The Pronoun “I” (a short work for the lyric theatre)

by  Tennessee Williams

10 Minute Play, Comedy  /  4m, 1f

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

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The Pronoun “I” (a short work for the lyric theatre)

by  Tennessee Williams

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The Pronoun “I” (a short work for the lyric theatre)

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

A parody of classical forms and contemporary mores, this "short work for the lyric theatre" concerns the reign of haggard old "Mad Queen May" of England. Disguised behind a mask, the hag is actually the young and beautiful "Fair Queen May." Her narcissistic and nearly naked young lover, the poet Dominique, can only begin his terrible poems with the pronoun 'J.' Queen May can only watch as revolt and anarchy bring her reign to an end, but she is energized by the arrival of a "Handsome Young Revolutionary" who steals into the castle to murder her. A campy frolic with touches of absurdity, The Pronoun 'I' ends with a mob scene and a lover's embrace.

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

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

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  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: Some centuries past. The throne room and Queen's bedchamber.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

4m, 1f
MAD QUEEN MAY
DOMINIQUE - her young lover and a poet
AYOUNG REVOLUTIONARY
A COURTIER
LEADER OF THE MOB
A NUMBER OF BEDRAGGLED MOBSTERS INTENT UPON THE QUEEN'S DESTRUCTION
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Casting Notes

Plus a dozen mobsters

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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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The Pronoun "I"  premiered at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown, MA in September 2007 under the direction of Julie Atlas Muz.

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