Piese de Tennessee Williams

27 Wagons Full Of Cotton
In order to boost his own cotton ginning business, Jake Meighan sets the local Syndicate Plantation ablaze. The superintendent of the Syndicate Plantation sends over 27 wagons full of cotton for ginning, and turns aside his suspicions that Jake is the arsonist in exchange for apparent sexual favors from Jake's wife, Flora.
A House Not Meant to Stand
Este povestea unui cuplu de bătrâni care au rămas singuri într-o casă plină de amintiri. Soțul ştie despre averea pierdută a familiei soţiei sale şi bănuind că banii sunt ascunşi undeva în casă, urmăreşte, prin orice mijloace să intre în posesia lor. Deşi bătrân şi bolnav, el vrea banii pentru a-i investi în propria campanie electorală. În rarele momente de luciditate, ea neagă că ar deţine aceşti bani, despre care oricum nu-şi aminteşte unde i-a pus.
Un tramvai numit dorinta (A Streetcar Named Desire) Fragment disponibil online
The play is a simple love story of a somewhat puritanical Southern girl and an unpuritanical young doctor. Each is basically attracted to the other but because of their divergent attitudes toward life, each over the course of years is driven away from the other. Not until toward the end does the doctor realize that the girl's high idealism is basically right, and while she is still in love with him, it turns out that neither time nor circumstances will allow the two ultimately to come together.
Adam and Eve on a Ferry
Here, Tennessee Williams gives a comic portrait of D.H. Lawrence as someone who functions as an analyst for repressed women. As he sits embroidering on the porch of his villa, Lawrence is visited by Miss Ariadne Peabody. Adopting a Sherlock-Holmesian intuition, Lawrence divines that spinsterish Miss Peabody met a man aboard a ferry, he propositioned her, but in her passionate excitement she forgot his name and where they were to meet. Happily, Lawrence helps Miss Peabody recover her memory.
American Blues
MOONY'S KID DON'T CRY. A short play about a worker, his wife and child. (1 man, 1 woman.) THE DARK ROOM. A tragic sketch about an Italian woman and a welfare worker. (1 man, 2 women.) THE CASE OF THE CRUSHED PETUNIAS. A delightful, humorous playlet. (2 men, 2 women.) TEN BLOCKS ON THE CAMINO REAL. A lyrical fantasy. (13 men, 3 women, 10 dancers, flexible casting) THE LONG STAY CUT SHORT, OR, THE UNSATISFACTORY SUPPER. A moving sketch about an old servant. (1 man, 2 women.)
And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens
Candy Delaney is a successful New Orleans interior decorator and landlord who is also a drag queen approaching "her" ~ birthday. On the rebound from a seventeen-year relationship, Candy has picked up a rough, vicious sailor, Karl, on whom she lavishes money. On the day of the dreaded birthday, Karl walks out and it's left to the two queens who live upstairs, Alvin and Jerry, to comfort Candy.
At Liberty
Drama about a trapped, frustrated Mississippi actress dying of consumption
Auto Da Fe
Un tânăr poștaș se luptă cu pornirile lui sexuale. Frustrarea îl determină să atace o femeie în locuința ei și apoi să se incendieze sub privirile mamei lui.
Auto-Da-Fe
A young postal worker struggles with his sexual repression. His frustration ends in an attack on a female boarder in the cottage and the eventual burning of the cottage, his mother, and the female boarder.
Baby Doll
In the Mississippi Delta, Archie Lee Meighan has been married to pretty, empty-headed 19-year old virgin Baby Doll Meighan for two years. After Archie fails to make payments to a furniture leasing company, virtually all of the furniture in the house is repossessed and Baby Doll threatens to leave. Archie's competitor, Sicilian Silva Vacarro, who owns a newer and more modern cotton gin, has taken away all of Archie's business, and Archie retaliates by burning down Vacarro's gin that same night. Suspecting Archie as the arsonist, Vacarro plans a revenge plot and visits the farm the following day with truckloads of cotton, offering to pay Archie Lee to gin for him. Meanwhile, Baby Doll is asked to entertain Vacarro, and the two spend the day visiting on the farm, where Vacarro explicitly inquires about Archie's whereabouts the night before and makes sexual advances toward Baby Doll. After Vacarro outright accuses Archie of burning down his gin, Baby Doll goes to confront him, and Archie slaps her in the face and leaves for town to purchase new parts for the gin. Vacarro comforts Baby Doll, and after becoming friendly and chasing each other throughout the house, Vacarro forces her to sign an affidavit admitting to Archie's guilt. He then takes a nap in Baby Doll's crib, and is invited for supper at Baby Doll's request as a storm approaches. Baby Doll calls the police. The police arrive, and Archie is arrested when Vacarro confronts them with the affidavit. Ecstatic at his victory, Vacarro leaves the farm, abandoning Baby Doll and Archie is taken away by the police.
Battle Of Angels
As in its later, and substantially rewritten version (entitled Orpheus Descending) the play deals with the arrival of a virile young drifter, Val Xavier, in a sleepy, small town in rural Mississippi. Taking a job in a store his smouldering animal magnetism draws out the latent sexual passion in the love starved store keeper, whilst her husband lies dying upstairs. A sense of inevitable tragedy grows and there is a denouement of overwhelming and chilling intensity.
Beauty is the Word
The play concerns the life of a South Pacific missionary, his wife, their servant and the wife's niece and her husband.
Big Game, The
Tony, a vigorous young footballer, is about to be discharged from the men's ward. In contrast, the other two occupants are a terminally ill youth, Dave, and Walton, a middle-aged patient about to undergo surgery for a brain tumour. When Tony leaves, Walton introduces Dave to the concept of eternity by looking at the stars. Walton dies during the operation and the play ends with Dave, alone, contemplating the stars.
Cairo! Shangai! Bombay!
The first of William's plays to be academically produced. Two sailors look for two prostitutes while on shore leave.
Camino Real
In this phantasmagorical play, the Camino Real is a long highway, a dead end, a police state in a vaguely Latin American country, a nightmare, and an inescapable condition. Characters from history and literature-Don Quixote, Casanova, Camille, Lord Byron-inhabit a place where corruption, starvation, indifference and greed have immobilized anyone who tries to escape. Then, into this netherworld, the archetypal Kilroy arrives-a sailor and all-American guy with "a heart as big as the head of baby." Like others before him in the Camino Real, Kilroy is robbed, conned, turned into a patsy, and he very nearly breaks. . .but not quite. When this experimental epic opened on Broadway in 1953, it confounded the critics, but not the audiences.
