The Two Character Play (Out Cry)

by  Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

Reality and fantasy are interwoven with terrifying power in one of Tennessee Williams’ most personal, mystifying, haunting, provocative, and oftern funny works.

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The Two Character Play (Out Cry)

by  Tennessee Williams

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.

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Reviews

REVIEWS

“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

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Licensing available for professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.

Production

Details

  • 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 

Casting

1m, 1f

CLARE - an actor on tour; sister to Felice
FELICE - an actor on tour; brother to Clare

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle)
  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

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 capp ...

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The Two Character Play premiered at the Quaigh Theatre in New York City in August 1975 under the direction of Bill Lentsch.

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