Kindness

by  Adam Rapp

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

Kindness is a play about the possibility for sympathy in a harsh world and the meaning of mercy in the face of devastating circumstances.


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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

An ailing mother and her teenaged son flee Illinois and a crumbling marriage for the relative calm and safety of a midtown Manhattan hotel. Mom holds tickets to a popular musical about love among bohemians. Her son isn't interested, so Mom takes the kindly cabdriver instead, while the boy entertains a visitor from down the hall, an enigmatic, potentially dangerous young woman.

Kindness is a play about the possibility for sympathy in a harsh world and the meaning of mercy in the face of devastating circumstances.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Compelling. A well-crafted mini-thriller, which keeps you in suspense until the final blackout." - New York Daily News, Read More

"Rapp has raised some provocative questions about the prickly mother/son relationship he has drawn in such detail." - Variety

"4 stars! Pungent, vivid...Rapp finds a gentle approach to his characters' physical and emotional pain without turning sentimental. His playful side is on display too." - Time Out New York, Read More

"Adam Rapp can write dense, tense, funny dialogue." - The New York Times

"A taut and involving dark comedy. Hilarious and unsettling." - TheatreMania.com, Read More

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: A midtown Manhattan motel room.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 2f
DENNIS - 17
MARYANNE - late forites, Dennis' mother
HERMAN - African-American, mid fifties
FRANCES - a young woman
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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)

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Authors

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

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Kindness premiered at Playwrights Horizons, New York City in 2008 under the direction of Adam Rapp.

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