Candles to the Sun
In a plantation house, a family celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. Maggie, Big Daddys daughter-in-law, wants to give him the news that shes finally become pregnant by Big Daddys favorite son, Brick, but Brick wont cooperate in Maggies plans and prefers to stay in a mild alcoholic haze the entire length of his visit. Maggie has her own interests at heart in wanting to become pregnant, of course, but she also wants to make amends to Brick for an error in judgment that nearly cost her her marriage. Swarming around Maggie and Brick are their intrusive, conniving relatives, all eager to see Maggie put in her place and Brick tumbled from his position of most-beloved son. By evenings end, Maggies ingenuity, fortitude and passion will set things right, and Bricks love for his father, never before expressed, will retrieve him from his path of destruction and return him, helplessly, to Maggies loving arms
Case Of the Crushed Petunias, The
Delightful, humorous comedy-fantasy.
Pisica pe acoperisul fierbinte (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)
In a plantation house, a family celebrates the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, as they sentimentally dub him. The mood is somber, despite the festivities, because a number of evils poison the gaiety: greed, sins of the past and desperate, clawing hopes for the future spar with one another as the knowledge that Big Daddy is dying slowly makes the rounds. Maggie, Big Daddy's daughter-in-law, wants to give him the news that she's finally become pregnant by Big Daddy's favorite son, Brick, but Brick won't cooperate in Maggie's plans and prefers to stay in a mild alcoholic haze the entire length of his visit. Maggie has her own interests at heart in wanting to become pregnant, of course, but she also wants to make amends to Brick for an error in judgment that nearly cost her her marriage. Swarming around Maggie and Brick are their intrusive, conniving relatives, all eager to see Maggie put in her place and Brick tumbled from his position of most-beloved son. By evening's end, Maggie's ingenuity, fortitude and passion will set things right, and Brick's love for his father, never before expressed, will retrieve him from his path of destruction and return him, helplessly, to Maggie's loving arms
Cavalier for Milady
An outrageous and disturbing snapshot into the life of a young, troubled woman who spends her life adorned in children's clothes, emotionally deprived, heavily medicated and sequestered from society. While her bombastic and hedonistic mother spends her evenings revelling in flamboyant sexual trysts with male escorts, Nance plays out her sexual fantasies with the balletic apparition of Vaslav Nijinsky. The play is Tennessee Williams' final portrait of his mother, sister and himself.
Chalky White Substance
The play begins outside the North Carolina asylum where Zelda Fitzgerald is receiving treatment for her mental disorder. She is visited by her husband, Scott, now reduced to hack writing in Hollywood and trying desperately to control his drinking. Their meeting is deeply disturbing for them both, and as Scott realizes that Zelda will never recover, the action shifts to a series of flashbacks which illuminate the causes of their sad plight. We see them in younger, happier, but inescapably destructive daysshe in a tempestuous affair with a young French aviator; he matching wits with an acerbic Ernest Hemingway. And, throughout, the drinking, the wild extravagance, and the steady erosion of talent and potential. In the end we are back at the hospital, sure of what must come, but moved by the memory of what once was
Circus, The
Clothes For A Summer Hotel
Four very different women cross paths on a Sunday morning. Dorothea is thinking of moving out of the apt that she shares with Bodey so she can better entertain her lover the principal at the school she teaches at. When she discovers he is engaged to another woman, she decides to stay with Bodey.
Confessional
Tragic sketch about an Italian woman and a welfare worker
Creve Coeur
Four very different women cross paths on a Sunday morning. Dorothea is thinking of moving out of the apt that she shares with Bodey so she can better entertain her lover the principal at the school she teaches at. When she discovers he is engaged to another woman, she decides to stay with Bodey.
Dark Room, The
Two families attempt to cope with life in a post-revolutionary America
Day on Which a Man Dies, The (An Occidental Noh Play)
The action takes place in Glorious Hill, Mississippi, shortly before the First World War. Alma Winemiller, a sensitive and lonely young woman, has become increasingly restive and disturbed by the fear that she will remain a spinster. Hemmed in by her stern minister father, and her deranged mother, she makes a final, and almost desperate attempt to win the man of her choicea young doctor whose social-climbing mother frowns on his attachment to Alma. The play centers on the complex relationship between these two; her touching attempts to sway his emotions; and his uncertainty as to where his heart should lead him. In the end there is to be only one truly beautiful moment between themfor neither can break the ties of family and position which draw them apart and which, inevitably, defeat Alma's hopes for a new and fuller life.
Demolition Downtown: Count Ten In Arabic - Then Run
Two families attempt to cope with life in a post-revolutionary America
Eccentricities Of A Nightingale, The
Three prisoners in a bunk-house play cards and listen while their ceilmate makes a run to the railtracks with guards and dogs in hot pursuit. Finally, they hear gunshots but when they see the guards return with a body they believe Billy's free at last.
Enemy, The: Time
It's New Year's morning 1938. Vera and her husband Joe, an influential theatre producer, are returning from a party, at which a young playwright, Dennis Merriwether, has paid great court to Vera. Rather than compromise his art, Dennis has decided to quit New York for Acapulco and wants Vera to accompany him. But Vera sends him away; she is, after all, the fat man's wife.
Escape
The setting is the street facade of a low-priced Miami hotel of the sort which caters to aged pensioners. It is morning and the old men at the Ponce de Leon Hotel gather to watch the daily line-up of oldsters at the cut-rate restaurant across the street, chuckling at the thought of the consternation that will result when the doors open and the waiting customers discover that prices have been raised. But then a sad note is struckone of their fellow guests has passed on, leaving a blind and helpless husband. But it is a loss that none will face squarely, for the nearness of death is what all of them must live with and joke about. For are they not all living in frosted glass coffins, through which light, and life, can just barely be perceived?
Fat Man's Wife, The
It's New Year's morning 1938. Vera and her husband Joe, an influential theatre producer, are returning from a party, at which a young playwright, Dennis Merriwether, has paid great court to Vera. Rather than compromise his art, Dennis has decided to quit New York for Acapulco and wants Vera to accompany him. But Vera sends him away; she is, after all, the fat man's wife
Frosted Glass Coffin, The
The setting is the street facade of a low-priced Miami hotel of the sort which caters to aged pensioners. It is morning and the old men at the Ponce de Leon Hotel gather to watch the daily line-up of oldsters at the cut-rate restaurant across the street, chuckling at the thought of the consternation that will result when the doors open and the waiting customers discover that prices have been raised. But then a sad note is struck-one of their fellow guests has passed on, leaving a blind and helpless husband. But it is a loss that none will face squarely, for the nearness of death is what all of them must live with and joke about. For are they not all living in frosted glass coffins, through which light, and life, can just barely be perceived?
