Tracy Letts: How To Live A Creative Life


I'm fortunate to call Tracy Letts a dear friend. Aside from being an astonishing actor and brilliant writer - he is simply one of the most decent, kind, and generous people you will ever meet. He suffers no fools and his clear eyed ( a good humored) about his approach to writing and creating.

A long time member of The Steppenwolf Theater Company, where he developed and premiered his Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning epic August: Osage County, Tracy continues his commitment to the stage as both an actor and a writer.

Tracy's newest play, Mary Page Marlowe starring his wife, the amazing Carrie Coon (HBO's The Leftovers), will premiere at Steppenwolf this March.

A few years back, Tracy gave a talk at Chicago Ideas Week. The subject was how to live a creative life. Tracy attacked the subject with his usual wit and charm.

From his talk:

"... the secrets to living a creative life are masturbation, stealing, reading fiction and ignoring NPR... "

Please treat yourself to 30 minutes to watch this. The video is actually 18 minutes, but you will want to stop and replay quite a few segments.

I also highly encourage you to become involved with Chicago Ideas. They are a fantastic organization dedicated to creativity and innovations.

In their own words:

"Chicago Ideas is a movement built on one core belief: When a broad spectrum of thinkers and instigators share ideas, we have the power to transform our world."

Events, Labs, and Conversations are held year round in Chicago. Most are priced at $15.00.

Learn more by visiting their website: www.chicagoideas.com

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