In Rehearsal With Adam Rapp's The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois
Adam Rapp's The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois is currently in rehearsals for its New York premiere at Atlantic Theater Company. Rapp also directs the production, which begins previews at Atlantic Stage 2 on May 25 and opens on June 7, with a run that will continue through June 19.
The four-member company will include William Apps (Wolf in the River), Connor Barrett (Finer Noble Gases), Susan Heyward (A Trip to Bountiful), and Katherine Reis (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Rapp's play is described as follows: "Ellis Shook (Apps) 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." It was commissioned by South Coast Repertory, where it premiered in 2014.
The Purple Lights of Joppa Illinois will feature scenic design by Andromache Chalfant, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Keith Parham, and sound design by Christian Frederickson.