Every Twenty Minutes (A Satire)

by  Tennessee Williams

10 Minute Play, Drama  /  1m, 1f

An unnamed couple, Man and Woman, are relaxing in their chic city apartment after a late party, when the Woman comes across a startling statistic…

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Every Twenty Minutes (A Satire)

by  Tennessee Williams

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    1m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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"Are you really alive?"
"I think so."
"But you're not absolutely sure of it?"
"We can't be sure of anything these days"

An unnamed couple, Man and Woman, are relaxing in their chic city apartment after a late party, when the Woman comes across a startling statistic: "every twenty minutes somebody in America kills himself." The Man is unimpressed, reflecting that he and his wife belong to "the generation of fish: We sink or swim and nobody gives a damn which." The Woman, however, fights her husband's glib resignation and searches instead for some remaining glimmer of life.

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

Production

Details

  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: The corner of a fashionable city apartment.

Casting

1m, 1f
A WOMAN
A MAN
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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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Every Twenty Minutes (A Satire) premiered at Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans, LA as a part of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in September 2011 under the direction of Aimee Hayes.

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