I Can't Imagine Tomorrow

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

In a departure from Tennessee Williams's earlier works, I Can't Imagine Tomorrow employs silence and fragmented discourse in order to express the themes of human dependence, fear and loss. 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Experimental
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Not Applicable
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult

Additional Info

The characters "One" and "Two" are the only friends of one-another. They carry out the same evening ritual of card playing and watching the news on TV in an effort to avoid any real confrontation. "One's" physical deterioration and approaching death forces her to prepare for the inevitable. "Two" resists this change and his consuming fear of losing "One" leads to an emotional breakdown.

A part of the collection The Theatre of Tennessee Williams Vol. 7

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"In a departure from his earlier works, I Can't Imagine Tomorrow employs silence and fragmented discourse in order to express the themes of human dependence, fear and loss." - Playbill.com

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

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

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: In One's home.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
  • Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)

Casting

1m, 1f
ONE - Two's only friend. Female
TWO - One's only friend. Male
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Cast Attributes

  • Not Applicable

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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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I Can't Imagine Tomorrow premiered on television in 1970. It received it's first stage production in Bar Harbor, ME in 1971.

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