The Town: Pawhuska, Osage County, OK

Osage County, Oklahoma, has its own level of influence upon the story. Osage County’s current tourism website describes the area as, “largely unchanged as the original Wild West with true cowboys, proud Osages, wild horses, bison, the tallgrass prairie, pristine lakes, and rich traditions.” (www.visittheosage.com) As the play was only written ten years ago, it is safe to surmise that this information applies to the Osage County of Tracy Letts’ telling. The Weston home is in a wild, remote location where there are probably not very many people directly nearby. This isolation is only exacerbated in the script by Letts’ descriptions of how the shades are all pulled down throughout the house, blocking out the sun and metaphorically anyone and anything other than who and what is already in the house.