The Rakes Trilogy
A series of plays, inspired by J.D. Salinger’s Glass family, following a trio of white liberal brothers through the Obama Administration.
The Rakes Trilogy follows the orphaned brothers (Augustus, Andrew & Paul) from May 2007-November 2016. The Rakes: an Introduction, told by Gus as he and Andrew prepare for Paul's elopement with the girl he saved in the Virginia Tech massacre, deals with the unseen consequences of surviving one of the deadliest shootings in U.S. history. The Rakes Progress, told by Paul, occurs during Christmas 2011 when the Rake brothers have reassembled to reanimate the family tree in this story of addiction, decaying liberal values and crippling devotions to the dead. In The Rakes Die, told by Andrew, another mass shooting and a fateful plane ride, forces the Rake brothers to confront a secret history, question their fraternity, and ultimately face their mortality as the trilogy finally comes to an end.
The Rakes: an Introduction (2012), The Rakes Progress (2014), and The Rakes Die (2016), was developed and first presented in three apartments in New York City.