His play, "August: Osage County," was performed at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois with Dennis Letts, Deanna Dunagan, Amy Morton, Rondi Reed, Mariann Mayberry, and Sally Murphy in the cast. The crew included Anna D. Shapiro (director) and Todd Rosenthal (scenic designer).
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[re August: Osage County
(2013)]I know that there's another dimension in the film that is not in the play, and that's Osage County. I would take them [filmmakers] to my home and show them the landscape, that's kind of profound for me as a guy who not only has written a play, but written a play that's somewhat autobiographical. The landscape itself becomes a character.
He was nominated for a 2005 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Dresser" at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.