Small Craft Warnings

by  Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Drama  /  6m, 2f

Small Craft Warnings centers on a motley group of people gathered in a seedy coastal bar in Southern California.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    6m, 2f
  • Duration


    105 Minutes
  • SubGenre


    Not Applicable
  • Accolades


    From Off-Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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

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"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 


Performing Groups

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


  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes

License details

  • 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)


6m, 2f
LEONA DAWSON - A lusty, needy beautician
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.
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



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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Small Craft Warnings premiered on April 2, 1972 at the off-Broadway Truck and Warehouse Theatre, under the direction of Richard Altman. 

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