The Parade, or Approaching the End of a Summer

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

"Williams' words poignantly call forth the passion, and heartbreak of a long-lost summer." - Cape Cod Times

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The Parade, or Approaching the End of a Summer

by  Tennessee Williams

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The Parade, or Approaching the End of a Summer

  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

"Love makes some people charming but it makes me dull." In the summer of 1940 Williams lived in Provincetown, Mass., where he fell in love for the first time - the man was Kip Kiernan, a dancer and Canadian draft dodger. Their affair lasted most of the summer, until Kip broke it off and left with a woman. Williams immediately drafted The Parade, which he finished in the 1960s. This play, which is related to the full-length Something Cloudy, Something Clear, not only presents a completely unguarded story about gay men, but also a portrait of passions unrequited and passions denied, that reveals the depth of compassion which can be found in friendship.

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

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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Williams' words poignantly call forth the passion, and heartbreak of a long-lost summer." - Cape Cod Times

Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1940s / WWII
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Provincetown, MA, August, 1940.
  • Features / Contains: Period Costumes

Casting

3m, 2f
DICK
DON
MIRIAM
WANDA
POSTMAN
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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 Parade, or Approaching the End of a Summer premiered the First Annual Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in a production by Shakespeare on the Cape Cod in October 2006 under the direction of Jef Hall-Flavin.

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