Hey Joe, where ya goin' with that knife in your hand? If he's the lead character of Tracy Letts' play, Killer Joe, the answer is Off-Broadway. Killer Joe, starring Scott Glenn and Amanda Plummer, will receive a commercial mounting at the Soho Playhouse beginning previews Oct. 1 prior to an Oct. 18 opening.
Killer Joe is the story of a dysfunctional Texas tralier park family: son Chris, who needs quick cash to pay off a drug debt, his father Ansel who's in no position to help him; his manipulating step-mother (Amanda Plummer) and his innocent sister Dottie. Chris' real mother has stolen the only "assets" he has, leaving him only one way out, until Killer Joe (Scott Glenn) enters the scene.
Wilson Milam helms the piece, with Greg MacPherson designing the lights, George Xenos (set) and Jana Stauffer (costumes). David Brimmer will serve as fight choreographer.
Killer Joe premiered at the Lab space of Evanston, IL's Next Theatre in 1993. Michael Shannon and Marc Nelson, who appeared in that staging, will also appear in the NY mounting, as will Sarah Paulson. Letts' play was staged in 1994 by the aforementioned 29th Street Repertory. Their 1994 mounting was staged by Wilson Milam, who directed the original and will again stage the Off Broadway Joe.
[Killer is certainly an appropriate title for a show at the Soho Playhouse on Vandam St., since its last full-time tenant was Grandma Sylvia's Funeral.]
Peter Rybolt, managing director of Chicago's Next Theatre, told Playbill On-Line Killer Joe was a big hit for the company. "It ran eight or nine months and sold out every night."
Tracy Letts' Killer Joe, starring Scott Glenn and Amanda Plummer, begins previews Oct. 1, prior to an Oct. 18, 1998 opening at the Soho Playhouse (15 Vandam Street). For tickets ($37.50-$47.50) or more information, call (212) 239-6200.