The Amoralists (1) have earned themselves acclaim for presenting challenging theatre for some time and now they are the ones presenting this exciting play. Come early and come often as the play “Ghosts in the Cottonwoods,” written and directed by Adam Rapp, is coming in a limited engagement at Theatre 80 St. Marks. Previews begin November 11 and the play opens proper on November 13.
From the press release (2) for the show: “On the night of a terrible storm, a single mother and her younger son await the arrival of the older son, who has broken out of prison. Two others arrive before him: a stranger with a wounded leg and a girl with a suitcase. Nothing will ever be the same.”
Adam Rapp “is an Obie-award-winning playwright and director. He is the author of numerous plays, which include Nocturne, Faster, Animals & Plants, Finer Noble Gases (2006 Edinburgh Fringe First Award), Stone Cold Dead Serious, Blackbird, Gompers, Essential Self-Defense, and Red Light Winter (Obie Award), which was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He recently directed the world premiere of The Metal Children, which starred Billy Crudup, at The Vineyard Theatre.”
In addition “Rapp is the author of the novel, The Year Of Endless Sorrows, and the graphic novel, Ball-Peen Hammer. His new novel, The Children And The Wolves, is forthcoming from Candlewick Press.”
Adam Rapp is also the guy who all the playwrights (me) who submit to the big playwriting contests lose to. “Rapp’s playwriting honors include The Helen Merrill Award, 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.” Deservedly so though as Rapp is an amazing storyteller and a gifted dramatist.
This new show is being presented by The Amoralists. “The Amoralists is a theatre company that produces work with no moral judgment, by new and emerging playwrights. Dedicated to an honest expression of the American condition, their actor-driven ensemble explores complex characters of moral ambiguity. They seek to initiate a dialogue between artists and audience, and put theatre at the heart of our community. Rollicking, rebellious and raw, their work will go home with you…Boom!”
The cast of Ghosts in the Cottonwoods “includes William Apps, James Kautz, Nick Lawson, Sarah Lemp, Mandy Nicole Moore and Matthew Pilieci.”
Stay tuned for my review of this play in the coming days. I can almost guarantee that I’ll love it so if you want to forego listening to my long-winded praise of the work, just get out and see the show yourself!
(2) http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=157541264282998/Press Release