2… Tennessee Williams

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Southern Drama,
inspired by Tennessee Williams

I don’t want realism. I want magic!
-Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

The second chapter of “The Stalker Chronicles” was inspired by Tennessee Williams in the style of a Southern Drama, featuring a mad heroine.   This genre of theatre is characterized by the portrayal of the loneliness of life.  There is an emphasis on the irrational, the desperation of humanity in a universe in which cosmic laws do not work, and their tragi-comic examination of the conflicts between the gentility of old Southern values and the brute force of new, Northern values.


The Wine Drinkers,
a poem by Tennessee Williams

the wine drinkers

The wine-drinkers sit on the porte cochère in the sun.
Their lack of success in love has made them torpid.
They move their fans with a motion that stirs no feather,
the glare of the sun has darkened their complexions.

Let us commend them on their conversations.
One says “oh” and the other says “indeed.”

The afternoon must be prolonged forever,
because the night will be impossible for them.
They know that the bright and very delicate needles
inserted beneath the surfaces of their skins
will work after dark–at present are drugged, are dormant.

Nobody dares to make any sudden disturbance.

One says “no,” the other one murmurs “why?”
The cousins pause: tumescent.
What do they dream of? Murder?
They dream of lust and they long for violent action
but none occurs.
Their quarrels perpetually die from a lack of momentum
The light is empty: the sun forestalls reflection.


tennessee-williamsTENNESSEE WILLIAMS

Born on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi, Thomas Lanier Williams, later to be known as Tennessee Williams, was to become a critically acclaimed American playwright for his works of drama.  He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for both “A Streetcar Named Desire” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”   Williams struggled with frequent bouts of depression and alcoholism, which are prevalent themes in his writings.  He had a close relationship with his sister, Rose, who suffered from schizophrenia from a young age.  This also clearly influenced Williams writing of a “mad heroine,” which is a theme that appears in many of his plays.


FURTHER READING:

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennessee_Williams
The Wine Drinkers Poem: http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/the-wine-drinkers/
Imagination: http://www.imagi-nation.com/moonstruck/clsc9.htm

       

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