Tennessee Williams - One Act Plays

Tennessee Williams - One Act Plays $21.99

Tennessee Williams

Published by Methuen

"The peak of my virtuosity was in the one- act plays. Some of which are like firecrackers on a rope"

This collection of 15 lesser-known Tennessee Williams one act plays - some published for the first time - reveal a tantalising and fascinating perspective to one of the world's most important playwrights

Written between 1934 and 1980 the Collection includes the plays of the very young writer, then of the successful Tennessee Williams, and finally of the troubled man of the 1970s

Thus it offers a panoramic yet detailed view of the themes, demons, and wit of this iconic playwright

The volume depicts American life during the Great Depression and after, portraying ...

... a hopelessly hopeful chorus girl

... a munitions manufacturer ensnared in a love triangle

... a rural family that deals "justice" on its children

... an overconfident mob dandy

... a poor couple who quarrel to vanquish despair

... a young "spinster" enthralled by the impulse of rebellion

And - in The Magic Tower - a passionate artist and his wife whose youth and optimism are not enough to protect their 'dream marriage'

The collection gathers some of Williams's most exuberant early work and includes one-acts that he would later expand to powerful full-length dramas

For example, 'The Pretty Trap is a cheerful take on The Glass Menagerie

And Interior: Panic is a precursor to A Streetcar Named Desire


At Liberty
The Magic Tower
Me, Vashya
Curtains for the Gentleman
In Our Profession
Every Twenty Minutes
Honor the Living
The Cast of the Crushed Petunias
Moony's Kid Don't Cry
The Dark Room
The Pretty Trap
Interior: Panic
Kingdom of Earth
I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays
Some Problems for The Moose Lodge

This great value volume also features a Foreword by Terence McNally

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