Clothes for a Summer Hotel

Clothes for a Summer Hotel $13

Tennessee Williams

Published by Dramatists Play Service

9 Male 7 Female

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 days - she in a tempestuous affair with a young French aviator; he matching wits with an acerbic Ernest Hemingway

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

Produced on Broadway, this haunting, poetic memory play examines the tortured final day of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and the wild escapades that preceded their inevitable decline into madness and early death

" the writing is graceful, poetic and evocative " ~ NY Daily News

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