An expansion of Tennessee Williams's earlier one-act play, Confessional, Small Craft Warnings is a kaleidoscopic pastiche of monologues delivered in a spotlight by each of the characters as the action around them becomes frozen and muted. Through them they reveal their loneliness and the emptiness of their existence.
A part of the collection The Theatre of Tennessee Williams Vol. 5
"All the characters seem to be a species unto themselves. Williams is here describing the surviving losers of mankind, the people who pay their dues in suffering and float on life with a modicum of gallant misery. Williams is a writer of enormous compassion- it is a compassion that leads him at times into sentimentality, but it is also a compassion that that opens up doors into bleak and empty hearts." - Clive Barnes, The New York Times
"Instead of giving us pills, Tennessee Williams hands us a glass, if we would but look in it." - The Telegraph
- Mild Adult Themes
- Licensing available for professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.
- Time Period: Not Applicable
- Duration: 105 Minutes
- Setting: A seedy coastal bar in Southern California.
- Additional Features: Not Applicable
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
BILL MCCORKLE - Her ne'er-do-well live-in lover
DOC - An alcoholic
VIOLET - A flirt
STEVE - The middle-aged short order cook
MONK - The congenial bartender
QUENTIN - A washed-up screenwriter and homosexual
BOBBY - A cyclist that Quentin picked up on the road, also homosexual.
- Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)
Small Craft Warnings premiered on April 2, 1972 at the off-Broadway Truck and Warehouse Theatre, under the direction of Richard Altman.