Adam Rapp

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Adam Rapp is an award-winning playwright and director. He is the author of numerous plays, which include Nocturne (American Repertory Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, The Almeida, London, The Traverse, Edinburgh), Faster (Rattlestick), Animals & Plants (A.R.T.), Finer Noble Gases(26th Humana Festival, Rattlestick, Edinburgh Fringe, The Bush, London), Stone Cold Dead Serious(A.R.T., Edge Theatre), Blackbird (The Bush, London; Edge Theatre), Gompers (Pittsburgh City Theatre, The Arcola, London), Essential Self-Defense (Playwrights Horizons/Edge Theatre), American Sligo(Rattlestick), Bingo with the Indians (The Flea), Kindness (Playwrights Horizons), The Metal Children (The Vineyard), The Hallway Trilogy (Rattlestick), The Edge of Our Bodies (36thHumana Festival), Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling (The Atlantic), Wolf in the River (The Flea), The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois(The Atlantic), and Red Light Winter (Steppenwolf, Scott Rudin Productions at Barrow Street Theatre), for which he won Chicago's Jeff Award for Best New Work, an OBIE, and was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize.

In addition to helming his own work, he directed the world premiere of Karen O's psycho opera, Stop the Virgens, for The Creators Project at St. Ann's Warehouse, which was then selected for The Vivid Live Festival, where it sold out the Sydney Opera House for six performances. He also directed Sam Shepard's True West at Actors Theatre of Louisville, which went on to be named one of the 2012 Best Moments in Culture by Louisville's N.P.R. affiliate, WFPL. His production of Finer Noble Gases garnered a Fringe First Award at the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where he received The List's Best Newcomer Prize.

His playwriting honors include Boston's Elliot Norton Award, The Helen Merrill Prize, The 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lortel Playwright's Fellowship, The Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award.

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[Off-Broadway, 2018]
[Off-Broadway, 2016]
[Off-Broadway, 2012]
[Off-Broadway, 2008]
[Off-Broadway, 2007]
[Off-Broadway, 2006]



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Review: LETTERS FROM MAX, A RITUAL at The Theatre Centre

Unadorned, beautifully delivered, linguistically gorgeous and both funny and wrenchingly sincere, it’s one of the most beautiful plays I’ve ever seen, and I think you should see it, too.

Joshua Boone, Emma Pittman & More Join the Cast of THE OUTSIDERS

Additional cast members will be joining Broadway premiere of The Outsiders, the new musical based on the seminal novel by S.E. Hinton & Francis Ford Coppola’s landmark motion picture. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets!

Up on the Marquee: THE OUTSIDERS

The Outsiders, the new musical based on the seminal novel by S.E. Hinton & Francis Ford Coppola’s landmark motion picture, is coming to Broadway. Check out the brand-new marquee!

Leslie Odom Jr., Arielle Jacobs & More to Join The Drama League EMBRACE THE SEASON Gala

Get ready for a night of incredible performances at The Drama League 'Embrace The Season' Gala. Join Leslie Odom Jr., Arielle Jacobs, and other talented artists as they take the stage for an unforgettable evening. Don't miss out on this star-studded event!

Broadway Buying Guide: November 6, 2023

Looking for the best deals on Broadway shows? Welcome to our new weekly guide to the most popular shows listed on BroadwayWorld. Check out which shows are selling this week, November 6, 2023.

Sky Lakota-Lynch & More to Star in THE OUTSIDERS on Broadway; Listen to the First Track 'Great Expectations' From OBC Recording

The initial cast has been revealed for the Broadway premiere of The Outsiders, the new musical based on the seminal novel by S.E. Hinton & Francis Ford Coppola’s landmark motion picture. See who is starring!

Katina Medina Mora to Direct POISON at Unit J Loft in Brooklyn

Get ready to be captivated by the powerful play 'Poison' at Unit J Loft in Brooklyn. Directed by the talented Katina Medina Mora, this thought-provoking production explores themes of grief, loss, and the complexities of moving on.

Telly Leung & More to Star in HAS ANYONE SEEN MY MIND? Industry Readings

Private industry readings of 'Has Anyone Seen My Mind?' by Bill Russell, are scheduled for October 26 & 27.

