Featuring "Deep Kiss" and "Victory Lap."Tobias Wolff's "Deep Kiss" perfectly captures yearning adolescence: this is Joe Reed's story of his first love which nearly breaks him, yet resonates into his middle age. In George Saunders "Victory Lap" three young people are thrust toward a critical life moment, suddenly and unexpectedly converging on a single point in space and time. Humor develops into great menace, with a soul-saving ending.
Word for Word, which performs literary works verbatim, chose stories by two of its favorite authors for the company’s 25th anniversary: Tobias Wolff’s “Deep Kiss” and George Saunders’ “Victory Lap.” Both are about adolescence, longing, moral choice and the loss of innocence, according to co-artistic directors Susan Harloe and JoAnne Winter. (Post-show discussion with the two authors and playwright Peter Sinn Nachtreib Aug. 15.)