“The closest thing that the American theater currently has to a David Foster Wallace, Rapp can give you the head rush of sophisticated literary allusion and unreliable narrative trickery à la Dostoevsky, and yet talk of Plano, Illinois, and let you know that he knows exactly how it feels…A gripping stunner of a play.” —Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
“An astonishing play…Flawless.” —Jesse Green, New York Times
“Hypnotic and confoundingly dramatic…Will take your breath away.” —Marilyn Stasio, Variety
“A brutally beautiful fable about how writers live to write—and then forget to live.” —David Cote, Observer
When Bella Baird, an isolated creative writing professor at Yale, begins to mentor a brilliant but enigmatic student, Christopher, the two form an unexpectedly intense bond. As their lives and the stories they tell about themselves become intertwined in unpredictable ways, Bella makes a surprising request of Christopher. Brimming with suspense, Rapp’s riveting play explores the limits of what one person can ask of another.
Adam Rapp is an award-winning playwright, director, novelist, and filmmaker. He is the author of numerous plays, including Nocturne, Finer Noble Gases, Stone Cold Dead Serious, The Metal Children, The Hallway Trilogy, and Red Light Winter, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Rapp’s novels include Know Your Beholder and The Year of Endless Sorrows, and numerous works of fiction for young adults, including Under the Wolf, Under the Dog and 33 Snowfish. He is writer and director of the feature films Winter Passing and Blackbird.