AURORA PRODUCTIONS

in association with

CHRIS ARRUDA, BRAD CARPENTER & RACHEL REINER PRODUCTIONS

present

RAPT

Written and Directed by ROLAND TEC

The Culture Project

45 Bleecker St. (at Lafayette St.)

(212) 352-3101

December 4 Ė 21, 2002

Scenic Design by DREW DONOVAN

Lighting Design by GUY SMITH

Music & Sound Design by JEANINE COWEN

Wardrobe by MAN OF THE ARTS

Stage Manager SUSAN D. LANGE

Press Representation by SPINGER/CHICOINE PR

 

With

Chris Arruda, Lisa Barnes, Tom Bozell, Cori Lynn Campbell

Chris Pade, Carl Palmer, Bill Tobes, Kate Weiman

 

There is something unsettlingly and cynically satisfying about Roland Tecís RAPT. A sly slap at the lack of corporate conscience and accountability, this satirical new work fits into the neat little niche of the off-Broadway play that could be going places. In fact, it already has. Originally titled BODILY FUNCTION, Tecís work has been awarded Top Prize at the 2000 Edward Albee Theatre Conference, and was also a finalist in the 2001 Eugene OíNeill Playwriting Conference. Now, making its world premiere at The Culture Project, Tecís work proves to be both timely and prophetic.

Be prepared to witness perhaps the most bizarre job performance review scene you could imagine as the fulcrum of the action in RAPT, a comical yet stern examination of the corporate climate and its ability to corrupt individuals. At this review, meet Superwoman Suzanne (the feisty Lisa Barnes) and her unsuspecting patsy, Donald, portrayed with restrained civility by Carl Palmer. The review gets increasingly bizarre, focusing on bathroom visits and water consumption, and then, it becomes surreal, as Suzanneís fantasies and memories interject themselves time and again. We meet her wicked art teacher (Chris Arruda), his classroom nude model (Chris Pade), and Suzanneís ailing, suicidal husband (Bill Tobes). The action floats back and forth, it ebbs and flows, and as it does, Donald is seemingly drawn under. In the end, he is essentially forced to wed a woman he barely knows.

What?, you wonder. Let me introduce you to the peripheral tale of a married CEO in a decidedly physical relationship with a company employee. Let me introduce you to Carly (Cori Lynn Campbell) and Stryker (Tom Bozell). Let me introduce you to a pair of people who operate from an area of pure selfishness, and for whom consequences are someone elseís concern. Welcome to the tapestry of RAPT.

Of course, I will not give it away, but the plot developments here are largely unanticipated. If you do not get to RAPT, at least remember Roland Tec. Heís onto something.

- Kessa De Santis -

 

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