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Twelve Plays
     

Twelve Plays

by Joyce Carol Oates
 

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Only a select number of authors have been able to master the art of writing both fiction and drama. This superb collection of twelve plays is exciting evidence that Ms. Oates ranks among that select number. All of the works in this collection are recent, and most have been performed since 1990.

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Only a select number of authors have been able to master the art of writing both fiction and drama. This superb collection of twelve plays is exciting evidence that Ms. Oates ranks among that select number. All of the works in this collection are recent, and most have been performed since 1990.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Oates again displays her amazing versatility with these emotionally charged, powerful plays. Contemporary themes jar the audience out of complacency. ``Greensleeves'' portrays a girl's grief after her friend dies of AIDS. ``Ballad of Love Canal'' shows the effects of toxic waste on one family. Feminism is the theme in ``I Stand Before You Naked,'' a collage play in which 12 different women expose their souls to the audience. Many of the plays involve the difficulties of relationships. In ``Black,'' a man, his ex-wife, and her new black lover form a strange triangle. Visual and sound effects are strikingly used. In ``Tone Clusters,'' the amplified voice actually becomes a character in the play. ``The Eclipse'' is dominated by a shadow falling across the stage. Many of the plays are experimental and surreal. All have strong characterizations and are meant to be performed before an audience. A good purchase for libraries with community theater groups.-- Stephanie Furtsch, New Rochelle P.L., N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780452267015
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/1991
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 5.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Hometown:
Princeton, New Jersey
Date of Birth:
June 16, 1938
Place of Birth:
Lockport, New York
Education:
B.A., Syracuse University, 1960; M.A., University of Wisconsin, 1961

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