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David Rabe

DAVID RABE

  (1940 - )

Nationality:    USA
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Literary Agent:    The Gersh Agency, NY  represented by Joyce Ketay

Born in Dubuque, IA on March 10, 1940. Attended Loras College and Villanova University for M.A. in Theatre. Recipient: Obie Award; Variety Award; Drama Desk Award; Elizabeth Hull-Kate Warriner Drama Guild Award (twice); John Gassner Outer Critics Circle Award; New York Drama Critics Award for Streamers; Tony Award for Sticks and Bones.

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below is a list of David Rabe's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Basic Training Of Pavlo Hummel, The         Black Monk         Burning         Corners         Dog Problem, The         Early History Of Fire, An         Good For Otto         Goose And Tomtom         Hurlyburly         In the Boom Boom Room         Orphan, The         Question of Mercy, A         Recital of the Dog         Sticks And Bones         Streamers         Those the River Keeps



Basic Training Of Pavlo Hummel, The

Basic Training Of Pavlo Hummel, The
U.S. soldier Pavlo Hummel is relaxing in a brothel in Vietnam when a grenade is thrown through the window. He is mortally wounded. Ardel a black soldier in a strange uniform appears and together they look back on Pavlo's military career

Notes:
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1st Produced:
New York Shakespeare Festival, NYC     1971

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Viking Press, New York, 1973   978-0670003679

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Black Monk

Black Monk
Escaping from the demands of the city Kovrin goes to the estate owned by Pesotsky where he spent his childhood. He is visited by an emissary of the legendary Black Monk

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1st Produced:
-    

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in "the Black Monk/the Dog Problem   978-1439141885

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  3            Other:  extras

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Burning

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Notes:
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1st Produced:
New York     1974

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Corners

Synopsis:
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Notes:
World Premiere

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Dog Problem, The

Dog Problem, The
When Teresa tells her brother that her boyfriend did something to her in bed with a dog - everything spirals out of control

Notes:
Based on "Corners"

1st Produced:
Atlantic Theater Company, New York     06 May 2001

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Contained in "the Black Monk/the Dog Problem   978-1439141886

Music:
-

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Genre:
Black comedy

Parts:
Male:  6            Female:  1            Other:  1 dog

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Early History Of Fire, An

Early History Of Fire, An
Longing and confusion. Hearts pounding, time ticking away. Early 1960s in a Midwestern town. Danny Mueller's working class life is one of fierce loyalty to childhood friends, Jake and Terry. But the bigger world is stirring once he meets Karen, back from college in the east and alluring because of what she knows, and unsettling for that same reason. The grip of Danny's past is intensified by his father, a German immigrant mourning a vanished world of lost prestige. For Pop the question is how to let go of a son and life he never quite had now that the future has shrunk to almost nothing. While Danny hopes to change without betraying the bonds that have sustained him, Karen, a whirl of brilliance, looks to J.D. Salinger for answers and to Danny for a simplicity he does not possess. To fall in love, to have a destiny, to know what it is. That's what they all want, even Benji hanging onto Pop, and Shirley, too, adrift in a way she could not have foreseen. old look backward and the young look ahead, while we watch from the future they long to inhabit. And it's all about to burn in the heat of whatever's coming. The way it always does.

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1st Produced:
Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036     05 Apr 2012

Organisations:
the New Group

1st Published:

Music:
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Genre:
dramatic comedy

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Good For Otto

Synopsis:
Otto is a hampster and the pet of developmentally challenged Timothy.

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1st Produced:
Giff Theatre, Chicago     05 Oct 2005

Organisations:
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Genre:
Drama

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Goose And Tomtom

Synopsis:
struggle between hope and anguish in the human spirit as two small time jewel thieves are united in a strange unsettling friendship

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1st Produced:
New York     1982

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Samuel French Inc, New York, 1986   -

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Hurlyburly

Hurlyburly
What happens to the American post Vietnam generation amongst the insouciant jet set of Los Angeles

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1st Produced:
Chicago     1984

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Grove Press, New York, 1985   978-0394546094

Music:
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Genre:
Dramatic Comedy

Parts:
Male:  4            Female:  3            Other:  -

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In the Boom Boom Room

Synopsis:
Chrissie a go-go dancer was abused as a child. She drifts into unsuitable relationships with both men and women. Her new neighbour, Guy, who is gay tries to befriend her but she is on a downward spiral.

Notes:
aka Boom-Boom Room

1st Produced:
Joseph Papp At Vivian Beaumont Theater New York     1973

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Knopf, New York, 1975   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, theme/character full length

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  dancers

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Orphan, The

Synopsis:
uses Oriesta as its framework and makes connections between Charles Manson violence and that in Vietnam

Notes:
Part 3 of Vietnam trilogy

1st Produced:
New York     1973

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Samuel French, NY, 1975   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  7            Female:  6            Other:  extras

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Question of Mercy, A

Synopsis:
sensitive Drama exploring euthanasia

Notes:
From Richard Selzer

1st Produced:

Organisations:
Long Wharf

1st Published:
American Theatre Magazine, NY - July, 1997    -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Adaptation. - - AIDS, full length

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  2            Other:  -

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Recital of the Dog

Synopsis:
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Notes:
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1st Produced:
-     1993

Organisations:
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1st Published:
-   -

Music:
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Sticks And Bones

Sticks And Bones
portrait of a foolish, intolerant, religious, middle class American family who persuade son, blinded in Vietnam, to commit suicide

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Villanova, Pennsylvania     1969

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Viking Press, New York, 1973   978-0670003679

Music:
-

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Genre:
Modern American Drama

Parts:
Male:  5            Female:  3            Other:  -

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Streamers

Streamers
An American soldier en route to Vietnam is killed in a dispute over sexuality

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Long Wharf Theatre, Ct     1976

Organisations:
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1st Published:
Knopf, New York, 1977   978-0394411200

Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama. - - Gay, full length

Parts:
Male:  10            Female:  -            Other:  extras

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Those the River Keeps

Synopsis:
a former mob hitman attempting to become a TV actor is tempted back much to the disgust of his supportive wife

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Princeton, New Jersey     1991

Organisations:
-

1st Published:
Grove Weidenfeld, New York, 1991   -

Music:
-

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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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