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Essential Self-Defense

Essential Self-Defense

A Play

Adam Rapp; Introduction by the author

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



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In Essential Self-Defense, disgruntled misfit Yul Carroll takes a job as an attack dummy in a women's self-defense class and finds himself mysteriously drawn to Sadie, the repressed bookworm mercilessly honing her skills on him. Meanwhile, all's not well on the unassuming Midwestern streets of Bloggs: with local children vanishing at an alarming rate, our hero, his lady friend, and a motley assortment of poets, butchers, and punk librarians prepare to battle the darkness on the edge of town.



Essential Self-Defense started out as a lark. An ex-roommate was telling me how she had been in a women's self-defense class in New York, in which she had to assault an attack dummy that was an actual man dressed in an...


Praise for Essential Self-Defense

“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

“A passionate writer making good on his early promise.” —David Cote, Time Out New York

“Few dramatists today write more pungent dialogue.” —Robert Brustein, The New Republic

“Rapp is very gifted, and, even rarer, he has something to say.” —Bruce Weber, The New York Times

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

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About the author

Adam Rapp; Introduction by the author

Adam Rapp is the author of numerous plays, most notably Nocturne (Faber, 2002) and Red Light Winter (Faber, 2006) which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Adam Rapp

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