Shortly after Killer Joe, Letts penned Bug (1996), which employs characteristics of the trailer-trash thriller (i.e. offensive language, nudity, sex, and violence) and weaves these features with dark humor and sci-fi elements to create a quirky psychological horror film about love and paranoia. Bug achieved moderate success on the London stage in the late 90’s and later in the United States. In 2006, Friedkin directed a film version, which was unsuccessful at the box office but continues to have a cult following. As with Killer Joe, since August’s success, regional and local theaters have shown a renewed interest in producing Bug.

Bug – Acting Edition from DPS

Ben Brantley Review of Barrow Street Theatre production, March 2004

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