Cover photo by Joan Marcus

Regular Singing

Richard Nelson
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REGULAR SINGING is the fourth play in The Apple Family tetralogy:

All four titles may be purchased as a bundle at 20% off the regular price: THE APPLE FAMILY: SCENES FROM LIFE IN THE COUNTRY


Unfolding on the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination, REGULAR SINGING is the final play in Richard Nelson’s series chronicling the lives and times of the Apple family in upstate New York.

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (3 female, 3 male)
Full Length Drama (about 120 minutes)
Single Set
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“To my knowledge, no previous works of theater have been topical in the resonant and specific ways as the Apple Family plays. REGULAR SINGING, the fourth and final installment of Richard Nelson’s wonderful, sui generis Apple Family plays, this deeply intimate drama is about how we remember our living and our dead … A rare and radiant mirror of the way we live — and fail to live — now.” —Ben Brantley, New York Times

“After a holiday weekend, it is natural to miss the family. But the family I’m missing now is named Apple and lives up the Hudson in Rhinebeck. These are the six people with whom I spent intimate, deeply moving and satisfying evenings. The Apple Family: Scenes from Life in the Country [is] an extraordinary four-play cycle … one of the major American plays of our time.” —Linda Winer, Newsday

“Smart and funny, moving and touching, honest and thoughtful … The fantastic fourth and final installment in Mr Nelson’s Apple Family plays.” —Jesse Oxfeld, New York Observer

“An extraordinary achievement … A quietly devastating look at final things, and the last word in the unmatched power of stage naturalism.” —Jesse Green, New York Magazine

“… bids farewell to the clan we have come to know with almost unbearable intimacy throughout four plays … These plays approach the question of how we live now with an immediate, nearly pointillist specificity.” —Alexis Soloski, The Village Voice

“This intensely naturalistic drama consists of hushed, emotionally resonant conversations about matter personal and political, amid laughter, tears, food and drink … [These plays] are civilized ways for an audience (leaning in, listening close) to form a temporary clan with some lovingly rendered fictional creations. It’s good to be home.” —David Cote, Time Out New York

About the Author


  • Richard Nelson

    Richard Nelson's plays include the four-play series, THE APPLE FAMILY (THAT HOPEY CHANGEY THING, SWEET AND SAD, SORRY, REGULAR SINGING (Nominated for Outstanding Play in Drama Desk Awards 2014; Public Theater, 2010 – 2013), NIKOLAI AND THE OTHERS (Lincoln Center Theater, 2013), FAREWELL TO THE THEATRE (Hampstead Theatre, 2012), HOW SHAKESPEARE WON THE WEST, (Huntington Theater, 2008), CONVERSATIONS AT TUSCULUM (Public Theater, 2008), FRANK'S HOME (Goodman Chicago, Playwrights Horizons, 2007), RODNEY'S WIFE (Playwrights Horizons, 2004), WHERE I COME FROM (National Theatre Connections), MADAME MELVILLE (which ran in the West End starring Macaulay Culkin and Irene Jacob and opened in May 2001 Off-Broadway); GOODNIGHT CHILDREN EVERYWHERE (winner of Olivier Award for Best New Play, 2000), KENNETH'S FIRST PLAY (with Colin Chambers, RSC), THE GENERAL FROM AMERICA (at the RSC and the Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York), NEW ENGLAND (RSC and Manhattan Theater Club), MISHA'S PARTY (with Alexander Gelman, RSC and Williamstown Theater Festival), TWO SHAKESPEAREAN ACTORS (Tony nomination for Best Play, RSC and Broadway), COLUMBUS AND THE DISCOVERY OF JAPAN (RSC Barbican), SOME AMERICANS ABROAD (Olivier nomination, Best Comedy; RSC, Lincoln Center and Broadway), LEFT, BETWEEN EAST AND WEST (Hampstead), PRINCIPIA SCRIPTORAE (winner of Time Out Award, RSC and Manhattan Theater Club), THE RETURN OF PINOCCHIO, AN AMERICAN COMEDY, BAL, CONJURING AN EVENT, RIP VAN WINKLE, JUNGLE COUP, THE KILLING OF YABLONSKI, THE VIENNA NOTES (Obie Award). His musicals include JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD (starring Christopher Walken and Blair Brown; Playwrights Horizons, Belasco Theatre, Broadway, Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, Kennedy Center, Washington; for which he received a Tony Award in 2000 for Best Musical Book), CHESS (the book for the Broadway musical), PARADISE FOUND (dir: Harold Prince and Susan Strohman), MY LIFE WITH ALBERTINE (with Ricky Ian Gordon; Playwrights Horizons), UNFINISHED PIECE FOR A PLAYER PIANO (with Peter Golub). His translations and adaptations include TYNAN starring Corin Redgrave (with Colin Chambers, RSC and West End), LOLITA with Brian Cox (National), Molnar's THE GUARDSMAN (Kennedy Center), Carriere's THE CONTROVERSY (Public Theater), Fo's ACCIDENTAL DEATH OF AN ANARCHIST (Broadway), Strindberg's THE FATHER with Frank Langella (Broadway) and MISS JULIE (Yale Rep), Beaumarchais' THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO (the Guthrie and Broadway); Molière's DON JUAN, Ibsen's WILD DUCK and ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, Pirandello's ENRICO IV, Goldoni's IL CAMPIELLO, Erdmann's THE SUICIDE. With the esteemed translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, he was co-translated Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD, Gogol's THE INSPECTOR, Turgenev's A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY and Bulgakov's DON QUIXOTE. Films: Hyde Park on Hudson, staring Bill Murray and Laura Linney (Dir: Roger Michell), Ethan Frome, starring Liam Neeson (Dir: John Madden); Sensibility and Sense, staring Elaine Stritch and Jean Simmons (Dir: David Jones). Television: The End of a Sentence with Edward Herrmann (Dir: David Jones). Radio Plays include: HYDE PARK ON HUDSON, LANGUAGES SPOKEN HERE (Giles Cooper Award), EATING WORDS (Giles Cooper Award), ADVICE TO EASTERN EUROPE, AN AMERICAN WIFE (all BBC).

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 2/28/2014
Pages 96
ISBN 9780881455885

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:

REGULAR SINGING was commissioned by The Public Theater,
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director and Patrick Willingham, Executive Director
and received its World Premiere there on November 22, 2013

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


Upcoming and Recent Productions


5/4/2017 – 6/5/2017
Cape Cod Repertory Theatre Co., Inc.
Brewster, MA