in the lounge Gershwin Live: Dark Joy Featuring Robert A.B. Sawyer
About This Show
A staged reading of one-act play Dark Joy. A work described as possessing the claustrophobia of No Exit and the ugly antics of Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf. Dark Joy is a two-character verbal slugfest that pits clever husband against quick-witted wife, and sets cunning wife on droll husband. The verbal volleys are passed back and forth between a couple who both love and despise each other. Each is caught in a bind in which it is only possible to reach the other by getting under the other’s skin.
about the artist
A.B. Sawyer is a poet and adman. His first book of poems, American Lullaby, was published by Exits but No Escapes Press, NYC, 2014. He was a winner of the 2003 Discovery/The Nation Poetry Competition. Natasha Trethewey selected his poem, “How I Know She’s Coming Home,” for Meridian Best New Poets 2007. Another work, “Hong Kong Harbor,” provided lyrics for a choral work composed by Philip White, premiered in Los Angeles by Angel City Chorale on June 2, 2012. (Renamed “On This Side of the Window,” it was performed on May 11, 2015, by the Los Angeles Master Chorale Chamber Singers.) Sawyer is the author of Kiss & Sell: Writing for Advertising (AVA, 2004; reissued 2006), and various short stories and articles.