Eight highly diverse works from one of America's most prolific and versatile authors, this collection includes an exclusive dramatization of Oates' bestselling novel American Appetites, two comedic plays The Perfectionist and The Truth Teller, four short stories Gulf War, Black, The Key and Tone Clusters, as well as her libretto for Black Water: An American Opera, composed by John Duffy.
The façade of an affluent suburban couple crumbles under the weight of tragedy and scandal in this exclusive dramatization of Joyce Carol Oates' best-selling novel. An L.A. Theatre Works full-casts performance featuring: Lisa Akey, Keith Carradine, Alastair Duncan, Paul Eiding, Anna Gunn, Dan Lauria, Jean Louisa Kelly, Frank Muller, B.J. Ward, Elizabeth Ward Land, Liza Weil and Tegan West.
The Truth Teller
Joyce Carol Oates' hilarious take-off on a classic Southern play begins when liberated Hedda arrives home to visit the family estate, ruled by the family's tyrannical patriarch, "Tiny" Culligan. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cats performance featuring: Charles Durning, Arthur Hanket, Gary Kroeger, Marsha Mason, Priscilla Pointer, William Schallert and JoBeth Williams.
Joyce Carol Oates turns her satiric eye to Tobias Harte, a man obsessed with perfection in everything from ethics to egg salad. Rollicking comedy ensues as Harte struggles with his highly imperfect family and friends. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cats performance featuring: Barbara Bosson, Annabeth Gish, Harold Gould, Valerie Landsburg, David Schwimmer and David Selby.
Black (one-act play)
In this evening of cocktails and dinner, a couple anxiously awaits the arrival of an ex-husband. As the wine glasses are drained, the evening becomes dark and intense, revealing the true colors of the characters in this eerie love triangle. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cats performance featuring: Stephanie Dunnam, Rif Hutton and Joe Spano.
Gulf War (one-act play)
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. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cats performance featuring: Edward Asner, Stephanie Dunnam, Nan Martin and Joe Spano.
The Key (one-act play)
A hilarious perverse encounter between Melissa, a vacationing suburban housewife, recently separated from her husband, and Edwin, a prosperous businessman. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cats performance featuring: Edward Asner, Hector Elizondo, Don Reed, Joyce Van Patten and JoBeth Williams.
Tone Clusters (one-act play)
A chilling tragic-comedy that takes the form of an interview between a middle-aged, middle-class American couple and the media. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cats performance featuring: Edward Asner, Hector Elizondo, Don Reed, Joyce Van Patten and JoBeth Williams.
Black Water: An American Opera
A tragic and beautiful opera based on the Chappaquiddick scandal. Libretto by Joyce Carol Oates, with music by John Duffy. An L.A. Theatre Works full-cats performance featuring: David Lee Brewer, Reid Bruton, Stephanie Buckley, Karen Burlingame, Kimberly Graham, Linda Kerns, Erin Langston, Patrick Mason, John Savarese and Rob Shacklett.