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Eccentricities of a Nightingale, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Eccentricities of a Nightingale, The

Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Drama

5m, 5f

ISBN: 9780822203490

One of our master playwright's most hauntingly beautiful plays, as produced on Broadway, and now made widely available for the first time. 

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$9.00
: DPS Acting Edition

Licensing available for professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.

Description

Full Length Play

Drama

More than 120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1910s / WWI

Settings Of Play - Glorious Hill, MS. Just before WWI.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

RECOGNITION / AWARDS

From Broadway

The action takes place in Glorious Hill, Mississippi, shortly before the First World War. Alma Winemiller, a sensitive and lonely young woman, has become increasingly restive and disturbed by the fear that she will remain a spinster. Hemmed in by her stern minister father, and her deranged mother, she makes a final, and almost desperate attempt to win the man of her choice—a young doctor whose social-climbing mother frowns on his attachment to Alma. The play centers on the complex relationship between these two; her touching attempts to sway his emotions; and his uncertainty as to where his heart should lead him. In the end there is to be only one truly beautiful moment between them—for neither can break the ties of family and position which draw them apart and which, inevitably, defeat Alma's hopes for a new and fuller life.

REVIEWS

"This is a warm, rich play full of that compassion and understanding and that simple poetry of the heart that is Mr. Williams at his shining, gentle best." —The New York Times

"…representative of Williams at his most wonderful…the sheer poetry of his language still comes with surprise." —NY Post

"…a powerful, more often than not heart-rending tale of a spinster undone by dreams…some moments exhale a poetry beyond description." —NY Magazine


The Eccentricities of a Nightingale premiered on Broadway at the Morosco Theater in November 1976 under the direction of Edwin Sherin.

Characters

CASTING

5m, 5f

ALMA WINEMILLER
THE REV. WINEMILLER
MRS. WINEMILLER
MRS. BUCHANAN
JOHN BUCHANAN JR.
ROGER DOREMUS
MRS. BASETT
ROSEMARY
VERNON
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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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