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When a play leaves you speechless and thirsty for more, the playwright, cast, director, and other creative team members have done their job well! Produced by The Amoralists, “Ghosts in the Cottonwoods,” is a gripping new drama written and directed by Obie-Award-winning playwright Adam Rapp and brought to life so magnificently by Sarah Lemp, Nick Lawson, William Apps, Mandy Nicole Moore, James Kautz, and Matthew Pilieci. Making this play even more realistic are the set designs by Alfred Schatz, the lighting design by Keith Parham, and the sound design by Eric Shimelonis.

Suspenseful, thrilling, and engulfing are just some of the ways I would describe Adam Rapp’s “Ghosts in the Cottonwoods.” Set in present time, the play takes place in that uncharted forested region between the interstate and the factory outlet in the southern midwest. On the night of a terrible storm, a single mother (“Bean Scully” played by Sarah Lemp) and her younger son (“Pointer Scully” played Nick Lawson) await the arrival of the older son (“Jeff Scully” played by James Kautz), who has broken out of prison. Two others arrive before him: A stranger with a wounded leg (“Newton Yardly” played William Apps) and a girl with a suitcase (“Shirley Judyhouse” played by Mandy Nicole Moore). What happens next, is the ride you are taken on. The chemistry of this cast is terrific and they should all be applauded, especially when they switch between compelling drama to moments of laugh out loud comedy.

Adam has written a play that is smart, suspenseful, and thriller-like. He takes you on a journey and as you are getting sucked in, there is a moment that hits as if Adam has reached out with his hands and grabbed you tight with the intensely high drama that ensues for the remainder of this 90 minute intermissionless play.

If you are looking for a play that will not only engross you, but will show you the brilliance that is Adam Rapp, then I highly suggest checking out “Ghosts in the Cottonwoods” before December 6 at Theatre 80 Saint Marks in NYC (80 St. Marks Street, between 1st and 2nd Ave, NYC). For tickets, click here!

This show does contain nakedness.

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Adam Rapp is an Obie-Award-winning playwright and director. His thought-provoking plays have kept audiences on the edge of their seats waiting for his next creation! In addition to an Obie Award, Adam’s playwriting has been honored with The Helen Merrill Award, The 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lortel Playwright’s Fellowship, and The Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

His plays include “Nocturne,” “Faster,” “Animals & Plants,” “Finer Noble Gases” (which earned Adam a 2006 Edinburgh Fringe First Award), “Stone Cold Dead Serious,” “Blackbird,” “Gompers,” “Essential Self-Defense,” and “Red Light Winter” (for which Adam received an Obie Award and was named finalist for a Pulitzer Prize). Adam recently directed Billy Crudup at the Vineyard Theatre in the world premiere of his own play “The Metal Children.”

Adam is also the author several novels including “The Year Of Endless Sorrows” and the more graphic novel “Ball-Peen Hammer.” His latest novel, “The Children And The Wolves,” is forthcoming from Candlewick Press. Adam wrote and directed two films “Winter Passing” and “Blackbird.” Catch Adam’s latest play “Ghosts in the Cottonwoods” at Theatre 80 St. Marks (80 St. Marks Place between 1st and 2nd Avenue in NYC) presented by The Amoralists from November 11-December 6. Click here for tickets!

1. Who or what inspired you to become a playwright? John Guare’s “Six Degrees of Separation,” which I saw when I moved to New York.

2. Who is the one person you haven’t worked with that you would like to? Daniel Day Lewis.

3. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Don’t stop writing plays” – Marsha Norman

4. If you couldn’t be doing what you are doing now, what career would you choose? I would coach high school basketball and teach English.

5. Favorite place to write? My office and bed (a close second).

6. Favorite way to spend your day off? Reading, playing basketball, playing music.

7. Books or Magazines? Books.

8. Boxers or Briefs? Both. I alternate.

9. Favorite website? Goodreads.com

10. Superman or Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman.


11. If you could dream about anyone while you sleep, who would it be? Juliette Binoche.

12. Do you have any strange or unusual talent that nobody knows about? I’ve only thrown up twice in my life. Well, three times, actually.

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