The hit Broadway show August: Osage County is a comic-tragic take on family. It's set in the county where playwright Tracy Letts grew up. His father, Dennis Letts, plays the patriarch of a large dysfunctional family.
The play is a meditation on the cruel realities that often belie standard expectations of conjugal and family accord.
The Lettses tell Robert Siegel that it's not about their own family — only the settings are familiar to them.