What's the use of having a famous acting brother if you can't use him once in awhile? Playwright Adam Rapp employs Anthony Rapp (Rent) in the West Coast premiere of the former's newest play, Nocturne, playing Oct. 12-Nov. 11 at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Mark Brokaw (Lobby Hero, Music from a Sparkling Planet) directs.
Nocturne follows the story of a young man struggling to put his life back together after accidentally killing his sister. After the incident, he flees his suburban life for New York City's Lower East Side working on writing to get him through it, but knows he must return home and face the music.
Anthony is best known for creating the role of Mark in Rent, a role he played Off-Broadway, on Broadway, in Chicago and London. His other credits include the title role in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, "Adventures in Babysitting," "Six Degrees of Separation" and a new solo CD, "Look Around."
Adam is the author of Ghosts in the Cottonwoods , Trueblinka, Blackbird and Animals and Plants. Nocturne won Boston's Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding New Script and Best New Play from the Independent Reviewers of New England.
Berkeley Repertory Theatre is located at 2025 Addison Street. For tickets ($15.99-$51), call (510) 845-4700. Berkeley Rep is on the web at http://www.berkeleyrep.org. — By Christine Ehren
and Ernio Hernandez