Fugitive Kind
Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the unrealistic world of the movies. Laura also lives in her own illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted out of herself into a new world. But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.
Garden District
As outlined in Variety: "THE GNADIGES FRAULEIN (translatable as 'The Gracious Lady') is the justification of the word 'Slapstick' in the overall title. It's a far-out tragic-comedy in the genre of the Theatre of the Absurd, with a touch of the Theatre of Cruelty. It's quite funny at times, though basically and finally sad. The scene is a rickety bunkhouse, for 'permanent transients' in a place called Cocaloony Key, obviously off the southern tip of Florida. The characters include a kooky society gossip columnist, the frowsy crone who runs the place, a demented former Viennese vaudevillian, a Cocaloony bird (evidently a local name for a pelican) and a tomahawk-brandishing, war-whooping, blond-wigged Indian." The interplay of these characters, antic in both appearance and behavior, forms the heart and meaning of the play. Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, it becomes both fascinating and deeply affecting as the underlying humanity of each "grotesque" is made real through what they are, and do, and what happens to them.
Gnadiges Fraulein, The
Plea for pacificism, prepared as a curtain raiser for Irwin Shaw's "Bury the Dead." Four short black-out bits. One involves an Armitise Day speech by a local senator, a send-up of a legendary politician and two short skits about local school and social life.
Green Eyes
A prostitute suffers schitzoid dillusions while grasping on to her past loves. She is stricken with "acquired" diseases.
Headlines
"A man who formerly worked in the forests and now holds a monotonous job rebels against the added burdens of a new baby and a nagging wife. . .He accuses his wife of forcing him into marriage and is about to walk out on her when she shoves the sick baby into his arms. . .His rebellion is forgotten" Williams, Edwina Dakin. Remember Me To Tom
Hello From Bertha
Semi-autobiographical drama about the physical and emotional decline of a married Mississippi couple.
Hot Milk At Three In the Morning
There are only two characters, a man and a woman. She is ill, perhaps mortally so, and living alone in her dark house. The man, her only friend and equally solitary, dreads returning to the airless hotel room that has become his home. He tries to reach out to her, to help her, but it is too difficult, perhaps too late, for her to respond. Their confrontation, sometimes gentle, sometimes tense, becomes a revealing and moving emotional experience as they accept the need to face alone the terrors that might be more easily met together
House Not Meant To Stand
The author refers to his work as "imaginary." The basic facts, however, are well known. There are three characters, Lawrence himself, Frieda and Bertha Brett, and the scene is a sunporch at a small retreat in the Alpes Maritimes. We see Lawrence at the very end of his career, in fact the very day he dies, and recognize him as the erratic, inspired, ill-tempered genius who was never able to come to terms with life. Yet he stands revealed here as the man who, in Mr. Williams' words, "& felt the mystery and power of sex, as the primal life urge, and was the life-long adversary of those who wanted to keep the subject locked away in the cellars of prudery."
I Can't Imagine Tomorrow
As Clive Barnes outlines: "Superficially the play is about the painterfamous, rich and lostand his wife, who find themselves in a Tokyo hotel. The wife, wildly promiscuous, tries to seduce the Japanese barman in the hotel bar. The artist is in his room, naked on a canvas with a spray-gun, trying to develop a new technique, almost confident that he has invented color. Almost confident, but not quite, for he lacks confidence the way an anemic man lacks blood. The artist, in the final stages of some spiritual or physical dissolution, at last joins his wife in the bar. But she has sent to Manhattan for his picture dealer and friend. She then goes out, presumably to find a man. A few days later the dealer arrives in Tokyo. The wife, determined to be free, tries to persuade the friend to take the artist back to New York, under sedation if necessary. But the artist foils her plans by dying. Suddenly, with the bleakness of loss, she finds that she too has nowhere to go."
I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark On Sundays
It is a play-within-a-play, plagued by the disinterest of its money-driven director and compacent actors despite the efforts of the alcoholic playwritht to reveal its essential tragedy. Two lovers struggle amidst the smut and sleaze in the French quarter of New Orleans, but it's only after the "curtain" falls that the actors face the true story of the playwritht's pen.
I Rise In Flame, Cried The Phoenix
Lot is a weak and ailing youth who suffers from an attachment to the memory of his late mother. He has come to his ancestral home, a derelict house on the edge of a soon to be flooded river, with his new bride, Myrtle, a television actress. Somewhat reminiscent of Blanche Dubois from Williams's classic play A Streetcar Named Desire, Myrtle is a luckless young woman trapped in a world of romantic illusions, one of which is to nurse Lot back to health so they can consummate their marriage. Myrtle soon discovers, however, that Lot only wants to use her to steal the deed to the property from his embittered half-brother, Chicken, a Stanley Kowalski type, brimming with masculinity and assertiveness&and a few romantic plans of his own.
In Masks Outrageous and Austere
Tennessee Williams goes for broke in his final work, exploring the surreal, the nefarious, and the erotic in ways never before attempted by the great American master. The richest woman in the world, her gay husband and his young lover are thrust into a mystery world, defined by disorientation and paranoia, where they are held captive by omnipotent corporate forces. A cast of bizarre characters enters their increasingly threatening environment, and tensions reach a fever pitch as trust among the three protagonists begins to disintegrate. - nytheatre.com
In The Bar Of A Tokyo Hotel
Superficially the play is about the painter-famous, rich and lost-and his wife, who find themselves in a Tokyo hotel. The wife, wildly promiscuous, tries to seduce the Japanese barman in the hotel bar. The artist is in his room, naked on a canvas with a spray-gun, trying to develop a new technique, almost confident that he has invented color. Almost confident, but not quite, for he lacks confidence the way an anemic man lacks blood. The artist, in the final stages of some spiritual or physical dissolution, at last joins his wife in the bar. But she has sent to Manhattan for his picture dealer and friend. She then goes out, presumably to find a man. A few days later the dealer arrives in Tokyo. The wife, determined to be free, tries to persuade the friend to take the artist back to New York, under sedation if necessary. But the artist foils her plans by dying. Suddenly, with the bleakness of loss, she finds that she too has nowhere to go.
Kingdom Of Earth: The Seven Descents Of Myrtle
Powerful sketch about derelicts
Kirche, Kitchen, und Kinder
A character cketch about a salesman
Lady Of Larkspur Lotion, The
A married couple, in their nineties, are aboard a cruise ship. Their difficulties with life preservers, and basically life in general, are explored.
