Camino Real

by  Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  27m, 12f

"A strange and disturbing drama…as eloquent and rhythmic as a piece of music." — The New York Times

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    27m, 12f
  • Duration

    Duration

    More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    From Broadway
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The dream-like setting is a walled community, from which the characters ceaselessly try to escape, without success. Only Don Quixote, who calls himself "an unashamed victim of romantic folly," has access to the outside. Kilroy is a central figure, an ex-boxer, always the Patsy, the fall guy, who asks so little and always gets short-changed, but he never quits hoping to see the outside. The other principal story is a romance between the aging, hunting Camille and the fading Casanova, who yearns now only for tenderness and faithfulness. There are subdued sequences of tenderness and pathos as well as scenes of cataclysmic violence: the near escape of Kilroy the battle to ride the escape plane; and the wild fiesta to crown the "tired old peacock," Casanova.
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"A strange and disturbing drama…as eloquent and rhythmic as a piece of music. — The New York Times

"Camino Real is a brilliant and riotous adventure. It succeeds in making tangible for all your senses the delirious pains and ecstasy of a wild dream." —NY World-Telegram

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage

License details

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

Production

Details

  • Duration: More than 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: An unspecified Latin-American country.

Casting

27m, 12f
GUTMAN
SURVIVOR
ROSITA
FIRST OFFICER
JACQUES CASANOVA
LA MADRECITA DE LOS PERDIDOS
HER SON
KILROY
FIRST STREET CLEANER
SECOND STREET CLEANER
ABDULLAH
A BUM IN A WINDOW
A. RATT
THE LOAN SHARK
BARON DE CHARLUS
LOBO
SECOND OFFICER
A GROTESQUE MUMMER
MARGUERITE GAUTIER
LADY MULLIGAN
WAITER
LORD BYRON
NAVITGATOR OF THE FUGITIVO
PILOT OF THE FUGITIVO
MARKET WOMAN
SECOND MARKET WOMAN
STREET VENDOR
LORD MULLIGAN
THE GYPSY
ESMERELDA
NURSIE
EVA
HER INSTRUCTOR
ASSISTANT INSTRUCTOR
MEDICAL STUDENT
DON QUIXOTE
SANCHO PANZA
PRUDENCE DUVERNOY
OLYMPE
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Expandable casting
  • Room for Extras

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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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Camino Real premiered on Broadway at the Martin Beck Theater in March 1953 under the direction of Elia Kazan.

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