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Nocturne

Nocturne

A Play

Adam Rapp

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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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.

Saroyan Writing Prize - Finalist

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Nocturne

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Fifteen 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...

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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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About the author

Adam Rapp

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

Adam Rapp

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