The Metal Children

The Metal Children

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by Adam Rapp
     
 

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In small-town America, a young adult novel about teen pregnancy is banned by the local school board, igniting a fierce and violent debate over abortion, religious beliefs, and modern feminism. Its directionless New York City author arrives in town to defend the book and finds that it has inspired a group of local teens to rebel in strange and unexpected ways. A

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In small-town America, a young adult novel about teen pregnancy is banned by the local school board, igniting a fierce and violent debate over abortion, religious beliefs, and modern feminism. Its directionless New York City author arrives in town to defend the book and finds that it has inspired a group of local teens to rebel in strange and unexpected ways. A timely and unforgettable drama about the failure of urban and heartland America to understand each other, The Metal Children explores what happens when fiction becomes a matter of life and death.

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“An ambitious and prodigiously talented writer.” —Charles Isherwood, Variety on Adam Rapp

“[Rapp] shows an exuberant love for the written word . . . [He] tells stories that encase classical themes--class and envy, ambition and alienation--in blunt terms and in modern settings.” —Jesse McKinley, The New York Times on Adam Rapp

“Rapp . . . is a gifted storyteller. He makes demands on his audience, and he rewards its close attention with depth and elegance.” —John Lahr, The New Yorker on Adam Rapp

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780865479241
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/13/2010
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
1,147,516
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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Metal Children, The

ACT I

CHARACTERS

TOBIN FALMOUTH, a novelist in his late thirties, disheveled, adrift

 

BRUNO BINELLI, a feisty gay Italian-American book agent, mid-forties

 

KONG, a teenage male pot dealer; a skater punk homeboy

 

LYNNE, a woman of fifty who likes to party; tired

 

EDITH DUNDEE, a woman in her fifties who runs a roadside motel; sweet

 

STACEY KINSELLA, a progressive high school English teacher in his mid-thirties, at once fearless and terrified

 

VERA DUNDEE, a young woman of sixteen; a precocious visionary

 

COOPER, a young woman of sixteen; Vera's second-in-command

 

BOY IN PORKY PIG MASK, a teenage boy; a bully

 

OTTO HURLEY, a civic leader with a big booming voice, fifties

 

TAMI LAKE, a young Christian woman of sixteen, God-fearing

 

ROBERTA CUPP, a community leader of the Christian right, mid-forties; a widow

 

NURSE, a young woman with a firm bedside manner

 

BOY X, a high school freshman with an unusually high sperm count; eager to please

Copyright © 2010 by Adam Rapp

Meet the Author

Adam Rapp is the author of numerous plays, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Red Light Winter, and the novel The Year of Endless Sorrows (FSG, 2006). In 2005, his young adult novel The Buffalo Tree was censored by a school board in Reading, Pennsylvania.

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The Metal Children 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
bugeyemonster More than 1 year ago
Had to read this for a class. Caused some interesting discussion about raising children with a bunch of kids that are children themselves. Anyway the play was complete tripe. Cliche and simple. The only redeeming factor is it was mercifully short.
veronicajoy More than 1 year ago
Adam Rapp's The Metal Children is absolutely brilliant! It is a wonderful portrayl of the controversies surrounding censorship, genre, and writer/reader responsibilities. Rapp writes with a flow that swims from one beat to the next, allowing the reader to effortlessly move throughout the pages. I want to see it a hundred times and read it a thousand more!