The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois
Written & Directed by ADAM RAPP
Atlantic Stage 2
May 25 – June 26, 2016
Atlantic welcomes back Pulitzer Prize finalist and Obie Award winner Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter).
Ellis Shook lives alone in a small duplex apartment in Paducah, Kentucky. He works nights buffing floors, keeps to himself, and always remembers to take his medication. But when two teenage girls arrive at his doorstep one autumn afternoon, their visit will force him to confront a tragic past while also offering him a glimpse at hope.
Cast & Creative
“Mr. Rapp’s sentimentality bursts out of the dark! Directed with a tender touch and a refreshing respect for silence. The musical, dialogue-free moments, and the stretches of silence that surround them, establish a vivid sense of characters who are both specifically and idiosyncratically present!
the new york times
“Rapp’s most substantial play in several years! All of the actors deliver beautifully well-worn performances. As a slice-of-life drama, Purple Lights succeeds on all fronts!
Photos by Ahron R. Foster