Last Of My Solid Gold Watches
Dream play set in a mid-western American city about a man's memories of his fallen sister
Lifeboat Drill
Moving sketch about an old servant
Long Goodbye, The
A romantic story involving the poet
Long Stay Cut Short, The; or, The Unsatisfactory Supper
The time is 1935, the place St. Louis, where Dorothea, a youngish high school teacher, rooms with Bodey, a plain but kind-hearted German-American spinster. Hopelessly romantic, Dorothea dreams of marriage with her sometime beau, the principal of the school, and Bodey, in an attempt to spare her feelings, hides the morning newspaper, which carries a notice of the principal's engagement to another. Bodey also hopes to make a match between Dorothea and her fat, cigar-smoking brother, and tries to persuade Dorothea to join them for a picnic at Creve Coeur, a nearby amusement park. Their departure is delayed by the arrival of Helena, a snobbish, tart-tongued art teacher, who wants Dorothea to share an apartment with her in a better part of town. Inevitably, a struggle evolves between Bodey and Helena, with Dorothea, lost in her dream world, caught between them. In the end reality shatters Dorothea's fond hopes, and brings her rudely back to earthbut not without clear evidence that, somehow, she will find the strength to recover and go on.
Lord Byron's Love Letter
A romantic story involving the poet.
Lovely Sunday For Creve Couer, A
The time is 1935, the place St. Louis, where Dorothea, a youngish high school teacher, rooms with Bodey, a plain but kind-hearted German-American spinster. Hopelessly romantic, Dorothea dreams of marriage with her sometime beau, the principal of the school, and Bodey, in an attempt to spare her feelings, hides the morning newspaper, which carries a notice of the principal's engagement to another. Bodey also hopes to make a match between Dorothea and her fat, cigar-smoking brother, and tries to persuade Dorothea to join them for a picnic at Creve Coeur, a nearby amusement park. Their departure is delayed by the arrival of Helena, a snobbish, tart-tongued art teacher, who wants Dorothea to share an apartment with her in a better part of town. Inevitably, a struggle evolves between Bodey and Helena, with Dorothea, lost in her dream world, caught between them. In the end reality shatters Dorothea's fond hopes, and brings her rudely back to earth-but not without clear evidence that, somehow, she will find the strength to recover and go on.
Magic Tower, The
As George Oppenheimer describes "We first encounter Mrs. Goforth in one of her three villas on the southern coast of Italy frantically endeavoring to complete her memoirs before her death. However, there is still life in the old girl as she bullies her attractive female secretary, spits venom at a visitor whom she dubs "the witch of Capri," makes propositions to a handsome young itinerant poet over half her age, and dictates night and day, either to the secretary or to any number of tape recorders scattered about the premises, her vapid and ridiculous memories which she believes will form an important social commentary& To the triple homes of Mrs. Goforth comes Chris Flanders, the young poet, who because of his past presence in the company of so many elderly women at the time of their deaths has won the mocking nickname of "the angel of death." At first we take him to be, as does Mrs. Goforth, a hustler who is willing to sell his poems, his mobiles, or his body to susceptible and lonely ancients. To Mrs. Goforth, who has lived a full and promiscuous life and is in mortal fear of relinquishing it, Chris comes as an answer to a carnal prayer, a last fling before she is forced to face ultimate loneliness. Then she discovers that he is unwilling to give in to her seductions at any price, that his is a spiritual nature which seeks only to allay her fears and soothe her pain. Until almost the very end she refuses to believe in his virtue. Her life has been so hedged in viciousness that she cannot accept readily anything but venality."
Me, Vashya!
A wealthy, eager college girl makes a surprise visit to the eponymous Mister Paradise in his squalid New Orleans surroundings. Having discovered a book of his poetry written 15 years earlier, she is determined to make him famous. Horrified, he explains that "Gabriel has not yet blown the horn" and that Anthony Paradise, his pen-name, will only be famous when Jonathan Jones is dead. They part, he telling her to watch the obituaries, she promising that his future is safe in her hands.
Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, The
"A man who formerly worked in the forests and now holds a monotonous job rebels against the added burdens of a new baby and a nagging wife. . .He accuses his wife of forcing him into marriage and is about to walk out on her when she shoves the sick baby into his arms. . .His rebellion is forgotten" Williams, Edwina Dakin. Remember Me To Tom
Mister Paradise
In a Spanish-speaking dictatorship, a clerk, who has been condemned to death, asks a student the way to the Municipal Abattoir. The student tells him to save himself but the clerk says he can't because he's been a Municipal Employee too long to disobey. The student changes tack and orders the clerk to take his gun and shoot the general as his motorcade passes by. But the clerk is too cowed and finally asks the audience the way to the abattoir.
Moony's Kid Don't Cry
As described in Variety: "is about a pair of alternately friendly and quarrelsome floozies in a fleabag hotel in the French quarter of New Orleans in the 1930s. Margaret Leighton plays the one who has inherited an income just sufficient to give her pretensions and keep her supplied with wine. Kate Reid plays a raucous hag just out of jail on a shoplifting charge. The would-be genteel lady is morbidly sensitive about being physically mutilated, having had a breast removed. Her harpy companion, Williams seems to be saying, is spiritually deformed, having suffered the cruelty of fellow humans. The implication is that all of us are maimed in some form or other. The play is written as a sort of Christmas parable, with a chorus of incidental characters singing hymns resembling carols. To project the idea further, the final scene presents the embattled cronies reunited in friendship and happiness, believing the Virgin has entered the room. Perhaps the moral is that love conquers mutilation."
Municipal Abattoir, The
John McClain's outline of "Within the brokendown environs of a cheap Mexican resort hotel [Williams] has created a mood of pervading loneliness and despair as intrusive as the Equinoxial storm that stirs sudden lightning flashes and gushes through the tattered room. The desolation, the emptiness are in his people: the tough, sex-starved widow who runs the hotel; the neurotic, defrocked minister, and the gentle maiden lady from New England. Thrown together in this squalid setting their human needs become explicit, and from their conflicts comes the realization that life must be endured, and that the spirit will somehow survive even beyond the limits of anguish. Mr. Williams veers off in many philosophic directions in this searing pastorale, but he is chiefly concerned with the relationship of the Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon and Miss Hannah Jelkes, the sad, fortyish lady who travels the world with her grandfather ('the oldest practicing poet in the world'), painting quick portraits, for a fee, while the nonagenarian recites poetry to hotel guests. Rev. Shannon, having been relieved of his cloth for sexual irregularities, has landed at the Costa Verde hotel, near Acapulco, on the verge of one of his periodic mental breakdowns. The proprietress, an old friend, is prepared to offer him a bed and will, in fact, share it with him if he wishes. But then Miss Jelkes and her grandpa arrive, penniless but prepared to offer their services to the guests in return for lodging. There is a strange and immediate rapport between the discredited cleric and the lonely artist. The play's most poignant momentsscenes of enormous compassiongrow out of the understanding of these two people, their mutual need for companionship and roots, their final moments of nobility in small gestures of unselfishness to aid one another."
