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The Stonewater Rapture

The Stonewater Rapture
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Doug Wright
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 35
Pub. Date: 1990
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822210827
ISBN-13: 9780822210825
Cast Size: 1 female, 1 male

About the Play:

The Stonewater Rapture has long been a favourite of acting teachers for Female Monologues and Female/Male Scenes.

The Stonewater Rapture is a one-act drama by Doug Wright. Whitney and Carlyle find their young relationship suddenly thrown into turmoil. Together they struggle to wed their ingrained beliefs with the painful complexity of their experiences. Can they learn to cope with the pressures of growing up whilst staying true to the faith that has guided their decisions until now?

The Stonewater Rapture brings to fore the issues of God, sex, and the world between. Whitney, the well-meaning son of the local minister, and Carlyle, a vivacious eighteen-year-old girl with deep religious devotion and a lively imagination, are conflicted. Whitney is concerned with how his lack of sexual experience is affecting his reputation, while Carlyle is very much pleased with her piety, though also admits to sexual curiosities of her own. The play's initial humor and crackling dialogue turn serious when Carlyle confesses a life-changing experience. Together, they struggle to wed their religious doctrine with the often-painful complexities of the real world.

Doug Wright achieved early success while still an undergraduate, when one of his first works, The Stonewater Rapture was performed in 1984 to acclaim at Borderline Theatre during Scotland's Edinburgh Festival Fringe capturing the coveted Fringe First Award. With its single set and youthful roles, the play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is routinely performed by high schools and colleges.

Cast: 2 female, 2 male

What people say:

"A poignant and funny look at growing up, sex and religion in small-town America." — London Stage

"An original and relevant drama." — The Festival Times (Edinburgh)

"Forceful, and redolent of deep feeling." — The Scotsman (Edinburgh)

About the Playwright:

Doug Wright is a Pulitzer-prize winning American playwright and screenwriter. His stage work – which includes such titles as The Stonewater Rapture – has been produced in major cities across the US and the globe, among them, New York, Dallas, London, Stockholm, Budapest, Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Sydney and Tokyo.

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