|Written by||Tracy Letts|
|Characters||Chris Smith (twenty-two years old)|
Sharla Smith (early thirties)
Ansel Smith (thirty-eight years old)
Dottie Smith (twenty years old)
Killer Joe Cooper (mid-thirties)
|Date premiered||3 August 1993|
|Place premiered||Next Lab, Evanston, Illinois|
|Genre||black comedy, thriller, In-yer-face theatre|
|Setting||"A trailer home on the outskirts of Dallas, Texas"|
The play was produced then premiered in 1993 at the Next Theatre Lab, in Evanston, Illinois, directed by Wilson Milam. After a successful run, Killer Joe was transferred to the Traverse Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The play gained positive reviews, and received the Fringe First award, given to new productions at the festival. The play then made its New York premiere Off-Off-Broadway by 29th Street Repertory in 1994.
Killer Joe transferred to London on 16 January 1995 at the Bush Theatre. The limited run at the Bush Theatre was a sell out, and once again received rave reviews. After closing at the Bush Theatre, Killer Joe opened at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, for one year.
In 2018, Killer Joe opened at the Trafalgar Studio, London, starring Orlando Bloom, Sophie Cookson, Adam Gillen, Steffan Rhodri and Neve McIntosh. This production was directed by Simon Evans. Previews began on May 18, with the official opening on June 4. The production closed on August 18th 2018. Adam Gillen was nominated for a 2019 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor In a Supporting Role for his role in the production.
Killer Joe is set in a trailer park in West Dallas, Texas, in present day. It follows the story of police detective and hit-man Joe Cooper. Joe is hired to kill the mother of a young drug dealer, Chris, with Chris's father Ansel as an accomplice. However, Chris and Ansel cannot afford to pay Joe, so Joe accepts Chris' innocent sister Dottie as a form of payment until the debts can be paid.
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