Annaleigh Ashford, Lindsay Mendez, Norm Lewis & More To Join The Drama League's EMBRACE THE SEASON Gala

Annaleigh Ashford, Lindsay Mendez, Norm Lewis, Danny Burstein, and more will be performing at The Drama League's 'Embrace The Season' Gala.

Review: THE SOUND INSIDE at Pasadena Playhouse

when you’ve got a guy like Adam Rapp writing a cerebral two-handed dance between a Yale creative writing professor and her enigmatic new student, and you pepper it with scribes ranging from Dostoevsky to  Anne Tyler, and you give the whole shebang to the Pasadena Playhouse and cast Amy Brenneman in the lead role, well, what’s not to like.

THE SOUND INSIDE Comes to Urbanite Theatre in October

Urbanite's main productions start with the regional premiere of the 2020 Tony-nominated play, THE SOUND INSIDE, by Adam Rapp. Learn more about the play and find out how to get tickets here!

Sing-A-Long SOUND OF MUSIC & More Lead Los Angeles' September 2023 Theater Top Picks

Los Angeles is never lacking outstanding theatre, whether epic Broadway shows, engrossing dramas or bold fringe offerings. BroadwayWorld is rounding up our top recommended theatre every month. This month's top picks include the Hollywood Bowl's Sound of Music sing-a-long, and more!

Pulse Theatre to Present CHASING HAPPY by Michel Wallerstein at Theatre Row

Pulse Theatre will present Chasing Happy a new comedy by Michel Wallerstein at Theater Row. See performance dates and learn how to purchase tickets!

Best Broadway Shows in 2024; What's Coming!

Check out a full list of what's to come on Broadway in 2024 and be sure to check back as more engagements are added to the list!

The Echo Theater Company Reveals Winners of 2023 New Play Competition

The Echo Theater Company has announced the winners of the company’s 2023 New Play Competition. Learn more about all of the winners here!

Interview: Amy Brenneman Is At Home Sharing THE SOUND INSIDE

Next up at the Pasadena Playhouse, the Los Angeles premiere of Adam Rapp’s Pulitzer Prize finalist The Sound Inside opens September 10, 2023 (with previews starting September 6th). Cameron Watson directs the cast of Amy Brenneman and Anders Keith, as Bella Lee Baird a Yale professor and her student Christopher, respectively. Amy graciously found time between final rehearsals to answer a few of my inquiries.

What We Know So Far About THE OUTSIDERS Musical

The Outsiders is coming to Broadway! The new musical will arrive this season at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre with previews beginning Saturday, March 16, 2024 ahead of a Thursday, April 11, 2024 opening night. What do you need to know until then?

THE OUTSIDERS Musical Will Open on Broadway in 2024

The Outsiders, the new musical based on the seminal novel by S.E. Hinton & Francis Ford Coppola's landmark motion picture, will come to Broadway this season at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

What's Coming to Broadway in 2023

It's a new season on Broadway! While plenty of 2023/24 season announcements have yet to be made, many productions have already revealed full details of their upcoming engagements. Check out a full list of what's to come on Broadway in Fall 2023-Spring 2024!


Adam Rapp has written 12 shows including Nocturne (Playwright), Faster (Playwright), Red Light Winter (Playwright), The 24 Hour Plays 2006 (Playwright), Essential Self-Defense (Playwright), Kindness (Playwright), Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling (Playwright), Through The Yellow Hour (Playwright), The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois (Playwright), The Edge of Our Bodies (Playwright), The Sound Inside (Playwright), The Outsiders (Book).

Adam Rapp has been nominated for several awards throughout his career. These include Best Play at the Tony Awards for "The Sound Inside," Outstanding Music for a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for "Essential Self-Defense," Voice Judges at the Obie Awards, Special Citations at the Obie Awards for "Red Light Winter," John Gassner Playwriting Award at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Red Light Winter," and The Pulitzer Prize for Drama for "Red Light Winter."

Adam Rapp has won Voice Judges (Obie Awards) and Special Citations (Obie Awards) for his work on the show Red Light Winter.

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