Interior: Panic (A One-Act Play)

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  3m, 2f

A stunning precursor to A Streetcar Named Desire.

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Interior: Panic (A One-Act Play)

by  Tennessee Williams

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    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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A stunning precursor to A Streetcar Named Desire, Interior: Panic gives audiences "the eyes of a person in a state of panic," with specifically exaggerated design elements and semi-hallucinated dialogue, within the mind of the vividly dark Blanche Shannon (later renamed DuBois).

Blanche has been staying with her sister, Grace, and brother-in-law, Jack, for several weeks, but has recently fallen into a state of paranoia and anxiety. George, a man Blanche is seeing, has been out of contact for two weeks, and Blanche has begun obsessing over her appearance, hearing faint voices from her past, and fearing each advance of Jack or even Grace. Only when Grace confronts Blanche directly about the possibility of mental illness, does Blanche finally confess her immediate sordid past brought on by the collapse of the family estate, Belle Reve, and questions whether hope has perhaps truly run out.

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

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Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance



  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: The interior of a shotgun cottage in a poor section of New Orleans.


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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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Interior: Panic premiered as a part of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in New Orleans, LA in March 2005 under the direction of Perry Martin.

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