Mutilated, The
Written in 1938 and based on an actual newspaper story the play follows the events of a prison scandal which shocked America when convicts leading a hunger strike were locked in a steam-heated cell and roasted to death. Williams later said: "I have never written anything since that could compete with its violence and horror." Its sympathetic treatment of a Black character and of a transvestite might have kept the play suppressed and unproduced during its own time. But its flashes of lyricism and compelling dialogue presage the great plays Williams was yet to write.
Not About Nightingales
Conversations in a restaurant between two women friends, two male (homosexual) lovers, and the homosexual male manager
Notebook Of Trigorin, The
On his Uncle Sorin's lakeside estate, Constantine's new play premieres to disdainful reactions from the family and friends who have gathered: Masha; her future husband Medvedenko; Dorn, a lecherous doctor; Shamrayev, manager of the estate; and his wife Polina. Constantine's mother, the famous actress Madame Arkadina, is not one to suppress her true feelings on her son's contribution to the theatre: She abhors it. Humiliated, Constantine sulks over his life, his art, and dotes on the play's star, the woman he loves, Nina, who is infatuated with Madame Arkadina's companion, the established writer Boris Trigorin. Since Trigorin is the object of affection for Nina, as well as Madame Arkadina, he becomes the object of scorn and jealousy for Constantine. In an attempt to explain his brooding, morbid nature, Constantine presents Nina with a dead seagull, which he has just shot-a sacrificial symbol of events to come. Before the evening is over the characters' dreams, infidelities, and self-deceptions will be revealed: Nina's reluctance to love Constantine; Trigorin's lust for Nina; Masha's love for Constantine and boredom with her new husband; Dorn's insecurities on his aging appearance and his affair with Polina; and Sorin's constant pleadings with his sister Arkadina to accept and encourage his nephew, her son. Two summers later finds Constantine the successful writer; Masha, a drunk, lamenting her love for Constantine; Madame Arkadina, haggard and struggling to hold onto Trigorin; and Nina, returning to the lake after her failed acting career and rueful involvement with Trigorin, seeking sympathy and understanding from the disturbed Constantine, who still loves her enough to take his own life.
Now The Cat With Jeweled Claws
Conversations in a restaurant between two women friends, two male (homosexual) lovers, and the homosexual male manager. A cocktail-laden lunch with Madge and Bea inexplicably turns into a song-and-dance number. These not-so-genteel society ladies banter about urban conditions and the ridiculous art of seduction, while hustlers in pink leather jackets contemplate The Mystic Rose.
One Arm
As the New York Times describes, the play tells "&of a woman storekeeper and a handsome, guileless youth who comes in off the highway. A guitar-player, he is a rural Orpheus who descends to rescue his lovenot in Hades, precisely, but amid the intrigue, gossip and violence of a hot-tempered town&ORPHEUS DESCENDING is one of Mr. Williams' pleasant plays, with characters determined to free themselves from corruption, with some sensitive philosophical comments in passing about the loneliness of the human being condemned in his world to solitary confinement for the whole of his life. Mr. Williams is in a more humane state of mind than he has been in several years&The introduction of the musical vagabond to the friendless woman who keeps the store, their humorous talk, their serious talk, the simplicity of their liaison after they have come to know each otherall this Mr. Williams has written in his best style of mood, lyricism and tenderness."
One Exception, The
The One Exception appears to draw at least obliquely from Williams's own visits with his sister Rose, who was institutionalized for decades. In this play, the less-threatening euphemism for Kyra's impending institutional confinement is called "The Lodge," which may be a reference to Stony Lodge in Ossining, New York, where Rose spent many years of her life. One can speculate that Williams's own collapsing mental condition during these last months of his life may also have provided him with some characteristics he would write into Kyra. In fact, Williams scholar Allean Hale asserts that at one point Tennessee Williams contemplated spending his last days with Rose in an institution.
Orpheus Descending Text disponibil online
The Palooka is a spent boxer. Next to him on the bench awaiting his first professional fight is a starry-eyed youngster who hopes to make it big like his hero, former champion Galveston Joe. The Kid supposes that Joe retired wealthy and glorious, and the Palooka wistfully agrees. But as the Palooka walks out lifelessly to get slaughtered again, the Trainer gives the brutal truth: old timers in the crowd still recognize the has-been - despite changing his name from Galveston Joe
Out Cry
Subsequently revised And Available under the title THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY. NOTE: The Author prefers that the version entitled THE TWO-CHARACTER PLAY be presented by nonprofessional groups, though Applications to produce OUT CRY will Also be considered.
Palooka, The
A delightful scene about two fading, overdressed doxies, members of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the "Sons of Mars," who hit town for the annual convention. But, in their search for "boys" and a "high old time," they wind up separated from their party, in a third rate bar, drinking beer and trying hard to be cheerful. Each is soon finding fault with the other, and they are resigned to a miserable time when the door bursts open, and a pair of "Sons of Mars," in all their blue-and-white glory, leap-frog in to save these damsels-in-distress.
Parade, The
As described in the NY Times: "Mr. Williams is telling the story of two marriages at points of acute crisis. One couple has just broken up after five years together. The other has not been able to come to terms in one day of wedlock. Both couples are living through a period of adjustment. The phrase is tinged with irony. The play examines the sources of the crisis. Ralph Bates, a former war hero, has in-law trouble. George Haverstick, a war buddy who unexpectedly visits him on Christmas Eve with his bride of a day, has the shakes; his difficulty seems to be a fear of impotence. The end is happy, as comedy requires. The four go to bedin the right combinations." In calling his play a "serious comedy," Mr. Williams puts his finger on its most unique aspect, for this is a work which combines a humorous viewpoint with deep-seated concern for a very real, human situation.
Perfect Analysis Given By a Parrot, A
The Woman berates her tedious, negligent lover whom she knows has two-timed her. As the quarrel reaches a crescendo, she turns him out and slams the door on him. Then she calls to his replacement, a younger man, who's waiting in the other room
Period of Adjustment
A sketch of a demented spinster
Piesă pentru frate şi soră
„Voi nu o cunoașteti pe Rose și nu o veți putea cunoaște decât prin intermediul operei mele. De aceea, o voi așeza pentru voi în raftul de cărți, sau pe scena teatrului,“ spunea scriitorul, care a abordat teme precum claustrofobia, izolarea și bolile mentale.
