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Mister Paradise - Short Play, Drama

Mister Paradise

Tennessee Williams

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Short Play, Drama

1m, 1f

ISBN: 9780811216203

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One-Act Plays

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: Mister Paradise and Other Plays

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Short Play


10 minutes

Settings Of Play - A squalid residence in New Orleans' French Quarter.


No intermission

Interior Set


Adult, Senior


College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

A young woman visits the old home of a dying poet, Anthony Paradise. She begs him to come out of his home and present his work once more, but he refuses to be remembered until after he has died.

Mister Paradise premiered as a part of the Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival in March 2005 under the direction of Perry Martin.



1m, 1f


Parts for Senior Actors

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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Bradley Troll 4/23/2013 4:31 PM
Williams allows himself time on the proverbial soap box in this elegant one-act, somehow avoiding the didactic and achieving a brief-though-poignant character study.  When a young, idealistic poet from the upscale Garden District of New Orleans decides to brave the then-slums of the French Quarter in search of a reclusive poet, she finds that perhaps art cannot conquer the cynical reality of life.  Arriving at the door with only a small book of verse (found, appropriately, in an antique shop wedged beneath a table leg for balance), the bright-eyed writer somewhat benevolently greets the author and announces her intention to return him to the literary spotlight.  She is taken aback, only slightly, by the disheveled state of the poet, but chalks it up to a life more bohemian than her own.

After the titular character gives the girl enough rope, he begins to slowly explain why he will not make “a return” to the literary world.  It is in this message that Williams offers his commentary on art and on our ever-increasing indifference to the culture we leave behind.  As Mr. Paradise monologues about society’s fascination with violence over beauty, he becomes a Tennessee Williams of another life, a writer who, like so many, lived and died for his art without recognition.  Though Williams’ voice is clear in Paradise’s words, he still allows the audience to decide if Mr. Paradise is speaking the truth or lamenting his own missed opportunities.  Like many of Williams’ one acts, Mr. Paradise cuts right to the message while still allowing the actors well-rounded, interesting characters to play; it’s Williams in concentrated form.  

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