets naked or dead.”