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
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- Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
- Setting: 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
CLARE - an actor on tour; sister to Felice
FELICE - an actor on tour; brother to Clare
- Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
The Two Character Play premiered at the Quaigh Theatre in New York City in August 1975 under the direction of Bill Lentsch.