|Written by||Tracy Letts|
|Date premiered||20 September 1996|
|Place premiered||London, England|
Bug is a play by American playwright Tracy Letts. It was adapted into a film in 2006, with Letts writing the screenplay and Michael Shannon reprising his role as Peter.
Most of the play takes place in a seedy motel room. Lonely cocktail waitress Agnes lives there, hiding from her violent ex-con ex-husband Jerry Goss. One night, her lesbian biker friend R.C. introduces her to Peter, a Gulf War veteran who might be AWOL. She gets involved with Peter, who grows increasingly paranoid about the war in Iraq, UFOs, the Oklahoma City bombing, cult suicides, and then secret government experiments on soldiers — eventually drawing Agnes into his delusions. The play deals with the issues of love, paranoia, conspiracy theories, and Agnes' slow descent into insanity under Peter's influence.
The play originally premiered at the Gate Theatre in Notting Hill, London, England on September 20, 1996. The rehearsals were at A Red Orchid Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
Following its London run, the play made its U.S. debut at Ithaca, New York, followed by the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, D.C.
In Washington, DC, the play underwent a series of revisions and received an American premiere at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in March/April 2000.
The play's Chicago Premiere was at A Red Orchid Theatre, where the play first rehearsed prior to its world premiere in London.
Amanda Plummer resigned from the Off-Broadway premiere 24 hours before its February 21 start date. A notice in the theater box office warned that the show contained nudity, violence and cigarette smoking.
The play premiered at The SBW Stables Theatre in Kings Cross, Sydney, in May 2010, as part of Griffin Theatre Company's Independent Season 2010, in conjunction with Picture This Productions.
Main article: Bug (2006 film)
A film version of the play was released in 2006 from Lionsgate. It was directed by William Friedkin, and starred Ashley Judd, Harry Connick, Jr and Michael Shannon. Friedkin contacted Tracy Letts after having seen the play, and they cooperated on a screen adaptation. Friedkin described the film as "the most intense piece of work I've ever done". Michael Shannon had played the part on stage. Lionsgate wanted to cast an actor with more name recognition, but Friedkin was determined to have Shannon perform in the film, saying he brought a unique quality to the part.
|2004||Lucille Lortel Awards||Outstanding Play||Won|
|Outstanding Director||Dexter Bullard||Won|
|Outstanding Lighting Design||Tyler Micoleau||Won|
|Outstanding Sound Design||Brian Ronan||Won|
|Obie Awards||Outstanding Performance||The acting company of Bug - Shannon Cochran, Michael Shannon, Michael Cullen, Amy Landecker, Reed Birney||Won|
|Outstanding Design Team||The design team of Bug - Lauren Helpern (sets), Tyler Micoleau (lights), Brian Ronan (sound), Kim Gill (costumes), Faye Armon (props)||Won|
|Theatre World Award||Shannon Cochran||Won|
|Drama Desk Awards||Outstanding Actress in a Play||Shannon Cochran||Nominated|
|Outstanding Director of a Play||Dexter Bullard||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Designer||Brian Ronan||Nominated|