Pink Bedroom, The
The Woman berates her tedious, negligent lover whom she knows has two-timed her. As the quarrel reaches a crescendo, she turns him out and slams the door on him. Then she calls to his replacement, a younger man, who's waiting in the other room
Portrait Of A Madonna
Poetic drama in New Mexico
Pronoun "I", The
The action of the play begins in the cocktail lounge of a slightly seedy Dallas hotel, where the rebellious wife of a powerful and corrupt industrialist (known only as the "Downtown Woman"), having been subjected to violent electro-shock treatments and disabling drugs, is being virtually held prisoner. When she encounters King Del Rey, once the leader of a successful mariachi band, until he was disabled by a brain tumor, the Woman senses that he is both a kindred spirit and, perhaps, the means by which she can free herself at last. Their attraction is immediate and tempestuous but King, demeaned by the fact that his present condition makes him his hard-working wife's "invalid dependent," holds back from total commitment. As their stories unfold we learn that the Woman, daughter of a crooked Texas politician and wife of the grasping president of the Red Devil Battery Company (which symbolizes the dehumanizing power of the military-industrial complex) has knowledge of a right-wing plot to assume national power; and that King still clings to the hope that his health will be restored and he will again join forces with his talented daughter, a gifted singer known as La Nina. But it soon becomes apparent that time has run out for both of them; the forces which seek to hold the Woman in bondage are too powerful to foil; and La Nina, who has become the paramour of a gun-toting Chicago hoodlum, is aware that her father is a doomed man. In the stirring, theatrically explosive conclusion of the play, King, after a final but futile attempt to save the Woman, falls dead from a massive stroke, while she is seized by a marauding band of homeless youths who have been poised at the outskirts of the city, and carried off as their leader's prizeand to the nightmare-desolation of a decadent civilization in the throes of self-destruction.
Purification, The
Poetic drama in New Mexico.
Red Devil Battery Sign, The
Serafina delle Rose is a restless widow whose intense and absorbing instinct for love drives everything before it. The figure of this extraordinary woman dominates the small town where she and her friends are living and embodies the exultation and danger of unbridled passion. Her story, and that of the lover she chooses and the daughter she denies, are forged into a play of power, humanity and soaring emotion.
Remarkable Rooming House of Mme. LeMonde, The
Set in a seedy attic in London, the action revolves around an image that brilliantly sets up the play’s concatenation of predators-turned-prey. A man named Mint is paralyzed; the only way he can only move about his room is via a series of hooks in the ceiling. (The son of a Kosher butcher, I have seen animal carcasses moved about a “killing” room in much the same way.) Tea time approaches, but before the guest arrives Mint is sexually assaulted by one of the muscular sons of the boarding house owner, Madame Le Monde. The visitor expected for tea, Hall, arrives, claiming to be an old school mate of Mint’s. Terminally self-absorbed and gutter-minded, he is more concerned with eating, drinking, and telling salacious stories than helping his hungry friend, who is often writhing on the floor, desperate for a bit of biscuit.
Seagull, The
Viscious scavenger birds repeatedly attack an ex-vaudeville singer as she attempts to gather fish for her supper. The implication of the two plays is that all of us suffer in one way or another
Seven Descents of Myrtle, The
The scene is a rundown bar on the Southern California coast, where a group of lonely and disparate individuals, rejected by "normal" society, come together in their need for human contact and understanding. One by one each tells his tale with poetic eloquence and force, revealing the desperate emptiness of his existence, and inspiring a moving compassion of rare dimension. In the final essence, the characters become embodiments of the fears that lurk in all of us, and the frailties that so often make us less than we would wish to beboth in our hearts and in the eyes of others.
Slapstick Tragedy
The scene is a beach shack on Cape Cod, during the summer of 1940, where August, a fledgling playwright, is rewriting the play intended for his Broadway debut. He is distracted by his infatuation for Kip, a handsome Canadian dancer and draft dodger, who is visiting with a wealthy and protective young girl named Clare, reputedly his sister. When Clare, who is not all she claims to be, goes off with a gangster friend, August takes advantage of her absence to lay suit to the sexually ambivalent Kip. But while he wins his case, there is as much pain as pleasure in their liaison, as Kip proves to be both terminally ill and unable to reciprocate August's obsessive passion. And, as a counter theme, August must also negotiate with the fawning, penny-pinching producers, whose crass commercialism he turns aside with a fierce defense of his artistic integrity. In the end we know that his play, like his sexual compulsion, will come to griefbut we are also aware that the artist, and the vision he must pursue, will remain undaunted and undiminished despite all the obstacles and frustrations that surely lie ahead.
Small Craft Warnings
Character sketch in which two characters are developed with remarkable insight. A play with an underlying current of irony and horror.
Something Cloudy, Something Clear
The scene is a beach shack on Cape Cod, during the summer of 1940, where August, a fledgling playwright, is rewriting the play intended for his Broadway debut. He is distracted by his infatuation for Kip, a handsome Canadian dancer and draft dodger, who is visiting with a wealthy and protective young girl named Clare, reputedly his sister. When Clare, who is not all she claims to be, goes off with a gangster friend, August takes advantage of her absence to lay suit to the sexually ambivalent Kip. But while he wins his case, there is as much pain as pleasure in their liaison, as Kip proves to be both terminally ill and unable to reciprocate August's obsessive passion. And, as a counter theme, August must also negotiate with the fawning, penny-pinching producers, whose crass commercialism he turns aside with a fierce defense of his artistic integrity. In the end we know that his play, like his sexual compulsion, will come to grief-but we are also aware that the artist, and the vision he must pursue, will remain undaunted and undiminished despite all the obstacles and frustrations that surely lie ahead.
Something Unspoken
Based on Williams's experience as an employee of the International Shoe Company, Stairs details the emotional and mental suffocation of factory work.
Spring Storm
Heavenly Critchfield and Dick Miles are arguing about Dick’s career and their future as a couple. He wants to head to the river to find work, but she wants to stay near home and her family. Arthur Shannon, a childhood acquaintance of them returns to town and Heavenly begins to question her decision to stay with Dick. Mrs. Critchfield, Heavenly’s aunt, wants Heavenly to marry Arthur Shannon for his wealth and family name. Arthur comes to the Critchfields’ home to have a date with Heavenly. The pair do not see eye to eye and talk around each other as neither have any common interests. After Arthur refuses to sleep with Heavenly, Heavenly runs away to find Dick leaving Mrs. Critchfield to lie to Arthur about Heavenly’s whereabouts. Arthur and Heavenly try to speak to each other in private but are never afforded time alone. The pair gives up, leaving Arthur to tend to an intoxicated Hertha, another local girl of the same age. After causing a scene in the library in front of Miss Schlagmann, who never married, Arthur and Hertha fight, leading to the murder of Hertha. Heavenly returned home after discovering that Dick left town without her, only to have Arthur come and confess the murder, leaving Heavenly single with no prospects.
