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Suddenly Last Summer - Full Length Play, Drama

Suddenly Last Summer

Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Drama

2m, 5f

ISBN: 9780822210948

In one of Tennessee Williams' most haunting pieces of writing, how far will a mother go to preserve her son's reputation? Presented Off-Broadway with Something Unspoken under the collective title Garden District. 

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$9.00
: DPS Acting Edition

Licensing available for professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Time Period - 1950s

Settings Of Play - Part of a mansion in the Garden District in New Orleans.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Exterior Set

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Catherine Holly has witnessed the murder of her cousin Sebatian, which has sent her to a psychiatric hospital. When Sebastian's mother, Mrs. Venable, invites a psychiatrist to question Catherine about her story, she paints a picture so graphic it's almost unbelievable. Mrs. Venable would rather not believe it and have her son's secrets remain secrets. In one of Tennessee Williams' most haunting pieces of writing, how far will a mother go to preserve her son's reputation?


REVIEWS:

"It represents Mr. Williams at the peak of his talent... his most devastating statement about corruption in the world... a triumphant piece of dramatic literature."  The New York TimesRead More

"A haunting spell that is virtually hypnotic in its compelling power." New York Post

Suddenly Last Summer premiered Off-Broadway in 1958, under the direction of Herbert Machiz.
Characters

CASTING

2m, 5f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

MRS. VENABLE - mother of Sebastian, old and withered. 
CATHERINE HOLLY - neice to Mrs. Venable, has since been admitted to a psychiatric hospital since witnessing the death of her cousin Sebastian.
MISS FOXHILL - Mrs. Venable's maid.
GEORGE HOLLY - Catherine's brother.
SISTER FELICITY - Catherine's caretaker from St. Mary's. 
DR. CUKROWICZ - a young, attractive psychologist.
MRS. HOLLY - Catherine's mother.

Videos
  • Suddenly Last Summer - Southern Rep

Author
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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