The Craft: Adam Rapp
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Q Once you have an idea, how do you proceed? Do you take notes? Do you outline? Do you plunge right in?

A If it’s an idea that really grabs me, meaning I can’t stop thinking about it for a few days, then I plunge right in, at the expense of everything in my life (laundry, lunch dates, etc.). I’ll usually have a scattering of notes here and there, a few moments that might be very clumsily jotted down, and then I go headlong into it. It’s generally very sloppy at first, and then I go back to the beginning with each session and refine and rework stuff. I keep working that way, from page one every time, until I have a draft.

Q Do you have a routine? A regular time when you write?

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Adam Rapp
Adam Rapp

is an award-winning playwright and director. He is the author of numerous plays including The Sound Inside currently on Broadway, NocturneFaster, Animals & Plants, Finer Noble GasesStone Cold Dead Serious, Blackbird, GompersEssential Self-Defense, American Sligo, Bingo With The IndiansKindness, The Metal ChildrenThe Hallway Trilogy, The Edge Of Our BodiesDreams Of Flying Dreams Of FallingWolf In The River, The Purple Lights Of Joppa Illinois, and Red Light Winter, for which he won Chicago’s Jeff Award for Best New Work, an OBIE, and was named a finalist for the 2006 Pulitzer Prize. His playwriting honors include Boston’s Elliot Norton Award, the Helen Merrill Prize, the 2006 Princess Grace Statue, a Lucille Lorte Playwright’s Fellowship, the Benjamin H. Danks Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN/Laura Pels International Foundation Award.