The Secret Rapture

by  David Hare

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 4f

"The contradictions and the anguish that motivates these characters is communicated with such wit and controlled passion that one hardly suspects the underlying, almost Christian morality, until the play's final moments of surprising violence."

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The Secret Rapture

by  David Hare

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 4f
  • Accolades

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    From Broadway, From West End
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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The children of light and darkness battle in this brilliant play by the author of Racing Demon. Gentle Isobel happily runs a small graphics design business with her husband until her sister Marion and her father's young widow Katherine demand to be taken into the company. Katherine is a destructive drunk and Marion is a Tory M.P. with the heart of a computer. Isobel accepts capital to expand and her business becomes high tech and impersonal. She ultimately walks away from her business and her marriage in this fable about the corruption of art and heart by a soulless, self obsessed society. Produced by Joseph Papp on Broadway where the cast included Blair Brown, MaryBeth Hurt and Frances Conroy.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"The contradictions and the anguish that motivates these characters is communicated with such wit and controlled passion that one hardly suspects the underlying, almost Christian morality, until the play's final moments of surprising violence." - Evening Standard

"Astonishing." - Guardian

"Blazingly emotional." - New York Newsday

"The best play of the year and the most compelling British import in years." - Newsweek

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Setting: The homes and offices of Robert, Isobel and Tom.
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

2m, 4f

ISOBEL GLASS
MARION FRENCH
TOM FRENCH
KATHERINE GLASS
IRWIN POSNER
RHONDA MILNE

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David Hare

David Hare has been called "one of the great post-war British playwrights". Along with co-founding Portable Theatre Company and Joint Stock Theatre Group, he served as Resident Dramatist at the Royal Court Theatre in London and Resident Dramatist at the Nottingham Playhouse. His first play, Slag, was performed at the H ...

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The Secret Rapture premiered on the West End at Lyttleton Theatre in October 1988 under the direction of Howard Davies.

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