ADAM RAPP (Author) 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.