The three Rake brothers scramble to prepare for the youngest’s whirlwind wedding to the girl he saved a month before in the Virginia Tech massacre.
Written by Stan Richardson, directed by Ben Vershbow, co-produced by Meg Stemmler, with: Kelley Curran, Caitrin Kelly, Meg McQuillan, Kieran Mulcare, Stan Richardson, Matt Steiner & Ben Vershbow
The Rakes: an Introduction was the third apartment play by The Representatives, hosted by Jason Hill in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in December 2012, and the first in a trilogy about The Rakes brothers. The play, narrated by Augustus Rake, a morbidly nostalgic writer, was inspired by, among other things, J.D. Salinger’s Glass family and the 2007 Virginia Tech Massacre, considered the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history.
“Sure. Uncle Vanya is a Russian play by Anton Chekov from 1897, I think.
The Armenian Genocide happened during World War I, it was the first modern genocide; the Holocaust was the sequel.
Rolfing is a violent form of massage. Mole People live in the subways. Broccoli Raab—not R-o-b—
is a miniature version of its namesake that’s bitter and expensive, but everybody pretends they like it.
Snowclones are cliché templates like ‘Eskimos have 36 words for snow, but we only have 3 words for Eskimo.’
Jeff Stryker is a porn star. Annie Sprinkle is a porn star. Robyn Bird is
a cable news journalist. Nag Hammadi is where they dug up the Gnostic Gospels. And Craigslist
is where you go to look for, um, apartments.”
(Photos by Dorit Avganim)
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