Mister Paradise: And Other One-Act Plays

Mister Paradise: And Other One-Act Plays

by Tennessee Williams
     
 

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Thirteen previously unpublished short plays now available for the first time.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

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Thirteen previously unpublished short plays now available for the first time.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 Chosen from over seventy unpublished one-acts, these are some of Williams's finest; several have premiered recently at The Hartford Stage Co., The Kennedy Center, the Manhattan Theatre Club and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 WatchMister ParadiseThe PalookaEscapeWhy Do You Smoke So Much, Lily? Summer At the LakeThe Big GameThe Pink BedroomThe Fat Man's WifeThank You, Kind SpiritThe Municipal AbattoirAdam and Eve on a FerryAnd 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.

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Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker - John Lahr
“"Summer at the Lake" shows the young author contemplating his restlessness and toxic love of his overbearing and manipulative mother.”
World Literature Today - Philip C. Kolin
“Kudos to Nicholas Rand Moschovakis and David E. Roessel for locating and so ably editing these firecrackers.”
Gambit Weekly - Olivia Jane Smith
“The plays have an immediacy and spontaneity that make them akin to snapshots.”
Modern Words
“Recommended reading.”
John Lahr - The New Yorker
“"Summer at the Lake" shows the young author contemplating his restlessness and toxic love of his overbearing and manipulative mother.”
Philip C. Kolin - World Literature Today
“Kudos to Nicholas Rand Moschovakis and David E. Roessel for locating and so ably editing these firecrackers.”
Olivia Jane Smith - Gambit Weekly
“The plays have an immediacy and spontaneity that make them akin to snapshots.”
Library Journal
Here, two master playwrights make encore appearances. Columbus, associate director of the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, offers new translations of Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, The Seagull, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard, giving audiences a genuine theatrical experience rather than a guided tour through a museum. These are "actorly" texts, i.e., they are easy to read and recite. Previous translations, though (mostly) of high literary quality, were deeply rooted in the scholar's garden; Columbus, however, has gone a long way toward pruning the text and allowing the playwright's lively and engaging dialog to shine through. The introduction describes the process of translation and Columbus's approach to production. Recommended for libraries of all types. Less engaging are the 13 previously unpublished one-act plays of Williams, which editors Moschovakis and Roessel-collaborators on The Collected Poems of Tennessee Williams-exhumed from the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (Austin, TX) and the Department of Special Collections at UCLA's University Research Library. Granted, this anthology embodies the youthful Williams, only hinting at the mature playwright to come, yet it's hard to read some of the plays without thinking that they amount to bad Hemingway. Nevertheless, university libraries supporting theater programs will want to purchase this once the amateur performance rights become available, as will holders of New Directions' The Theatre of Tennessee Williams.-Larry Schwartz, Minnesota State Univ. Lib., Moorhead Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811216203
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
04/01/2005
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,123,666
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

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Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is the acclaimed author of many books of letters, short stories, poems, essays, and a large collection of plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana, and The Rose Tattoo.

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