American Rapture includes Hello Out There by William Saroyan and world premiere plays by Alex Dinelaris (nominated Lucile Lortel/Drama Desks). The series will be presented in conjunction with William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, as part of Oberon's Winter Rep 09. An evening of short plays, some humorous, some tragic, explore the unique mixture of loneliness and hope, which make up the American Experience. Playwright/director Alex Dinelaris, who was nominated for a Lucille Lortel (Best Musical) and two Drama Desk Awards (Book & Lyrics) for his work on the off-Broadway hit, Zanna Don't!, weaves his way through modern relationships, religious hypocrisy, love, loss and the endless cycle of violence that threatens to swallow our society whole. The evening culminates with William Saroyan's Hello Out There, the powerful tale of two outcasts who find love at the most unlikely of times, in the most unlikely of places.