The Pretty Trap (A Comedy in One Act)

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Comedy  /  2m, 2f

Derived from the final act of The Glass Menagerie, The Pretty Trap brings us to dinner with the Wingfield family and gentleman caller Jim Delaney, but with what Williams calls "a lighter treatment and a different ending."

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The Pretty Trap (A Comedy in One Act)

by  Tennessee Williams

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

Derived from the final act of The Glass Menagerie, The Pretty Trap brings us to dinner with the Wingfield family and gentleman caller Jim Delaney, but with what Williams calls "a lighter treatment and a different ending."

Amanda Wingfield, "a perennial Southern belle transferred to more rigorous climate and conditions," is a single mother of two adult children, Laura and Tom. Both Laura and Tom mystify their mother with their more dreamy demeanors and distance from the refined Southern lifestyle Amanda knew in her girlhood, but tonight Amanda has finally convinced Tom to bring home a friend from work as a potential "gentleman caller" for Laura. The evening gets off to a tense beginning as Laura only very reluctantly comes out of her room and Amanda talks at uncomfortable if vivacious length at dinner. Yet when Jim and Laura are finally left alone, a pure and trusting connection between the two begins to bloom.

A part of the collection The Magic Tower and Other One-Act Plays.

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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: Interior of an apartment.

Casting

2m, 2f
AMANDA WINGFIELD - a perennial southern belle transferred to a more rigorous climate and conditions.
LAURA WINGFIELD - her daughter, a shy sensitive girl of eighteen who "needs to be pushed a little."
TOM WINGFIELD - her son, the dreamy type, who also needs pushing a little.
JIM DELANEY - a gentleman caller, who represents dreams plus action, the man coming toward us. Needs pulling.
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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 Pretty Trap premiered at Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans, LA as a part of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in March 2011 under the direction of Aimee Hayes.

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