The Purification

by  Tennessee Williams

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  5m, 2f, 1girl(s)

A part of the collection 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    5m, 2f, 1girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

In the 19th century American west, a community gathers for a murder trial. As the Judge attempts to hear all sides, the murdered woman appears as she might have been seen. Written in verse.

A part of the collection 27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

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

License details

  • Licensing available for professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.

Production

Details

  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting: A bare room.

Casting

5m, 2f, 1girl(s)
THE JUDGE - An aristocratic rancher of middle age.
THE SON - A youth of twenty, handsome, irrationally tense of feeling.
THE MOTHER - Pure blooded Castillian with iron-gray hair. She is dressed in mourning.
THE FATHER - All nd gaunt, a steady wine drinker. Brooding and slow of movement.
THE RANCHER FROM CASA ROJO - The burnt-out shell of a longing that drove to violence. His blood is coarser than the people of Casa Blanca. But he is a man of dignity and force.
LUISA - An American Indian servant woman. Some Spanish blood. She wears a good deal of jewlery and a brialliant shawl.
AN AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH
A CHORUS OF THREE MEN AND THREE WOMEN - Ranchers.
THE GUITAR PLAYER - He wears a domino and scarlet-lined cape. He sits on a stool beside the wide arched doorway.
ELENA OF THE SPRINGS / THE DESERT ELENA - Two visions of the same charcter, the lost girl.
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Casting Notes

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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 Purification premiered at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (formerly known as the Theatre De Lys) in New York City in December 1959 under the direction of Tom Brennan.

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