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Stairs to the Roof - Full Length Play, Drama

Stairs to the Roof

Tennessee Williams

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Full Length Play, Drama

16m, 8f

ISBN: 9780811214353

Much of the play is set in a shirt factory in St. Louis and chronicles the daily frustrations of white-collar workers who find themselves stuck in dead-end jobs that stifle creativity. 

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$11.95
: Acting Edition

Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Settings Of Play - Multiple locations

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

TAGS

Business, Love

TARGET AUDIENCE

Adult

PERFORMANCE GROUP

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

Much of the play is set in a shirt factory in St. Louis and chronicles the daily frustrations of white-collar workers who find themselves stuck in dead-end jobs that stifle creativity. Williams' protagonist, Benjamin Murphy, finds release through frequent trips to the washroom, where he writes poetry, and through a romantic affair with a co-worker. He finds his ultimate escape hatch when he discovers an unused staircase that leads to the roof -- and a wide world beyond. William's called it a prayer for the wild of heart who are kept in cages and dedicated it to all the wage earners of the world. It features a fantastic, sci-fi style ending that predates the likes of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Star Trek by several decades. The theme is clear and still resounds today: whether man can control technology or technology controls man.


Stairs to the Roof premiered at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, CA in February 1947 under the direction of Gilmor Brown.

Characters

CASTING

16m, 8f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Room for Extras

CASTING NOTES

Plus ensemble of office workers, choral voices, offstage speakers, carnival crowd, and a barker.

MR. GUM ALFRED
JOHNNIE - the office boy
A DESIGNER
BENJAMIN D. MURPHY
MR. WARREN B. THATCHER
THE GIRL
JIM
THE BARTENDER
BERTA
ALMA - Ben's wife
HELEN
A YOUNG SOLDIER
EDNA - Jim's wife
THE POLICEMAN
A VAGRANT
THE NIGHT WATCHMAN - also plays THE ZOOKEPER
TWO ZOO GUARDS
THE CLOWN
FIRST MUMMER - reader
BEAUTY
THE BEAST
MRS. HOTCHKISS
ALMA's MOTHER
MESSERS. P, D, Q, T - company stockholders
MR. E

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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