Stone Cold Dead Serious And Other Plays

Adam Rapp

Faber & Faber



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Adam Rapp's plays have captivated audiences across the country with their unflinching explorations of the good, the bad, and the ugly in America's heartland and cities.

Gathered here are three of his latest works: Faster, in which two young grifters try to strike a deal with the devil during the hottest summer on record; Finer Noble Gases, a lament for a band of arrested thirty-year-olds slouching toward adulthood amid East Village decay; and the Off-Broadway hit Stone Cold Dead Serious. Honest, strange, and humorous, the title play looks at a blue-collar family's struggle to survive in the face of disability and addiction, and the seemingly surreal lengths to which their teenage son will go to save them from themselves. It prompted Bruce Weber to rave in The New York Times: "Stone Cold Dead Serious [is] the work of a playwright who is forging a real voice . . . Its rendering of the shared language of loved ones illustrates how families can remain intimate even when they are in shards. Its depiction of a working-class America that is unable to dream of anything beyond enduring is as sincerely sad a commentary on our culture as I've seen in recent memory. And its fear for young people is, unfortunately, deeply convincing."


Praise for Stone Cold Dead Serious

"An ambitious and prodigiously talented writer."—Charles Isherwood, Variety

"Rapp [shows] an exuberant love for the written word . . . [He] tells stories that encase classical themes—class and envy, ambition and alienation—in blunt terms and in modern settings."—Jesse McKinley, The New York Times

"One of the most daring young stylists working today."—David Cote, Time Out New York

"Rapp is very gifted, and, even rarer, he has something to say . . . Stone Cold Dead Serious [is] brave, compassionate and, at times . . . breathtakingly moving."—Bruce Weber, The New York Times

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Stone Cold Dead Serious
STONE COLD DEAD SERIOUSStone Cold Dead Serious was originally produced in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by the American Repertory Theater on February 6, 2002. It was directed by Marcus Stern; sets were designed by Christine Jones; costumes by Catherine Zuber; lights by John Ambrosone; and sound by David Remedios and Marcus Stern. The production stage manager was Jennifer Rae Moore. The cast was as follows:WYNNE LEDBETTERMatthew StadelmannCLIFF LEDBETTERGuy BoydSHAYLEE LEDBETTER/SHARICEElizabeth ReaserLINDA LEDBETTERDeirdre O'ConnellJACK GAMRobert RunckRANDALL "THE RANDYMAN"
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  • Adam Rapp

  • Adam Rapp is the author of numerous plays, most notably Nocturne, as well as six novels for young adults. He lives in New York.
  • Adam Rapp art by George O'Connor