The One Exception

by  Tennessee Williams

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  3f

"The One Exception betrays the playwright's desperation in his old age, a terrible fear of loneliness and the cruel isolation of despair." - Bruce Weber, The New York Times

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The One Exception

by  Tennessee Williams

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    3f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

An artist named Kyra has had a complete emotional breakdown and shows barely any signs of recovery. Now under the care of a friendly nurse, Kyra's greatest terror is to be sent to a mental institution. Just days before she is to be committed, Kyra is visited by Viola, an old friend from the art world who has come looking for a loan. Viola offers only "hilarious" updates and gossip about the successes of all the people who abandoned Kyra to her madness, those who left her alone and now judge her as the only one from their group to be a failure - the one exception.

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

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"The One Exception betrays the playwright's desperation in his old age, a terrible fear of loneliness and the cruel isolation of despair." - The New York Times

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: The front room of a private home that looks as if its not ready for occupancy.

Casting

3f
VIOLA
MAY
KYRA
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Cast Attributes

  • All Female

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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 One Exception premiered at the Hartford Stage Company in Hartford, CT in October 2003 under the direction of Michael Wilson.

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