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Global Theatre: 1945 to 2000 The Drama Resources Text... Wilson and Goldfarb. Theatre: The Lively Art , 7th edition: Chapter 16, pages 371 - 379. Plays... Edward Albee. A Delicate Balance Samuel Beckett. Waiting for Godot David Mamet. Gelngarry Glen Ross Arthur Miller. Death of a Salesman Sam Shepard. Buried Child Neil Simon. Lost In Yonkers Tennesse Williams. Street Car Named Desire GoTo... Global Theatre: 1945 to 2000 The Drama | The American Musical 1. What is Tennessee Williams' (1911-1983) most important work? A Streetcar Named Desire (1947). The tragic story of Blanche DuBois, who lives in a squalid New Orleans tenement with her sister Stella and brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski. See the play synopsis on page 417 of the Appendix. The original production was directed by Elia Kazan (1909-2003) and designed by Jo Mielziner (1901-1976). Two years later the same team would stage Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman . How long did it run? 1 year, 8 months: 742 performances. There have been seven Broadway revivals of Streetcar . 2. Who starred in the original Broadway production? What parts did they play? Jessica Tandy ( Blanche DuBois ), Marlon Brando ( Stanley Kowalski ), and Kim Hunter ( Stella Kowalski ). This production was Brando's first major role. It was also his last Broadway production. The first of his 41 films, The Men , was released in 1950. 3. What was Williams' first major success? The Glass Menagerie (1945). 4. For which two dramas did he receive a Pulitzer prize? A Streetcar Named Desire (1947) and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1954).
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5. Which of his plays is autobiographical? The Glass Menagerie tells the story of Tom Winfield, a stock boy at a St. Louis shoe factory, who yearns to leave home and begin a career as a poet. Williams averaged a new dramatic work every two years. He has been credited with 25 full length plays, over 40 one act scripts, a dozen screen plays, and an opera libretto. Link to Tennessee William's writing credits on the Internet Broadway DataBase. 6. What was Arthur Miller's first major theatrical success? Arthur Miller's (1915-2005 ) first success was All My Sons (1947) -- the story of Joe Keller, who knowingly sent defective cylinder heads to the US Army Air Corps during World War II. Twenty combat fliers (perhaps including one of his two sons) were killed because of his actions. 7. What is his masterpiece? Death of a Salesman (1949) is considered one of America's most significant dramas. The original production was directed by Elia Kazan and designed by Jo Mielziner. See the play synopsis on page 418 of the Appendix. Who is its major character? Willy Loman is the sixty-three year old traveling salesman who believes that back- slapping and perseverance are the keys to success in business and life. Lee J. Cobb created the role in the original New York production. 8. How long did it run in New York? Nearly 2 years: 855 performances. Salesman has had three Broadway revivals which starred George C. Scott (1975), Dustin Hoffman (1984) and Brian Dennehy (1999) as Willy Loman. The Dennehy revival also won the 1999 Tony Award for Best Revival.
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