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Essential Self-Defense - Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

Essential Self-Defense

Adam Rapp

Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy

6m, 2f

ISBN: 9780881453720

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Full Length Play

Dramatic Comedy

“Adam Rapp is a latter-day Sam Shepard. ESSENTIAL SELF-DEFENSE is an entertaining tale of fear and loathing in midwestern America.”John Lahr, The New Yorker    “The opening image of Adam Rapp’s quirky-glum ESSENTIAL SELF-DEFENSE is wonderfully rich: Social outcast Yul stands center stage in a bright-yellow jumpsuit whose thick, rounded padding makes him look like a ridiculous superhero or a jaundiced Michelin man. Yul works in a self-defense class as the poor sap who takes karate chops from women such as Sadie. When Yul dons the suit, he acquires multiple shifting identities: victim, victimizer, hero, monster. As the ambiguous antihero of a stylized post–September 11 work about love and safety, Yul is a fascinating figure….   Rapp was born to wrestle words to the page and then to the stage; he has a love of language and a zest for his characters' lives.”David Cote, Time Out New York


6m, 2f

Adam Rapp

Adam Rapp

Adam Rapp is a novelist, filmmaker, playwright and director. In 2006, he was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his play Red Light Winter. His other plays include Bingo with the Indians, Kindness, American Sligo, Nocturne, Blackbird, Stone Cold Dead Serious, Finer Noble Gases, Essential Self Defense, Trueblinka, and Faster. As a director, his production of Blackbird received two Drama ... view full profile

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