27 Wagons Full of Cotton

Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811202259
Release Date: 1966
Genre: Drama

Thirteen one-act plays, written especially for the community theater group, reveal Williams' extraordinary perception

The Theatre of Tennessee Williams

Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811212157
Release Date: 1992
Genre: Drama

The Theatre of Tennessee Williams brings together in matching format the plays of one of America's most influential and innovative dramatists. Arranged in chronological order, this ongoing series includes the original cast listings and production notes for all full-length plays.

27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays

Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811220804
Release Date: 1966-01-17
Genre: Drama

The thirteen one-act plays collected in this volume include some of Tennessee Williams's finest and most powerful work. They are full of the perception of life as it is, and the passion for life as it ought to be, which have made The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire classics of the American theater. Only one of these plays (The Purification) is written in verse, but in all of them the approach to character is by way of poetic revelation. Whether Williams is writing of derelict roomers in a New Orleans boarding house (The Lady of Larkspur Lotion) or the memories of a venerable traveling salesman (The Last of My Solid Gold Watches) or of delinquent children (This Property is Condemned), his insight into human nature is that of the poet. He can compress the basic meaning of life—its pathos or its tragedy, its bravery or the quality of its love—into one small scene or a few moments of dialogue. Mr. Williams's views on the role of the little theater in American culture are contained in a stimulating essay, "Something wild...," which serves as an introduction to this collection.

The Magic Tower and Other One act Plays

Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811219208
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Drama

A wonderful collection of never-before-collected one-acts: “The peak of my virtuosity was in the one- act plays. Some of which are like firecrackers in a rope” (Tennessee Williams).

Mister Paradise

Author: David Roessel
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 9780141975092
Release Date: 2014-04-24
Genre: Drama

The greatest playwright of the American South, Tennessee Williams used his talent throughout his life to create brief plays exploring many of the themes that dominated his best-known works. Here, thirteen never-before-published one-act dramas reveal some of his most poignant and hilarious characters. From the indefatigable, witty and tough drag queens of And Tell Sad Stories of the Death of Queens to the disheartened poet Mister Paradise, and the extravagant mistress in The Pink Bedroom, these are tales of isolated figures struggling against a cruel world, who refuse to lose sight of their dreams.

The Traveling Companion Other Plays

Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811226417
Release Date: 2008-04-17
Genre: Drama

Twelve previously uncollected experimental shorter plays: The Chalky White Substance • The Day on Which a Man Dies (An Occidental Noh Play) • A Cavalier for Milady • The Pronoun "I" • The Remarkable Rooming House of Mme. LeMonde • Kirche, Küche, Kinder (An Outrage for the Stage) • Green Eyes • The Parade • The One Exception • Sunburst • Will Mr. Merriwether Return from Memphis? • The Traveling Companion Even with his great commercial success, Tennessee Williams always considered himself an experimental playwright. In the last 25 years of his life his explorations increased—especially in shorter forms and one-act plays—as Williams created performance pieces with elements of theater of the absurd, theater of cruelty, theater of the ridiculous, as well as motifs from Japanese forms such as Noh and Kabuki, high camp and satire, and with innovative visual and verbal styles that were entirely his own. Influenced by Beckett, Genet, and Pinter, among others, Williams worked hard to expand the boundaries of the lyric realism he was best known for. These plays were explicitly intended to be performed off-off Broadway or regionally. Sometimes disturbing, sometimes outrageous, quite often the tone of these plays is rough, bawdy or even cartoonish. While a number of these plays employ what could be termed bizarre "happy endings," others gaze unblinkingly into the darkness. Though several of Williams' lesser-known works from this period have already been published by New Directions, these twelve plays have never been collected. Most of these shorter plays are unknown to audiences and scholars—some are published here for the first time—yet all of them embrace, in one way or another, what Time magazine called "the four major concerns that have spurred Williams' dramatic imagination: loneliness, love, the violated heart and the valiancy of survival."

A House Not Meant to Stand A Gothic Comedy

Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811226356
Release Date: 2008-04-17
Genre: Drama

The spellbinding last full-length play produced during the author's lifetime is now published for the first time. Christmas 1982: Cornelius and Bella McCorkle of Pascagoula, Mississippi, return home one midnight in a thunderstorm from the Memphis funeral of their older son to a house and a life literally falling apart--daughter Joanie is in an insane asylum and their younger son Charlie is upstairs having sex with his pregnant, holy-roller girlfriend as the McCorkles enter. Cornelius, who has political ambitions and a litany of health problems, is trying to find a large amount of moonshine money his gentle wife Bella has hidden somewhere in their collapsing house, but his noisy efforts are disrupted by a stream of remarkable characters, both living and dead. While Williams often used drama to convey hope and desperation in human hearts, it was through this dark, expressionistic comedy, which he called a "Southern gothic spook sonata," that he was best able to chronicle his vision of the fragile state of our world.

Lanford Wilson

Author: Lanford Wilson
Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Incorporated
ISBN: 1880399318
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Drama


24 Favorite One Act Plays

Author: Bennett Cerf
Publisher:
ISBN: 1439510180
Release Date: 2008-07-10
Genre: Performing Arts

Gathers short plays by Anton Chekhov, Thornton Wilder, Eugene O'Neill, Arthur Miller, William Inge, Tennessee Williams, Dorothy Parker, Oscar Wilde, and Noel Coward

Four Plays

Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 0451529146
Release Date: 1976
Genre: Drama

A collection of four plays from the master of twentieth-century American drama includes Orpheus Descending, in which a nomadic guitar player falls in love with a storekeeper's wife only to find his life plagued by violence when the townspeople turns against them. Original.

Now the Cats With Jeweled Claws Other One Act Plays

Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811225571
Release Date: 2016-07-12
Genre: Drama

“The peak of my virtuosity was in the one-act plays—like firecrackers in a rope.” —Tennessee Williams This new collection of fantastic, lesser-known one-acts contains some of Williams’s most potent, comical and disturbing short plays?Upper East Side ladies dine out during the apocalypse in Now the Cats With Jeweled Claws, while the poet Hart Crane is confronted by his mother at the bottom of the ocean in Steps Must Be Gentle. Five previously unpublished plays include A Recluse and His Guest, and The Strange Play, in which we witness a woman’s entire life lived within a twenty-four-hour span. This volume is edited, with an introduction and notes, by the editor, acting teacher, and theater scholar Thomas Keith.

Ludlow Fair and Home Free

Author: Lanford Wilson
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service Inc
ISBN: 0822216280
Release Date: 1993
Genre: Drama

THE STORIES: LUDLOW FAIR. In words of the Village Voice, this ...is a bedtime story about two girl roommates. Rachel is glamorous, fast-living, sometimes lost in her own self-dramatizations; Agnes is plain, matter-of-fact, her shyness masked by a ko

A Hatful of Rain

Author: Michael Vincente Gazzo
Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.
ISBN: 0573610029
Release Date: 1984-01-01
Genre: Drama