Anthony Rapp Set for NOCTURNE Reading, 12/12

New York: Royal Family Productions presents a benefit reading of RAPP READS RAPP. Anthony Rapp reading Adam Rapp's play, Nocturne. This special benefit will take place on Monday, December 12 at Symphony Space (2537 Broadway at 95th Street). Tickets are $65 and can be purchased by visiting www.symphonyspace.org.

Adam Rapp's highly acclaimed play Nocturne, in which a former piano prodigy recounts the tragic events that tore his family apart, will be performed by his brother Anthony Rapp. With a keen eye for human relationships and a deft ear for language, Rapp explores the aftershock of this unimaginable event. Nocturne is a devastating, elegant, and gripping dissection of the American dream.

Anthony Rapp Broadway: Rent (original workshop, Off-Broadway, Broadway, Chicago and London productions, and then recreated in the feature film version), Precious Sons (Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama Desk nomination), Six Degrees of Separation and the revival of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Off-Broadway: Raised in Captivity; Trafficking in Broken Hearts; Sophistry; The Destiny of Me; Private Jokes, Public Places; and Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell. Regional: Little Shop of Horrors, his brother Adam's plays Nocturne and Gompers and the title roles in Henry V and Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Film and television: Adventures in Babysitting, School Ties, Dazed and Confused, Six Degrees of Separation, David Searching, Man of the Century, Road Trip, A Beautiful Mind, Winter Passing, Open House, "The Lazarus Man," "The X-Files," "Law & Order: SVU" and "Kidnapped." Anthony has also released a solo CD entitled Look Around, written a New York Times bestselling memoir of his experiences during his initial Rent run entitled Without You, joined the board of directors for Friends In Deed, lectured and taught extensively at schools around the country and just returned from directing the South African premiere of Rent in Johannesburg.

Adam Rapp (playwright) is an Obie-award-winning playwright and director. He is the author of numerous plays, which include Nocturne (American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop), Faster (Rattlestick), Animals & Plants(A.R.T.), Finer Noble Gases (26th Humana Festival, Rattlestick), Stone Cold Dead Serious (A.R.T., Edge Theatre), Blackbird (The Bush, London; Edge Theatre),Gompers, (Pittsburgh City Theatre), Essential Self-Defense (Playwrights Horizons/Edge Theatre), American Sligo (Rattlestick), Bingo with the Indians (The Flea), Kindness (Playwrights Horizons), and Red Light Winter (Steppenwolf, Scott Rudin Productions at Barrow Street Theatre), which won Chicago's Jeff Award for Best New Work, and was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. Recent world premieres include The Metal Children (The Vineyard Theatre), The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick), and The Edge of Our Bodies (35th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays). He has published seven novels for young adults, including The Buffalo Tree (Front Street Books, 1997), Under the Wolf, Under the Dog(Candlewick Press, 2006), which was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize, andPunkzilla (Candlewick Press, 2009), which was named a 2010 Michael J. Printz Honor Book. He is also the author of the adult novel, The Year Of Endless Sorrows(Farrar Strauss & Giroux, 2006), and the graphic novel, Ball-Peen Hammer (First Second Books, 2009). He also wrote and directed the feature films Winter Passing, and Blackbird, which he adapted from his play. After the New Year he will direct the film version of Red Light Winter, for Scott Rudin and Parts and Labor Productions. His new novel, The Children and the Wolves, is forthcoming from Candlewick Press in February. His playwriting honors include Boston's Elliot Norton Award, The Helen Merrill Prize, The 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lortel Playwright's Fellowship, and The Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

ROYAL FAMILY PRODUCTIONS, INC is a 501(c)3 non-profit theatre company whose mission is to make theatre accessible to everyone by producing innovative multi-disciplined work that cuts across generations. The company is comprised of both a Main Stage Theatre Program and an Educational Theatre Program. Some of Royal Family's NYC producing credits include, Without You (TBG Theatre), Safe Home (Women's Interart Annex), Nobody Suspects A Butterfly (Workshop, Theater For The New City), and Painted Ladies (Symphony Space).

Katie Avebe, Mary Bernardi, Chris Henry and Andy Theodorou officially founded Royal Family Productions, Inc. in August 2007.



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