Piese de David Rabe

A Question of Mercy: Based upon the Journal by Richard Selzer
Explores the controversial and emotional issue of euthanasia, delving deep into the ties that bind friends and lovers.
An Early History of Fire
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.
Casualties of War
The story is presented as a flashback of Max Eriksson, a Vietnam veteran.
Good for Otto
Dr. Michaels and fellow counselor Evangeline counsel six patients at a rural mental health center.
Goose and Tomtom
Explores the struggle between hope and anguish in the human spirit in this story of two small-time jewel thieves united in a strangely unsettling friendship and the constant fight to prove to themselves and others how tough they are.
About the intersecting lives of several low-to-mid-level Hollywood players in the 1980s. Fueled by large quantities of drugs, they attempt to find meaning in their isolated, empty lives.
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can
Barbara has a successful career in a male-dominated industry and a solid relationship with her live-in lover, attorney Derek Bauer. Beneath her facade is a high-strung personality who heavily relies on sedatives to reduce tension and anxiety and maintain a composed exterior for her friends and associates. Her current project focuses on cancer patient Jean Scott Martin and her husband Ben and how the couple is coping as the disease progresses.
In the Boom Boom Room
Chrissy comes at Philadelphia with the dream of becoming a successful dancer. Desperation leads her to a job at a sleazy nightclub called Big Tom's Boom Boom Room. While working at the nightclub, she explores love and sex with a variety of unsuitable partners of both genders and forms a friendship with a gay neighbor.
State of Grace
Terry Noonan returns to Hell's Kitchen in New York City after a long absence, where his unpredictable childhood friend Jackie Flannery is involved in an Irish crime organization run by his older brother Frank. Terry also rekindles an old relationship with Jackie's sister Kathleen. Terry is actually working as an undercover cop, and confesses it to Kathleen, who is reluctant to have anything to do with him after being told by her brother Frank that he is now a member of his gang for killing two people, although he explains it was staged with his undercover boss Nick, firing only blanks.
Sticks and Bones
About David, a blind Vietnam War veteran who finds himself unable to come to terms with his actions on the battlefield and alienated from his family because they neither can accept his disability nor understand his wartime experience.
About Vietnam War. Tt focuses on the interactions and personal conflicts of a group of soldiers preparing to ship out to fight in the Southeast Asian conflict in 1965. Among them are middle class African American Roger, upper class Manhattanite Richie, who is struggling with his sexual orientation, conservative Wisconsin country boy Billy, and fearful loose cannon Carlyle, a streetwise black.
The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel
About Vietnam War, The play is focused on scenes depicting the death of the everyman-like title character, who mindlessly grabs at a live hand grenade tossed into the Saigon brothel he is visiting. A born loser who is drafted into the United States Army, Hummel immediately encounters difficulties with both his sergeants and fellow recruits, none of whom trust him. As he stumbles through basic training and comes ever closer to the battlefield, he is guided by Ardell, a mysteriously ambiguous character who seemingly is an officer but serves as Hummel's conscience and a Greek chorus–like figure as well. Although injured repeatedly, Hummel is so determined to be a soldier he passes up a chance to go home, a decision that ultimately proves fatal.
The Black Monk
Based on Chekov's novella of the same name, Rabe's brilliant stage adaptation tells the story of Kovrin, the young philosophy student who returns from Moscow to the estate owned by Pesotsky, where he spent his youth. Kovrin and Pesotsky's daughter, Tanya, soon fall in love and plan to marry. But the appearance of an emissary from the unknown - the black monk - threatens to have a devastating effect on all of them.
The Crossing
Eight years ago, Mary and Freddy Gale's young daughter was killed by a drunk driver on her way home from school. The driver, a young man named John Booth, was sentenced to eight years in prison. Unable to absolve their own guilt, the Gale's marriage dissolves and Mary takes their two remaining children away from Freddy.
The Dog Problem
The Firm
Mitch is a young man with a promising future as a lawyer. He and his wife move to Memphis. One of the firm's senior partners, becomes his mentor. Seduced by the money and perks showered on him, including a house and car, he is at first totally oblivious to the more sinister side of his new employer, although Abby has her suspicions due to the Firm's desire for stability in the family.
The Orphan
A retelling of the Oresteia. Agamemnon, Clytemnestra, sex, drugs and the murderous Manson family collide in this comical but deeply disturbing look into our relationship with our mothers, fathers, and the nature of violence.
Those The River Keeps
Susie is almost 33 and is so desperate to have a baby that she has taken to putting disposable diapers on her teddy bear. Susie is the second wife of middle-aged Phil, an ex-con now going straight as a bit actor in television.
Visiting Edna
Edna is in her late 70s and feels just fine, except she also has an apparently untreatable form of cancer. She lives alone in the Midwest — her husband died years ago and her kids and grandkids live on the East coast. Her grown son Andrew comes for a visit, spending time with his mother as an extension to a work trip, well aware that it may well be the last days they have together, no matter how robust she appears on the surface.

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David Rabe s-a nascut la data de 10 martie 1940 in Dubuque -Iowa, SUA.

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