The Metal Children A Play

Adam Rapp

Faber & Faber



Trade Paperback

128 Pages



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In small-town America, a young adult novel about teen pregnancy is banned by the local school board, igniting a fierce and violent debate over abortion, religious beliefs, and modern feminism. Its directionless New York City author arrives in town to defend the book and finds that it has inspired a group of local teens to rebel in strange and unexpected ways. A timely and unforgettable drama about the failure of urban and heartland America to understand each other, The Metal Children explores what happens when fiction becomes a matter of life and death.


Praise for The Metal Children

“[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

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

“[Rapp] displays a talent for comically urbane dialogue: His voice at times echoes distantly of Woody Allen's, at others of Sam Shepard's.”—Peter Marks, The Washington Post

“Rapp . . . is a gifted storyteller. He makes demands on his audience, and he rewards its close attention with depth and elegance.”—John Lahr, The New Yorker

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Metal Children, The
ACT ICHARACTERSTOBIN FALMOUTH, a novelist in his late thirties, disheveled, adrift 
BRUNO BINELLI, a feisty gay Italian-American book agent, mid-forties 
KONG, a teenage male pot dealer; a skater punk homeboy 
LYNNE, a woman of fifty who likes to party; tired 
EDITH DUNDEE, a woman in her fifties who runs a roadside motel; sweet 
STACEY KINSELLA, a progressive high school English teacher in his mid-thirties, at once fearless and terrified 
VERA DUNDEE, a young woman of sixteen; a precocious visionary 
COOPER, a youn
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  • Adam Rapp

  • Adam Rapp is the author of numerous plays, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Red Light Winter, and the novel The Year of Endless Sorrows. In 2005, his young adult novel The Buffalo Tree was censored by a school board in Reading, Pennsylvania.

  • Adam Rapp art by George O'Connor