|Never Nothin' Again No More|
|Author||KNOTTS, Robert Spencer - Other Plays by this Author - Contact Author|
|Synopsis||This is a gritty, hard-hitting American play about teen suicide, a piece considered unique among plays on this topic and suitable for both youths and adults. It is set very much among the current youth and hip-hop cultures and will translate well for British audiences.
The unique concept for this play involves a fantasy character called the Rapmaster, who attempts to entice the two male characters to commit suicide. The Rapmaster’s arguments express the tunnel-vision feelings that pull these characters toward self-destruction, the kind of rationalizations and distorted arguments anyone considering suicide might experience in their heads. In effect, the audience sees directly into the minds of two people considering suicide. |
|Cast||2M, 3F (minimum 4)|
Joli (about 17, tough) -- Francisco (about 17, sensitive, artistic) -- TT (beautiful, brilliant girl of about 17) ---Rapmaster (female, any age) -- Piano teacher and two mothers (Should look maternal)
|Production||Set requirements are minimal... Could be as little as a couple of chairs and a stairway. |
|Status||Available for performance|
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|Robert Spencer Knotts|
Robert Spencer Knotts is an award-winning writer who has worked successfully in virtually every major area of his field.
A member of both the Dramatists Guild of America and the Authors Guild, Knotts was elected during 2001 to the distinguished international writers group, PEN -- an acronym for “Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists, Novelists.” He is among only 100,000 Americans whose biographies were selected for the Marquis “Who’s Who in America,” the definitive prominent-person reference work. And his bio is included in the still more exclusive Marquis “Who’s Who in the World.” Knotts’ poem entitled, "September 11, 2001," has been chosen for inclusion in the massive 9/11 sculpture under creation in Greensboro, North Carolina, a nationally recognized project built with girders from the World Trade Center.
Knotts has published 24 books -- with 23 of these for juvenile readers, including ten novels. His first novel for adults, “Hard News,” was published in late 2001. The publishers of Knotts’ books include Domhan Books, Children’s Press, Heinemann Library, Paradise Press, Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers and Sports Illustrated for Kids.
In addition, the Coconut Grove Playhouse, Miami’s largest professional theater, commissioned a play from Knotts about teen suicide. The play, “Never Nothin’ Again No More,” was produced successfully at the playhouse and toured with a professional company for four months during 2001.
Knotts also writes regularly for major magazines, publications that have included Sports Illustrated, USA Weekend, Cigar Aficionado, Travel & Leisure, The New York Times and Reader's Digest. He was for several years a contributing editor at Newsweek’s travel magazine, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel.
He has just completed two more plays, one of them under active consideration for an Off Broadway production in New York City.