Letts' Superior Donuts Will Be Sold at Music Box; Tickets on Sale June 26

By Kenneth Jones
25 Jun 2009

Tracy Letts
Tracy Letts
Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Steppenwolf Theatre Company's production of Superior Donuts, the new American play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts, will open Oct. 1 at Broadway's Music Box Theatre, currently home of Letts' August: Osage County. Previews will begin Sept. 16.

Directed by Steppenwolf ensemble member Tina Landau, Superior Donuts makes its Broadway debut following a sold-out world premiere at Steppenwolf in summer 2008. Steppenwolf ensemble member Letts has revised the script since the Chicago run, according to reports.

Casting for the Broadway engagement will be announced shortly. Michael McKean starred in the Chicago world premiere.

August: Osage County ends its run at The Music Box June 28.

Tickets for Superior Donuts will go on sale through Telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200 beginning on June 26, and The Music Theatre box office will open on Aug. 19.



According to Steppenwolf, "Arthur Przybyszewski owns a decrepit donut shop in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Franco Wicks, a black teenager who is his only employee, wants to change the shop for the better. This provocative comedy, set in the heart of one of Chicago's most diverse communities, explores the challenges of embracing the past and the redemptive power of friendship."

The Steppenwolf production of Superior Donuts is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Richards, Jean Doumanian, Steve Traxler and Jerry Frankel, the producing team behind Steppenwolf's August: Osage County.

The small-scale 2008 workplace play by Pulitzer Prize winner Letts was nominated for the Joseph Jefferson Award for its summer 2008 world-premiere run at Steppenwolf's Downstairs Theatre, the same venue where eventual Pulitzer Prize winner and Tony Award winner August was born a year earlier.

Landau's 2008 production of Superior Donuts starred Michael McKean (Broadway's Hairspray and The Homecoming, TV's "Laverne & Shirley," Hollywood's "A Mighty Wind") as the shop's proprietor. This will mark the non-musical directing Broadway debut of Landau (Bells Are Ringing).

Letts received the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Drama (and the Tony Award for Best Play) for August: Osage County.

Letts is also the author of Man from Nebraska, which was produced at Steppenwolf in 2003 and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize; Killer Joe, which has been produced in Chicago, London and New York; and Bug, which has played in New York, Chicago and London.

Landau most recently directed The Tempest for Steppenwolf Theatre Company, as well as The Time of Your Life (also Seattle Rep, A.C.T.), The Diary of Anne Frank, The Cherry Orchard, and Charles Mee's Berlin Circle and Time to Burn, among others. She directed the world premieres of Tarell McCraney's In the Red and Brown Water at the Alliance and McCarter Theaters, Paula Vogel's A Civil War Christmas at Long Wharf Theatre and the Off-Broadway premiere of McCraney's Wig Out! at the Vineyard Theatre.