Mister Paradise and Other One-Act Plays
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Thirteen previously unpublished short plays now available for the first time.
Tennessee Williams had a distinct talent for writing short plays and, not surprisingly, this remarkable new collection of never-before-published one-acts includes some of his most poignant and hilarious characters: the indefatigable, witty and tough drag queens of And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens...
; the strange little man behind the nom de plume Mister Paradise
; and the extravagant mistress who cheats on her married man in The Pink Bedroom
. Most were written in the 1930s and early 1940s when Williams was already flexing his theatrical imagination. Chosen from over seventy unpublished one-acts, these are some of Williams's finest; several have premiered recently at The Hartford Stage Co., The Kennedy Center, the Manhattan Theatre Club and the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival. Included in this volume:
- These Are the Stairs You Got to Watch
- Mister Paradise
- The Palooka
- Why Do You Smoke So Much, Lily?
- Summer At the Lake
- The Big Game
- The Pink Bedroom
- The Fat Man's Wife
- Thank You, Kind Spirit
- The Municipal Abattoir
- Adam and Eve on a Ferry
- And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens...
Long associated with Williams, acclaimed stage and film actors Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson provide a fresh and challenging foreword for actors, directors, and readers.
""Summer at the Lake" shows the young author contemplating his restlessness and toxic love of his overbearing and manipulative mother." — John Lahr, The New Yorker
"Kudos to Nicholas Rand Moschovakis and David E. Roessel for locating and so ably editing these firecrackers." — Philip C. Kolin, World Literature Today
"The plays have an immediacy and spontaneity that make them akin to snapshots." — Olivia Jane Smith, Gambit Weekly
"Recommended reading." — Modern Words