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Adam Rapp BIO

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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Adam Rapp Productions

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



Adam Rapp Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2024 - Best Book of a Musical

Adam Rapp, The Outsiders

Tony Awards - 2020 - Best Play

Adam Rapp, The Sound Inside

Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Music for a Play

Adam Rapp, Essential Self-Defense

Obie Awards - 2007 - Voice Judges

Adam Rapp

Obie Awards - 2006 - Special Citations

Adam Rapp, Red Light Winter

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2006 - John Gassner Playwriting Award

Adam Rapp, Red Light Winter

The Pulitzer Prize - 2006 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Adam Rapp., Red Light Winter

The Pulitzer Prize - 2006 - The Pulitzer Prize for Drama

Adam Rapp, Red Light Winter

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Adam Rapp News

Video: Joshua Boone Records 'Little Brother' from THE OUTSIDERS

Watch Joshua Boone record 'Little Brother' from The Outsiders in the video here!
Ancram Center For The Arts to Present Cabaret Star Rizo This Month

Cabaret superstar Rizo will perform at Ancramdale's Circa 1799 Barn, featuring a mix of comedy, burlesque, rock ‘n’ roll, and glamour. Learn more and see how to purchase tickets.

BroadwayCon has revealed the lineup for its First Look and Showcase, treating attendees to performances from some of the newest and most talked-about shows on stage this year. BroadwayCon 2024 First Look and Showcase will take place Friday, July 21, 2023.
Photos: Inside the 2024 Tony Awards Ceremony

Last night, the curtain was raised on the 77th Annual Tony Awards! Take a look inside the CBS broadcasts and Pluto TV pre-show below, including photos of the casts of The Outsiders, Suffs, Hell's Kitchen, The Who's Tommy, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club, and more.
Video: THE OUTSIDERS Team Talks Tony Win for Best Musical

Just last night at the 77th Annual Tony Awards, The Outsiders took home a Tony Award for 'Best Musical'. Watch what happened afterwards in this video!
Video: THE OUTSIDERS Team Accepts the Tony Award For Best Musical

The Outsiders won the 2024 Tony Award for Best Musical. Watch the team's acceptance speech in the video here!
Video: Meet the Tony-Nominated Creatives of 2024

Watch as we chat with: Will Butler (Stereophonic), Timo Andres (Illinoise), Bekah Brunstetter (The Notebook), Justin Craig (Stereophonic), Kristoffer Diaz (Hell's Kitchen), Rick Elice (Water for Elephants), Adam Guettel (Days of Wine and Roses), Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance (The Outsiders), Justin Levine (The Outsiders), Matt Hinkley (The Outsiders), Adam Rapp (The Outsiders), and Shaina Taub (Suffs).
How/When/Where to Watch the 2024 Tony Awards

It's almost here! On June 16, The 77th Annual Tony Awards make their debut at Lincoln Center at the David H. Koch Theatre to celebrate the best of Broadway for the 2023/24 theatre season.
Recap the 2024 Tony Awards Acceptance Speeches

The 77th Annual Tony Awards have officially begun! As winners take the stage this evening, stay tuned to BroadwayWorld as we bring you full text of all of the acceptance speeches; from the emotional to the humorous, and everything in between.
Photos: On the Red Carpet at the 2024 Tony Awards

We're taking you to the red carpet for a look at all of the stars (and what they're wearing)! Check back all night long for more photos!
2024 Tony Awards Winners - The Full List

The 77th Annual Tony Awards were a smashing success with The Outsiders and Stereophonic taking home the top prizes of Best Play and Best Musical. Find out who else took home honors with the full list of winners below!
Crow's/Musical Stage Company's THE GREAT COMET & More Take Home 2024 Toronto Theatre Critics' Awards

After a four-year hiatus, the Toronto Theatre Critics’ Awards (TTCAs) have returned to honour excellence in the city’s professional theatre scene from the 2023-24 season. The 11th TTCAs, announced Tuesday morning, boast 19 winners across 14 categories, including a special citation for artistic achievement. 
Video: Sky Lakota-Lynch Talks Personal Connection to THE OUTSIDERS on GOOD MORNING AMERICA

Sky Lakota-Lynch stopped by Good Morning America on Monday to discuss his recent Tony nomination for his performance as Johnny Cade in the new hit musical The Outsiders. He went on to highlight the personal connection he had to the material prior to being involved with the project. Watch the full interview!
How to See One of the 2024 Tony-Nominated Shows in a City Near You

After seeing their favorite shows perform and take home some awards, fans around the country may be wondering where and when they can catch one of this year's Tony-nominated shows in a city near them. BroadwayWorld has all of the information right here!
Video: Watch Tony Nominees Sky Lakota-Lynch and Brody Grant Perform 'Stay Gold' From THE OUTSIDERS

As part of the 'Broadway In 6A' segment on The Kelly Clarkson Show, Sky Lakota-Lynch and Brody Grant stopped by the show to perform the number Stay Gold from the new musical The Outsiders. Watch the performance now!
DIDO OF IDAHO Comes to The Echo Theater Company in July

The Echo Theater Company will present a very dark comedy about the lengths to which a woman might go for the love of a good man. 
THE OUTSIDERS Launches Educational Initiative The Stay Gold Project

The Outsiders, the new musical based on the seminal novel by S.E. Hinton & Francis Ford Coppola’s landmark motion picture, is launching a new educational initiative titled, The Stay Gold Project. Learn more!
Exclusive: How THE OUTSIDERS Went from Great Book to Great Musical

How do you take a 50+ year-old coming of age novel and turn it into a 12-time Tony-nominated Broadway hit? Dayna Taymor and the team behind The Outsiders have done it. In this video, watch as Danya, Brody Grant, Joshua Boone, and Sky Lakota-Lynch (all four Tony nominees), chat about the show's journey to Broadway
SPACE on Ryder Farm Announces Closure After 13 Years of Supporting Artists

SPACE on Ryder Farm, an organization founded in 2011 to provide a haven for artists, innovators, and changemakers, announced today that it will cease its current operations. The Board of Trustees has made the difficult decision to shut down the residency program and farming activities after fulfilling existing commitments through the end of 2024.
Video: Watch Tony Nominee Brody Grant Perform 'Great Expectations' From THE OUTSIDERS

Brody Grant stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday to perform the song Great Expectations from the musical The Outsiders. Grant plays Ponyboy Curtis in the show and received a Tony nomination for his performance- one of 12 total nominations for the production. Watch the performance now!


How many shows has Adam Rapp written?

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).

What awards has Adam Rapp been nominated for?

Adam Rapp has been nominated for several prestigious awards throughout his career. These nominations include Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "The Outsiders," 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."

What awards has Adam Rapp won?

Adam Rapp has won Voice Judges (Obie Awards) and Special Citations (Obie Awards) for Red Light Winter.

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