The Metal Children: A Play

The Metal Children: A Play

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780865479241
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/13/2010
Edition description: Original
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,203,737
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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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Metal Children, The



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

Table of Contents


Table of Contents,
Title Page,
Act I,
Scene 1,
Scene 2,
Scene 3,
Act II,
Scene 1,
Scene 2,
Scene 3,
Scene 4,
Scene 5,
Other Works by Adam Rapp,
Adam Rapp - The Metal Children,
Praise For the Plays of Adam Rapp,
Copyright Page,

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