The Project

Welcome to Letts Net! This collection of resources related to the work of American playwright Tracy Letts is designed for educators, students, and theatre-goers researching, studying, or simply exploring the work of one of contemporary American theatre’s most produced playwrights.

This on-line project is the result of my continuing interest in Letts’s contribution and influence on contemporary American theatre and my desire to share resources discovered while working on my master’s thesis: “How to Get from Here to There: Poetic Connections in Tracy Letts’s Man from NebraskaAugust: Osage County, and Superior Donuts.”  My hope is that you find the information, resources, and occasional random thoughts useful, inspiring, and perhaps, at times, provocative.

I welcome comments and feedback about this site as well as any materials and resources you would like to share for educational purposes.  Please feel free to contact me at

Deborah Kochman is a doctoral candidate at Florida State University, School of Theatre.  Her master’s thesis focused on the intertextual references to poetry and the poetic connections in Letts’s work; she has presented papers at the 35th Annual Contemporary Drama Conference in Los Angeles (a comparative analysis of Shakespeare’s King Lear and Tracy Letts’s August: Osage County), the 2011 Chicago Theatre Symposium (poetic connections), and the 36th Annual Contemporary Drama Conference in Baltimore (poetic connections).  

Deborah’s scholarly work focuses on violence, trauma, age studies, and human rights. She is co-covener of ASTR’s Traumatic Structures working group (2015, 2016) and has presented papers on various topics at ATHE (2014, 2016),  MATC (2016) and CDC (2012, 2014, 2015).  As a theatre practitioner, she was dramaturg for FSU’s production of Romeo and Juliet (Fall 2014), Polyphonic Bonsai’s productions of Oedipus Revenant and Oedipus Reborn (Season 2014-15) and director of Bound: Dead in a Nutshell.  She was writer and assistant director for a collaborative project with Devair Jeffries titled One Hundred Years of Hope, an original production which examined issues of age, race, and violence in U.S. culture. 

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