Why Do You Smoke So Much, Lily?

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  2f

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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Why Do You Smoke So Much, Lily?

by  Tennessee Williams

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2f
  • Duration

    Duration

    10 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult
    • Senior

Additional Info

A mother, Mrs. Yorke, and her daughter, Lily, are in disagreement about how Lily spends her time. Her mother tells her that she smokes and reads too much, while Lily believes her mother only wants her to get married and become a part of high society. Once her mother leaves we see it's more than smoking that Lily has a problem keeping control of.

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Smoking Smoking

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: A fashionable apartment in the west end of St. Louis.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

2f
MRS. YORKE - A middle-aged widow of social pretentions
LILY - Her daughter: a frustrated intellectual
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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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Why do you Smoke So Much, Lily? premiered in the production Five by Tenn in New York City in March 2007 under the direction of John Cooper.

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