Nocturne

A Play

Adam Rapp

Faber and Faber, Inc.

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"Fifteen years ago I killed my sister."

So begins Adam Rapp's highly acclaimed play Nocturne, in which a 32-year-old former piano prodigy recounts the tragic events that tore his family apart.

With a keen eye for human relationships and a deft ear for language, Rapp explores the aftershock of this unimaginable event. The father is so incapable of forgiveness he puts a gun in his son's mouth; the mother so shattered, she deserts the family and eventually takes leave of her sanity altogether; the son--only 17 years old at the time--sets out for New York City. There, he seeks an uneasy refuge in books and reinvents himself as a writer. Across the decade and a half that follows he tries to cope with the ramifications of his own anguish and estrangement while making a desperate search for redemption.
A devastating, elegant, and gripping dissection of the American dream, Nocturne signals a brave new voice in American theater.

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Nocturne
IFifteen years ago I killed my sister. 
There. 
I said it. 
I can change the order of the words. My sister I killed fifteen years ago. I, fifteen years ago, killed my sister. Sister my killed I years ago fifteen. 
I can cite various definitions. To deprive of life: The farmer killed the rabid dog. To put an end to: The umpire killed the tennis match. To mark for omission: He killed the paragraph. To destroy the vital essential quality of: The dentist killed the nerve with Novocain. To cause to stop: The bus driver killed the engine.

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Praise for Nocturne

"A brilliant, terrifying, perceptive, occasionally funny play . . . bold, daring and succesful." --Donald Lyons, New York Post

"A playwright . . . to watch with keen interest." --Markland Taylor, Variety

"A startling, unnerving work of art that fiercely pushes the boundaries of theater."--Michael Kuchwara, Associated Press

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Adam Rapp is the author of numerous plays and young adult novels. He lives in New York City.

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Nocturne
A Play
Adam Rapp

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Saroyan Writing Prize - Finalist

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
February 2002
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780571211326
ISBN10: 0571211321
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 96 pages
$14.00

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Faber & Faber
Faber and Faber, Inc.
February 2002
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429998253
ISBN10: 1429998253
96 pages
$9.99
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