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Joyce Carol Oates has received acclaim from literary audiences for decades. In these two one-act plays she demonstrates her talent as a playwright. Performed by a full cast, these plays are produced by L.A. Theatre Works. Starring Edward Asner, Stephanie Dunnam, and more, both plays concern the trials and tribulation of contemporary Americans in a fast-changing world. Filled with biting political commentary and dark absurdism, these plays are a must for any fan of one-acts. Stephanie Dunnam's voice in particular shines in these short plays; it's clear why she has had such success on stage.

Summary

Gulf War and Black are two one-act plays by acclaimed American author Joyce Carol Oates.

Gulf War: An affluent young couple entertains an older couple for an evening of cocktails and politics during the Gulf War. But as the evening continues, the conversation take a bizarre and absurd tone.

Black: In this evening of cocktails and dinner, a couple anxiously awaits the arrival of an ex-husband. As the wine glass are drained, the evening becomes dark and intense, revealing the true colors of the characters in this eerie love triangle.

This full cast production stars: Edward Asner, Stephanie Dunnam, Rif Hutton, Nan Martin, and Joe Spano.

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