“I think the peak of my virtuosity was in the one-act plays. Some of which are like fire crackers in a rope,” Williams told director Elia Kazan in 1950 and, true to his word, he proved to be master of the form. The first and last plays written by Williams were one-acts: Beauty is the Word (1930) and The One Exception (1983). During that 53-year span, Tennessee Williams penned over 75 that are now published, more one-act plays than any major American playwright, with the most recent collection, Now the Cats with Jeweled Claws and Other One-Act Plays, released in 2016. The variety of form and content Williams could explore and experiment with in these short works — from eye-popping dramas, black comedies, satire, myth, and sci-fi, to issues of race, sexuality, and gender, in locations from New Orleans to London and the bottom of the ocean to a dystopian future — are staggering and go well beyond what he could accomplish in his primarily commercial full-length plays. Panelists: Beau Bratcher, Augustin J Correro, Bess Rowen, and Henry Schvey. Moderator: Thomas Keith.
SAT 3/25 10:00 AM
Williams Research Center