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Two Character Play, The (Out Cry) - Full Length Play, Drama

Two Character Play, The (Out Cry)

Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Drama

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780811211376

Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power in one of Tennessee Williams’ most personal, mystifying, haunting, provocative, and oftern funny works.

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Theatre of Tennessee Williams: Volume 5, The

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Full Length Play



120 minutes (2 hours)

Settings Of Play - Before and after the performance: An evening in an unspecified locality.
During the performance: A nice afternoon in a deep Southern town called New Bethesda 


Bare Stage/Simple Set




College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Finding themselves deserted by their troupe and faced with an audience expecting a performance, actor/siblings Clare and Felice enact The Two-Character Play. As they dip in and out of performance, they find it difficult to differentiate themselves from their roles and reality from illusion. Also known as "Out Cry". 

A part of the collection The Theatre of Tennessee Williams Vol. 5.


The Two-Character Play, Tennessee Williams’s rarely seen fever dream of an eternal folie à deux, [doesn't] just strike sparks. [It's] a raging conflagration that keeps changing form and direction." - The New York Times

"Williams expanded his vision of theatre as a protean art, plastic and political, as fluid as film and as structurally solid as sculpture." - The New Yorker

"The writing feels almost avant-garde at times, but the author isn’t some young hot shot from the Yale School of Drama — it’s Tennessee Williams. “The Two-Character Play,” ... may not be among his masterpieces, but its Gothic-grotesque vibe weaves a compelling spell..." - New York Post

The Two Character Play premiered at the Quaigh Theatre in New York City in August 1975 under the direction of Bill Lentsch.



1m, 1f


Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

CLARE - an actor on tour; sister to Felice
FELICE - an actor on tour; brother to Clare

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capped by A Streetcar Named Desire, one of the most influential works of modern ... view full profile

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