Wednesday, April 15, 2009

POW! (Play Of The Week)

Red Light Winter
by Adam Rapp

Matt is a down and out playwright who hasn't fully recovered from the loss of his girlfriend, which made him into an insomniac with both health and confidence problems. Davis, a fast rising book editor, is the guy who Matt's ex left him for. In comes Christina, a beautiful but mysterious "window shopper" from the Red Light District that Davis brings back to the hostel for Matt to....partake in while Davis goes out for some "space cakes."

Adam Rapp’s Red Light Winter is the story of two former college buddies who decide to fulfill the American fantasy of a vacation in Amsterdam, filled with all of the obvious vices one would be arrested for doing here in the U.S. Although comedic at times, Red Light Winter is not a comedy. It is an examination of the strong affect friends and strangers can have on one another.

The first act is the night the characters meet in the hostel back in Amsterdam. The second act takes place back in New York City a year later at Matt's loft where Christina randomly shows up. As the play grows, so do Matt and Christina. We begin to see damaged people looking to be loved rather than cardboard characters with simple wants. This is a credit to the diligence and care of Rapp, who skillfully weaves these characters’ needs and dependencies into the fabric of the play. A good selection for any actor’s library.

Characters: 2 M (late 20's to early 30's), 1 W (mid to late 20's)

Monologues/Scenes: Great scene work for all characters with challenging monologues for Matt. A great work that demands full selflessness of the actor. Not easy, but rewarding.

Recommended by: Matty A.

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