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A Streetcar Named Desire
After losing a plantation in her family for decades, Blanch Dubois goes to the elesian fields in New Orleans. To stay with her sister and brother-in-law. Blanch has a drinking problem,and often creates illusions to hide herself from her harsh reality, such as her ex-husband's suicide. Stella, Blanch's sister, puts her in a mental hospital. ...
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof
Big Daddy, a great owner of lands in Mississipi, is dying of cancer and his family around him want to inherit the fortune. He's got two sons, Gooper and Brick. Gooper, the older son, has the papers to get the money but wants it all only for him, his wife Mae and his children. On the other side, Margaret, Brick's wife, also fights like "a cat on a hot tin roof" for the fortune, faking a pregnancy. However, Big Daddy's most beloved son, Brick, is no...
Memoirs
Williams talks about his Mississippi childhood and his youth and early manhood in St. Louis. Some of what happened in St. Louis was useful in the construction of his first great dramatic success, The Glass Menagerie. He tells how there was no money for him to go to college, until his grand parents came through with a thousand dollars in time for him to enter the University of Missouri. He talks about his homosexuality, his alcoholism and his addi...
Something Unspoken - Garden District 1
Two different one-act plays by Tennessee Williams were performed in 1959 with the generic title of 'Garden District'. The first one, 'Something unspoken', tells the story of an elder woman, Cornelia Scott, and her desire to be named president of a society club called the Daughters of the Confederation. She's sitting at home making and getting calls from the saloon where the voting is taking place. She's being accompanied by her secretary, Grace Lancaster...

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Suddenly Last Summer - Garden District 2
This one-act play by Tennessee Williams (performed in 1959 along with 'Something Unspoken') , has the finding of the truth at the core of its drama: Mrs. Venable, a rich and old widow, wants the truth of the death of her son Sebastian to be hidden or reinvented. The only witness of the death was her niece Catherine Holly, and the story she's being telling everyone is too hard to be accepted by the mother: Sebastian might have been assassinated, after bei...
The Glass Menagerie
The Glass Menagerie is a play written by Tennessee Williams. The action takes place in the Wingfield's apartment in St. Louis, 1937. Tom Wingfield, who usually stands on the fire escape delivering his monologues, is the play's narrator. The play centers around Tom, his mother Amanda, and his sister Laura. Amanda's husband left the family years earlier, leaving Tom responsible for earning the wages that supports the family. He works at the Contine...
The Red Devil Battery Sign
The main character is holed up in a hotel in Texas after the Kennedy assassination. Whether she is sane or crazy is left up in the air. She claims to have certain papers proving who is behind the assassination, and is being followed by the Red Devil Battery company, which is mentioned in some way in the papers. She is carrying on a love affair with a man from a neighboring suburb. With a Mariachi band, a conspiracy theory, and a pack of violent boys, thi...


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