Stairs To The Roof
A lonely man tossed by life and hectored by his landlady finds happiness only with an alley cat.
Steps Must Be Gentle
The play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to rejectso far as possiblethe realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon her by her sister, with whom she goes to live in New Orleans, intensified by the earthy and extremely "normal" young husband of the latter, leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness.
Strangest Kind Of Romance, The
Kerr, in the NY Herald-Tribune, describes: "This, says Mr. Williams through the most sympathetic voice among his characters, 'is a true story about the time and the world we live in.' He has made it seem trueor at least curiously and suspensefully possibleby the extraordinary skill with which he has wrung detail after detail out of a young woman who has lived with horror. Anne Meacham, as a girl who has been the sole witness to her cousin's unbelievably shocking death, is brought into a 'planned jungle' of a New Orleans garden to confront a family that is intensely interested in having her deny the lurid tale she has told. The post-dilettante's mother is, indeed, so ruthlessly eager to suppress the facts that she had the girl incarcerated in a mental institution and she is perfectly willing, once she finishes her ritualistic five o'clock frozen daiquiri, to order the performance of a frontal lobotomy. A nun stands in rigid attendance; a doctor prepares a hypodermic to force the truth; greedy relatives beg her to recant in return for solid cash. Under the assorted, and thoroughly fascinating, pressures that are brought to bear, and under the intolerable, stammering strain of reliving her own memories, Miss Meacham slowly, painfully, hypnotically paints a concrete and blistering portrait of loneliness&of the sudden snapping of that spider's web that is one man's life, of ultimate panic and futile flight. The very reluctance with which the grim, hopeless narrative is unfolded binds us to it; Mr. Williams threads it out with a spare, sure, sharply vivid control of language&and the spell is cast."
Suddenly Last Summer
Donald desperately seeks refuge from his hectoring mother who perpetually nags him on topics that seem alternately trivial and all too painfully pertinent to his future. At every available opportunity he flees to the lake where he swims alone. Finally, he doesn't return.
Summer And Smoke Fragment disponibil online
Într-un orășel trăiește Alma, o tânără intelectuală cu aspirații prea înalte pentru orășelul mic în care trăiește. Din această cauză, refuză cererea în căsătorie a singurului om care se ridică la nivelul ei intelectual și uman. După un an, acesta se întoarce împreună cu o fată veselă și superficială și Alma, regretând că l-a refuzat, îi oferă mâna ei. Situația ei este fără ieșire.
Summer at the Lake
As New York Newsday describes: "Its two central characters are the Princess, an aging motion picture actress in flight from her latest screen disaster, and Chance Wayne, a young hustler whom she has picked up. Taking advantage of her drunkenness and his youth and good looks, he manages to lure her to the Southern town of his birth in order to see again a young girl with whom he has had an affair and whom he still loves. Word of his arrival spreads like contagion through the small town. Boss Finley, a political despot and father of the young girl, is especially interested. What Chance does not know is that unwittingly he has infected the girl and ever since the Boss, his sadistic son and his toadies have lain in wait for his return and for their revenge. Chance's scheme is to use the Princess to promote a motion picture career for himself and his girl. Naturally this falls afoul and in the end the avengers are about to close in on the passively waiting Chance, who has been deserted by his patroness and far worse, by his youth."
Sunburst
"Morning-After" scene of moving drama wherein a wife decides to leave her husband under tragic circumstances.
Sweet Bird of Youth
As New York Newsday describes: "Its two central characters are the Princess, an aging motion picture actress in flight from her latest screen disaster, and Chance Wayne, a young hustler whom she has picked up. Taking advantage of her drunkenness and his youth and good looks, he manages to lure her to the Southern town of his birth in order to see again a young girl with whom he has had an affair and whom he still loves. Word of his arrival spreads like contagion through the small town. Boss Finley, a political despot and father of the young girl, is especially interested. What Chance does not know is that unwittingly he has infected the girl and ever since the Boss, his sadistic son and his toadies have lain in wait for his return and for their revenge. Chance's scheme is to use the Princess to promote a motion picture career for himself and his girl. Naturally this falls afoul and in the end the avengers are about to close in on the passively waiting Chance, who has been deserted by his patroness and far worse, by his youth."
Talk To Me Like the Rain and Let Me Listen
The paly features a small-scale, bare-room situation. It involves an unnamed Man and Woman who are bound together in an endless cycle by their hopeless poverty. Major William's themes are explored in the Man's alcoholism and the Woman's desperation.
Ten Blocks On The Camino Real
Mother Duclos is a spiritualist dispensing succour, on payment of a fee, to the troubled people who come to her chapel. But a woman incites everyone to turn against her, and they strip the chapel of its religious artefacts. Desolate, Mother Duclos is comforted finally by the crippled little girl who returns to say that she still believes.
Tennessee Laughs
Carl, veteran usher at the third-rate Joy Rio Cinema, is showing the ropes to a schoolboy, newly hired to work in the summer holidays. The boy is introduced to the sleazy workings of the cinema by being instructed not to let patrons go upstairs. However, the patrons are hell-bent on going upstairs, including the seductive Gladys who's determined to get the boy to follow her
Thank You, Kind Spirit
A Count and Countess try to withstand an attack of an alien, unseen enemy for their base in an European hotel.
Menajeria de sticla (The Glass Menagerie) Text disponibil online
Laura e o fată șchioapă, timidă și retrasă care nu vrea nimic de la viață, nu are nici o ambiție de fericire, vrea doar să se joace cu mica ei menajerie de sticlă, cu plăcile de patefon și să stea tot timpul în casă. Tom, fratele ei, este un tânăr poet deja cinic care este nevoit să lucreze într-o fabrică de pantofi ca să își întrețină mama și sora – dar visele lui merg mult mai departe, vrea să plece, să colinde lumea, se simte încarcerat de orașul lui, de țara lui. Tatăl lor a fugit într-o zi de acasă fără nici o explicație, iar el simte nevoia să facă exact același lucru, să o șteargă pe neobservate până nu înnebunește. Amanda, mam lor, trăiește numai pentru copiii ei, îi bate la cap, îi dădăcește, dar nu îi înțelege deloc.
