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"Oleanna" is a short three-act play surrounding the consequences of miscommunication between a male college professor and his impressionable female student.
In Act One, Carol drops by her John's office, her professor. She is looking for guidance, as she is failing the class and is desperate to do better. When the curtain rises, John is on the phone with his wife Grace arguing about the house they are buying now that John has been offered tenure. John cuts the conversation short so he can address Carol, who sits across from him listening to the entire conversation. Now that she has John's attention, Carol complains that no matter what she does in John's class, she can't seem to get ahead. She's doing everything John has asked her to: she bought and read John's book, she shows up for class, she takes notes, but there's something in the language that she...