The Night of the Iguana

by  Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Drama  /  8m, 6f

"An awesome and powerful new drama." —NY World Telegram & Sun

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    8m, 6f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

John McClain's outline of "Within the brokendown environs of a cheap Mexican resort hotel [Williams] has created a mood of pervading loneliness and despair as intrusive as the Equinoxial storm that stirs sudden lightning flashes and gushes through the tattered room. The desolation, the emptiness are in his people: the tough, sex-starved widow who runs the hotel; the neurotic, defrocked minister, and the gentle maiden lady from New England. Thrown together in this squalid setting their human needs become explicit, and from their conflicts comes the realization that life must be endured, and that the spirit will somehow survive even beyond the limits of anguish. Mr. Williams veers off in many philosophic directions in this searing pastorale, but he is chiefly concerned with the relationship of the Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon and Miss Hannah Jelkes, the sad, fortyish lady who travels the world with her grandfather ('the oldest practicing poet in the world'), painting quick portraits, for a fee, while the nonagenarian recites poetry to hotel guests. Rev. Shannon, having been relieved of his cloth for sexual irregularities, has landed at the Costa Verde hotel, near Acapulco, on the verge of one of his periodic mental breakdowns. The proprietress, an old friend, is prepared to offer him a bed and will, in fact, share it with him if he wishes. But then Miss Jelkes and her grandpa arrive, penniless but prepared to offer their services to the guests in return for lodging. There is a strange and immediate rapport between the discredited cleric and the lonely artist. The play's most poignant moments—scenes of enormous compassion—grow out of the understanding of these two people, their mutual need for companionship and roots, their final moments of nobility in small gestures of unselfishness to aid one another."
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"An awesome and powerful new drama. —NY World Telegram & Sun

"…Williams' most mature work." —NY Daily News

"…the most fruitful and versatile exercise by our best living playwright." —NY Journal-American

"…Tennessee Williams at the top of his form." —The New York Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

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

Production

Details

  • Setting: Sumer of 1940 in the Costa Verde Hotel in Puerto Barrio, on the west coast of Mexico.

Casting

8m, 6f
PANCHO
MAXINE FAULK
PEDRO
THE REVEREND T. LAWRENCE SHANON
WOLFGANG
HILDA
HERR FAHRENKOPF
FRAU FAHRENKOPF
HANK
MISS JUDITH FELLOWES
HANAH JELKES
CHARLOTTE GOODALL
NONNO
JAKE LATTA
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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 Night of the Iguana premiered on Broadway at the Royale Theatre in December 1961 under the direction of Frank Corsaro.

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