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Publisher's Summary

A mother-daughter relationship faces a harrowing test in Eric Micha Holmes’s masterfully crafted thriller Rapture Season. When Mia mysteriously disappears from her college campus, her mother Joyce fears the worst — and a warning from Mia’s ex-boyfriend reveals she may have left the country to join a cult. Joyce impulsively launches a cross-continental trip to rescue her, gradually learning more about the seductive cult leader via audio tapes her daughter left behind. Rapture Season is a truly engrossing and hypnotic experience, offering a bracing examination of race, identity, radical ideology, and the resilience of familial bonds.   

Directed by Megan Sandberg Zakian.  

Playwright Eric Micha Holmes was awarded a commission through the Audible Emerging Playwrights Fund, an initiative dedicated to developing innovative original plays driven by language and voice. As an Audible commissioned playwright, he received funding and creative support to develop Rapture Season.  

Please note this audiobook contains strong language. Listener discretion is advised.

©2021 Eric Micha Holmes (P)2021 AO Media LLC

About the Playwright

A playwright and radio dramatist whose work has been heard on the BBC (Care Inc.) and seen at The National Black Theatre (Mondo Tragic), The New Black Fest and MCC Theatre (Pornplay; or, Blessèd Are The Meek), New York Theatre Workshop (Nimpsey Pink), and The Lark Play Development Center (Jackets In May) among others. Residencies and fellowships include The Dramatist Guild Fellowship, Space At Ryder Farm, 'I Am Soul' Playwright's Residency at The National Black Theatre, LaGuardia Performing Arts Playwriting Lab, City Theatre Company, and more. MFA: University of Iowa.

About the Director

Megan Sandberg-Zakian is a freelance theater director based in Jamaica Plain, MA, and a co-founder of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. Her directing projects include the world premieres of Nathan Alan Davis's Nat Turner in Jerusalem at New York Theatre Workshop, Eleanor Burgess' Chill at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and Madhuri Shekar’s House of Joy at California Shakespeare Theater. She has previously served as the Associate Artistic Director of Underground Railway Theater (Cambridge, MA), the Providence Black Repertory Company (RI), and The 52nd Street Project (NYC), and, most recently, as Director-in-Residence at Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, MA. Megan is a recipient of the Princess Grace Theater Award and the TCG Future Leaders fellowship, an alumna of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and a proud member of SDC, the national union for stage directors and choreographers. She is a graduate of Brown University and holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College.

About the Performer

Broadway and Off-Broadway credits include Three Sisters, The Library, Mourning Becomes Electra, Aunt Dan and Lemon, Landscape of the Body, Dead Eye Boy, Avenue Boys, What Did He See, Farmhouse/Whorehouse. Television credits include The X-Files, Six Feet Under, American Crime and most recently HBO’s Perry Mason. Upcoming in television: Outer Range for Amazon. Film credits: Mystic Pizza, Say Anything, Dogfight, Arizona Dream, Born on the Fourth of July, Household Saints, Shortcuts, Prêt-à-Porter, Cold Fever, The Addiction, I Shot Andy Warhol, Girls Town, Ransom, The Haunting, The Imposters, Julie Johnson, A Slipping-Down Life, Factotum, The Notorious Bettie Page, Public Enemies, Brooklyn’s Finest, The Conjuring, Blood Ties, A Woman Like Me, To The Bone, Paper Spiders, The Evening Hour. Upcoming in film: The Winter House.

About the Performer

Broadway: The River. Off Broadway: Life Sucks (Theatre Row); This Is How It Ends (59E59); Much Ado About Nothing Mobile Unit (The Public). Regional: The Tempest (Pittsburg Public); Romeo and Juliet (Dallas Theater Center); The Tempest (Pittsburgh Public); Office Hour (Berkeley Rep and Long Wharf); The Originalist (Arena Stage); Twelfth Night (Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival); Vanya, Sonia, Masha and Spike (Baltimore Center Stage). TV: Broad City, New Amsterdam, and Law & Order SVU. Training: Juilliard.

