Red Light Winter

Adam Rapp
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“It’s totally familiar but dreamlike at the same time,” observes one American of Amsterdam’s notorious Red Light District in the stunning work from Adam Rapp. Escaping their lives in Manhattan, former college buddies Matt and Davis take off to the Netherlands and find themselves thrown into a bizarre love triangle with a beautiful young prostitute named Christina. But the romance they find in Europe is eventually overshadowed by the truth they discover at home. Written with an unflinching poetic beauty, RED LIGHT WINTER is a play of sexual intrigue that explores the myriad and misguided ways we seek to fill the empty spaces inside us.

Production Info

Cast: 3 total (1 female, 2 male)
Full Length Drama (about 120 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes

Press Quotes

“Riveting … a clever portrait of sexual obsession that never quite shows its hand … With one foot in the buddy comedy of Sideways and another in the macho diabolism of Neil LaBute … for sure, this will be Rapp’s deserved breakthrough play …” —Chris Jones, Variety

“Spellbinding and haunting.” —Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“An arresting study in melancholic triangulation and obsessions dashed … Shrewd about the way certain male friendships exist on the knife edge of disaster.” —Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

About the Author


  • Adam Rapp

    Adam Rapp has been the recipient of the Herbert & Patricia Brodkin scholarship, two Lincoln Center Le Compte De Nuoy Awards, a fellowship to the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France, the 1999 Princess Grace Award for Playwriting, a 2000 Roger L. Stevens Award from The Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, a 2000 suite residency with Mabou Mines, the 2001 Helen Merrill Award for Emerging Playwrights, Boston's Elliot Norton Award and was short-listed for the 2003 William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. His plays include NOCTURNE (A.R.T., Off-Broadway at NYTW), GHOSTS IN THE COTTONWOODS (Victory Gardens; The Arcola, London), ANIMALS AND PLANTS (A.R.T.), BLACKBIRD (The Bush, London; Pittsburgh City Theatre; Off-Broadway with Edge Theater), STONE COLD DEAD SERIOUS (A.R.T., Off-Broadway with Edge Theater), FINER NOBLE GASES (26th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays, Off-Broadway at Rattlestick), FASTER (Off-Broadway at Rattlestick), TRUEBLINKA (Off-Broadway at the Maverick Theater), DREAMS OF THE SALTHORSE (Encore, S.F.) and GOMPERS (Pittsburgh City Theatre; The Arcola, London). His first anthology of plays, Plays by Adam Rapp, is published by Broadway Play Publishing. His new collection of plays, Stone Cold Dead Serious: And Other Plays, is available in a trade edition by Faber & Faber. His first feature film was Winter Passing, starring Ed Harris, Will Ferrell, and Zooey Deschanel, which he wrote and directed for Stratus Films. He is the author of the young adult novels Missing the Piano (Viking/HarperCollins), The Buffalo Tree (Front Street/HarperCollins), The Copper Elephant (Front Street/HarperCollins), Little Chicago (Front Street), 33 Snowfish (Candlewick Press) and Under the Wolf, Under the Dog (Candlewick Press), for which he was recently short-listed for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Recent directing credits include his plays TRAIN STORY at The Cherry Lane and the Off-Broadway premiere of BLACKBIRD, which was nominated for two Drama Desk awards. Projects include the graphic novel Decelerate Blue for the new imprint First Second, the adult novel The Year of Endless Sorrows, published by Farrar Strauss & Giroux, and his play ESSENTIAL SELF-DEFENSE. A graduate of Clarke College in Dubuque, IA, Rapp also completed a two-year playwriting fellowship at Juilliard. He currently lives in New York City where he is the resident playwright for Edge Theater Company. He was born in Chicago and raised in Joliet.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 10/10/2017
Pages 92
ISBN 9780881457087

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Premiered at the Steppenwolf Theatre, Chicago
New York premiere at the Barrow Street Theatre

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
Red Light Winter is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


5/15/2018 – 5/19/2018
13th Street Repertory Theater
New York, NY

11/17/2017 – 11/26/2017
Vagrant Players Theatre Company
Vancouver, BC, Canada


9/20/2024 – 9/29/2024
Los Angeles, CA

2/15/2023 – 2/19/2023
Radford University
Radford, VA

7/7/2022 – 7/10/2022
Theatrelab NYC
New York, NY

9/24/2021 – 10/2/2021
The Turbine Theatre
London, UK, United Kingdom

7/24/2020 – 7/24/2020
Play Reading Fridays
Brooklyn, NY

4/24/2020 – 4/26/2020
Penn State Berks
Reading, PA

10/18/2019 – 11/23/2019
The Raven Theater
North Hollywood, CA

2/28/2019 – 3/10/2019
The Bard's Town Theatre
Louisville, KY

11/17/2017 – 11/18/2017
Santa Fe University Of Art And Design
Santa Fe, NM

10/29/2017 – 10/29/2017
Bke Productions
Los Angeles, CA

10/6/2017 – 10/29/2017
The Bridge Production Group
New York, NY

5/1/2016 – 5/3/2016
Boston University School Of Theatre
Boston, MA