Noaptea iguanei (The Night of the Iguana)
On his Uncle Sorin's lakeside estate, Constantine's new play premieres to disdainful reactions from the family and friends who have gathered: Masha; her future husband Medvedenko; Dorn, a lecherous doctor; Shamrayev, manager of the estate; and his wife Polina. Constantine's mother, the famous actress Madame Arkadina (and prima donna), is not one to suppress her true feelings on her son's contribution to the theatre: She abhors it. Humiliated, Constantine sulks over his life, his art, and dotes on the play's star, the woman he loves, Nina, who is infatuated with Madame Arkadina's companion, the established writer Boris Trigorin. Since Trigorin is the object of affection for Nina, as well as Madame Arkadina, he becomes the object of scorn and jealousy for Constantine. In an attempt to explain his brooding, morbid nature, Constantine presents Nina with a dead seagull, which he has just shota sacrificial symbol of events to come. Before the evening is over the characters' dreams, infidelities, and self-deceptions will be revealed: Nina's reluctance to love Constantine; Trigorin's lust for Nina; Masha's love for Constantine and boredom with her new husband; Dorn's insecurities on his aging appearance and his affair with Polina; and Sorin's constant pleadings with his sister Arkadina to accept and encourage his nephew, her son. Two summers later finds Constantine the successful writer; Masha, a drunk, lamenting her love for Constantine; Madame Arkadina, haggard and struggling to hold onto Trigorin; and Nina, returning to the lake after her failed acting career and rueful involvement with Trigorin, seeking sympathy and understanding from the disturbed Constantine, who still loves her enough to take his own life.
The Pretty Trap
This is the New York premiere of a one-act version of The Glass Menagerie. It's about a mother awaiting the arrival of her daughter's gentleman caller. - nytheatre.com
Primăvara la Roma a d-nei Stone (The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone)
Karen Stone este o actriţă aflată spre finalul carierei. Celebritatea ei a apus, a renunțat la carieră și a plecat la Roma împreună cu soțul ei care îi este și impresar. După moartea lui ea moşteneşte o avere impresionantă dar o apasă singurătatea. Contesa Magda Terribili-Gonzales îi prezintă pe Paolo di Leo, un gigolo fermecător și, alături de el trăiește o pasiune devastatoare cu consecințe dezastruase.
Trandafirul tatuat (The Rose Tattoo) Text disponibil online
A dying man, Lot, brings his new former showbiz wife to his childhood home where his half brother still lives. His brother, Chicken, begins to psychologically torture his sister-in-law, scaring her with the prospect of drowing in the impending flood, because he suspects the marraige is a scam to prevent him from getting the house when his brother dies. While she suffers Lot goes insane, dressing in his mother's clothes and a wig and disapears into the parlor never to be heard from again.
These Are the Stairs You Got to Watch
Carl, veteran usher at the third-rate Joy Rio Cinema, is showing the ropes to a schoolboy, newly hired to work in the summer holidays. The boy is introduced to the sleazy workings of the cinema by being instructed not to let patrons go upstairs. However, the patrons are hell-bent on going upstairs, including the seductive Gladys who's determined to get the boy to follow her
This Is an Entertainment
The story of a 13 year old girl living on a railroad embankment in Mississippi. She's been abandoned by her parents and her sister died. She dropped out of school and lives alone.
This Is The Peaceable Kingdom
A former athlete (Brick), now an alcoholic, has an affair with the widow of his deceased doctor. He is left by her and, due to his broken leg, he is at the mercy of his wife who drives him everywhere he has to go.
This Property Is Condemned
he story of a 13 year old girl living on a railroad embankment in Mississippi. She's been abandoned by her parents and her sister died. She dropped out of school and lives alone.
Three Players Of A Summer Game
A former athlete (Brick), now an alcoholic, has an affair with the widow of his deceased doctor. He is left by her and, due to his broken leg, he is at the mercy of his wife who drives him everywhere he has to go.
Tiger Tail
Conversation between an aging homosexual and a young hustler, who are traveling together.
To Heaven In a Golden Coach
Two actors, a brother and sister, meet in the empty playhouse where their theatre company is scheduled to perform that evening. But apparently the other actors have deserted them, and absconded with their money, so the two decide to perform the "Two-Character Play," extemporizing the parts not memorized or not yet written. Thus the play-within-a-play begins, and it proves to be so compelling, and so deeply affecting, that soon both they and the audience are no longer sure as to where the play stops and real life takes over. In the end unanswered questions linger, but, with them, overtones of larger truths revealed and deeper meanings brought into light at last.
Travelling Companion, The
The place is a rooming house in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the time the late Thirties. As narrated by The Writer, a young man recently arrived from St. Louis, the action is concerned with interlocking lives of the various residents: a tubercular, homosexual painter; a doomed young girl and her coarse lover; two aging "ladies" living in near poverty; and the eccentric irrepressible landlady, who veers from cruelty to sentiment in her treatment of her charges. Filled with evocative memories, and sharply etched portraits of its singular characters, the play centers first on The Writer, and his seduction by The Painter; and then probes into the fateful love of the young girl for her studshe dying of leukemia, and he torn between his debt to her and his urge to escape the consequences of her condition. It is a play of echoes and remembrances, a series of engrossing scenes, sometimes brutally candid sometimes delicately poetic, which are woven together into a rich and revealing tapestry, glinting with theatricality and throbbing with the feel of life.
Two Character Play, The
Mrs Yorke struts and preens herself in the mirror of her fashionable apartment while daughter, Lily, does nothing but chain-smoke and make cynical comments. Driven to near insanity by her overbearing mother, Lily can hear her mother's fretful, incessant voice even when she's not there. Her entrapment is total; there is no escape.
Vieux Carre
A lonely woman and her friend wait for Mr. Merriwether to return home, and while they wait they see apparitions of historical characters such as Rimbaud and van Gogh.
Why Do You Smoke So Much, Lily?
Hadrian comes home to find his family and home under the control of his overwhelming spintress aunt. Eventually, Emmie, the spintress, loses control over the family and persues an unsuspecting Reverend.
Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis?
A lonely woman and her friend wait for Mr. Merriwether to return home, and while they wait they see apparitions of historical characters such as Rimbaud and van Gogh.
You Touched Me!
Hadrian comes home to find his family and home under the control of his overwhelming spintress aunt. Eventually, Emmie, the spintress, loses control over the family and persues an unsuspecting Reverend.

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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams s-a nascut la data de 26 martie 1911 in Columbus Mississippi, SUA.

Tennessee Williams (Thomas Lanier Williams),s-a nascut la data de 26 martie 1911 in Columbus Mississippi, Statele Unite ale Americii. A decedat la 25 februarie 1983 ( la 71 de ani) in New York , Statele Unite ale Americii
Dramaturg , romancier , povestitor, scriitor, eseist , scenarist.


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