Essential Self-Defense is the name of the piece. Dates and cast are to be determined.
The 12-year-old CCTP has developed a reputation for nurturing plays that eventually find their way Off-Broadway. Just this past season alone, New York has seen Manuscript by Paul Grellong, Almost, Maine by John Cariani and BFE by Julia Cho, all developed at one point at the Falmouth company.
In Essential Self-Defense, "Yul Carrol makes his living by being a human punching bag for a women's self-defense class. He falls in love with the woman who injures him, and then things get strange."
Rapp's other works include Stone Cold Dead Serious, Nocturne and Blackbird.
This will mark Rapp's first visit to The Cape Cod Theatre Project, the 12-year-old summer theatre festival, which rehearses (in a brief process) and offers readings of new works each July. The company is stationed in Falmouth in the southwest corner of Cape Cod, and performs out of The Falmouth Academy, a private school. Though the company never stages full productions and makes no bones about its plays being in a state of development, the season has become quite popular with the local populace. CCTP was founded by artistic director Andrew Polk and Jim Bracchiatta. CCTP workshops which went on to full productions include Paula Vogel's The Mineola Twins (at the Roundabout Theatre Company), Ben Bettenbender's Vick's Boy (at Off-Broadway's Rattlestick Theatre Company), Joe Hortua's Between Us (Manhattan Theatre Club), and David Schulner's The Infinite Ache (at Long Wharf Theatre).