The Adoption

by  Joyce Carol Oates

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f, 1m or f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)

Dark comic undertones color this tale about a married couple at a mysterious adoption agency. Although they want a baby, they bravely agree to adopt an eight-year-old Third World child who appears to be deformed or disfigured. They learn he has siblings and are faced with an even more difficult…

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Dark comic undertones color this tale about a married couple at a mysterious adoption agency. Although they want a baby, they bravely agree to adopt an eight-year-old Third World child who appears to be deformed or disfigured. They learn he has siblings and are faced with an even more difficult decision, one that leaves them shaken and exposed. This fast-paced exploration of serious contemporary issues offers incisive satire that never becomes harsh or judgmental.
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Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates grew up in the countryside outside of Lockport, New York, where she attended a one-room schoolhouse in the elementary grades. As a small child, she told stories instinctively by way of drawing and painting before learning how to write. After receiving the gift of a typewriter at ag ...

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