The Traveling Companion

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  3m

"The Traveling Companion offers subtle humor and the affecting story of two people demanding something concrete from each other, along with something more elusive." -David Cuthbert, The Times-Picayune

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The Traveling Companion

by  Tennessee Williams

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

It not incidental that Williams was seventy when he wrote a short play about the relationship between a younger and an older man-an inexperienced hustler full of sexual potency named Beau, and an older, insecure writer named Vieux. Emotional and personal compromise can be assumed in a relationship in which one person is a paid "assistant," "secretary;' or "companion," but here the questions of who is being used or who is using are not so simply decided. With an underlying wit, Williams reveals the common needs that keep traveling companions together.

A part of the collection of The Traveling Companion and Other Plays.

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REVIEWS

"The Traveling Companion offers subtle humor and the affecting story of two people demanding something concrete from each other, along with something more elusive." -David Cuthbert, The Times-Picayune

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Bedroom of a New York hotel facing Central Park.

Casting

3m
VIEUX
BEAU
HOTEL EMPLOYEES
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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 Traveling Companion premiered in a production by the Running Sun Theatre Company at Center Stage in New York City in May 1996 under the direction of John Uecker.

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