About the Performer

Peter Francis James has recorded more than 75 books, as well as numerous games (Dr. Steinman in Bioshock). Broadway appearances include Hillary and Clinton, Present Laughter, The Merchant of Venice, On Golden Pond, Drowning Crow, and Judgment at Nuremberg. The Public: Stuff Happens (OBIE and Lucille Lortel Awards), Much Ado, Venus, Horatio in Kevin Kline’s Hamlet, Long Day’s Journey... CSC: The Maids (OBIE Award). Signature Theater: The Lady From Dubuque (Lortel Nomination). U.K: The Lady From Dubuque (with Maggie Smith), Cymbeline (RSC /TFANA). Film: The Humbling, Song One, The Losers, The Rebound, The Messenger. TV: Godfather of Harlem, Bull, The Code, Boardwalk Empire, The Mysteries of Laura, Oz, Royal Pains, Gossip Girl, Kings, The Rosa Parks Story, Simple Justice, The Ruby Bridges Story, and all three *Law & Order series. He is a graduate of RADA, and taught Shakespeare at Yale School of Drama from 2000-2020.

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Suspenseful Story

I am captivated by the stories that Eric Micha Holmes creates. Last year, I heard a short play by him called Mondo Tragic. It was so compelling that I listened to it twice, wishing for more of the story. I felt the same with Rapture Season. I listened to it the first time while driving home in the dark of winter after spending a day with two of my sons. Rapture Season is about a mother searching for her daughter. She's driving during most of the story. I felt eerily connected. It can be hard to know your role in the lives of your young adult children, how involved they want you to be. Should you reach out? Let them be? Bug them when you haven't heard from them in a while? In Rapture Season, the mother finds out that her daughter is involved in a cult following of one of her professors. She follows her instincts and tracks down her daughter. This is a story that you'll want to listen to in one sitting, maybe while driving, and imagine all the emotions wrapped up in this relationship and rescue mission.

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Loooove Lili Taylor

Her voice is so unique and listenable, and this story about a prickly but dedicated mom is perfect for her. Also love the music and sound in this story, adds to both the suspense and emotion. This was a great listen.

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Outstanding!

What a great story and performance! Rapture Season will keep you on the edge of your seat, or in my case, because I listen as I walk, the edge of your shoes!

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Rich Listening Experience

This was my first time listening to a play and I loved it! The mother's rant with which we are all familiar in opposition to the almost dreamlike exchanges in which few words are spoken felt real. Were they just missing each other or in so deep the truth was in their bones? Left me wanting more.

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Loved it!

I loved this story and how it was told. The overlap of mom and Mia’s perspectives was so well done. I rarely get lost in anything audio but the two hours completely disappeared and I did nothing else during that time.

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Fantastic writing matched by riveting performances

Felt transported and transfixed, creeping to the edge of my seat and then staying there. The story goes in satisfying but also surprising directions. The performers really breathed life into the characters. Loved it!

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Great short story!

I enjoyed the narration and the theme. I look forward to reading more from this author.

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Excellent story!

An excellent story, exceptionally told. I was enraptured from beginning to end. I only wish there were more episodes!

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Captivating,

The story and narration are a wonderfully melded piece of art. Thank you. Thank you.

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Excellent!

Get this audible book ASAP or you’ll be missing the best part of your day! The writer is gifted, like if I was going to write a book I’d want to write like this! The narration was so dang good, I’m not sure I’ve heard better from a group of narrators like this! The storyline was great, I knew it was a short story and I found myself looking at the minutes left thinking I want more! But the ending was so satisfying and complete that more, in this case, would have been so wrong! 100% recommend, spend the credit!

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  • 12-03-21

Well crafted production of chilling story

This stylish short story is a psychological drama mystery that is very well produced and acted. Three voices inter-twine across a backdrop of sound effects to evoke a glacial world of the frozen tundra where we hear the tale of a mother desperately in search of her lost daughter. This is chilling in more ways that one.

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A full five stars on all counts

Intricately and delicately written, beautifully performed; the book is well researched and the pacing and plot structure are bang on.

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  • 12-19-21

rapture season

this was a great short story to listen too,captured my attention from the very start.