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'Killer Joe' awaits Broadway debut

Tribune reporter

"Killer Joe" will be unleashed on Broadway in 2014, its producers announced Thursday, in a production that will reunite Tracy Letts and director Pam MacKinnon.

Letts’ thriller had its premiere in Evanston in 1993 and has since played off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in London; it also was adapted by Letts into a Hollywood movie in 2012. But this will be the Broadway debut for "Joe" — a notoriously violent work about a small-time drug dealer who hires a police detective-turned-contract killer.

The producers will be Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, part of the producing team behind last year's "Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" — which earned Letts the Tony for acting and MacKinnon for directing — as well as the Broadway productions of "Superior Donuts" and "August: Osage County." The venue and opening date are to be announced.

Read Tribune critic Richard Christiansen's 1993 review here: "'Killer Joe' Unfolds As A Bizarre, Gut-twisting Thriller"

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