He writes. He directs. He's Adam Rapp, the prolific playwright, and he's heavily involved in "The Twilight Series," a new program of plays presented by Last Minute Productions (LMP), a new series which will play at Chelsea's Maverick Theater in Manhattan.
Rapp's Trueblinka, about a Southern clan of religious nuts who cite God's will in torturing each other, will inaugurate the series on Sept. 19. Simon Hammerstein, the artistic director of LMP, will direct.
Rapp himself will direct beginning Jan. 10, 2003, when the series features The Bread of Winter by Victor Lodato. The middle attraction in the three-show line-up is The Plank Project by Jeff Whitty, directed starting Nov. 7 by Bat Theatre Company regular Erik Sniedze. The piece appears to be a new entry in the growing mock-documentary genre, in which plays make fun of earnest "reality-based" dramas like Fires in the Mirror and The Laramie Project. Plank concerns a director and six actors who travel to Plank, WA, to interview townies about the strange murder of "an 1,100 pound homosexual." Their aim is to "heal the world."
Hammerstein calls his company's selections "confrontational plays deemed untouchable by commercial theatre." His target audience is "hardened and adventurous youth of New York City who have given up on theatre as a source of cultural entertainment."
No closing dates for the shows have been announced. Call (212) 206-1515 for information.
—By Robert Simonson