These Are The Stairs You Got to Watch

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  5m, 3f

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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These Are The Stairs You Got to Watch

by  Tennessee Williams

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 3f
  • Duration


    10 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

A young movie theater usher is being shown around on his first day on the job by an older usher. He warns him about letting people up into the balcony and box seats. But beyond that the older usher hints that their manager is not to be trusted. When push comes to shove, the older usher loses it and goes up the stairs himself ripping off his uniform along the way. 

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
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  • Reader's Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: The entrance of the Joy RIo, a third-rate cinema which used to be a great old opera house.
  • Additional Features: No intermission


5m, 3f
CARL - a cinema usher
BOY - a newly hired usher
GLADYS - a girl
MAN - an older patron
GIRL - a friend of Gladys
MR. KROGER - the cinema manager
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Casting Notes

The play can be performed with up to three policeman.



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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These are the Stairs You Got to Watch premiered at theKennedy Center in a production by the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC in April 2004 under the direction of Michael Kahn.

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