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Killer Joe



This exciting first play by the author of August: Osage County premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf before going on to acclaimed productions in London and New York. Hired by the dissolute Smith family to murder the matriarch for insurance money, Killer Joe takes the daughter to bed as a retainer against his final payoff, which sets in motion a bloody aftermath as the “hit man” meets his match.

Character Breakdown

Chris Smith (M, 22)
Sharla Smith (F, Chris' stepmother, early 30s)
Ansel Smith (M, Chris' father, 38)
Dottie Smith (F, Chris' sister, 20)
Killer Joe Cooper (M, mid-30s)