Suddenly Last Summer

by  Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 5f

In one of Tennessee Williams' most haunting pieces of writing, how far will a mother go to preserve her son's reputation? Presented Off-Broadway with Something Unspoken under the collective title Garden District. 

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 5f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Catherine Holly has witnessed the murder of her cousin Sebatian, which has sent her to a psychiatric hospital. When Sebastian's mother, Mrs. Venable, invites a psychiatrist to question Catherine about her story, she paints a picture so graphic it's almost unbelievable. Mrs. Venable would rather not believe it and have her son's secrets remain secrets. In one of Tennessee Williams' most haunting pieces of writing, how far will a mother go to preserve her son's reputation?
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Reviews

REVIEWS:

"It represents Mr. Williams at the peak of his talent... his most devastating statement about corruption in the world... a triumphant piece of dramatic literature." – The New York Times, Read More

"A haunting spell that is virtually hypnotic in its compelling power." – New York Post

Videos

  • Suddenly Last Summer - Southern Rep
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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

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

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1950s
  • Setting: Part of a mansion in the Garden District in New Orleans.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

2m, 5f

MRS. VENABLE - mother of Sebastian, old and withered. 
CATHERINE HOLLY - neice to Mrs. Venable, has since been admitted to a psychiatric hospital since witnessing the death of her cousin Sebastian.
MISS FOXHILL - Mrs. Venable's maid.
GEORGE HOLLY - Catherine's brother.
SISTER FELICITY - Catherine's caretaker from St. Mary's. 
DR. CUKROWICZ - a young, attractive psychologist.
MRS. HOLLY - Catherine's mother.

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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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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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Suddenly Last Summer premiered Off-Broadway in 1958, under the direction of Herbert Machiz.

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