February 17, 2006

Letters from Tennessee (Williams, that is)

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It is easy, after reading one of his plays, to think of prolific playwright Tennessee Williams as indescribably brilliant. We read, some years ago, The Rose Tattoo, and found the entire play/movie springing full bloom to the mind. One wonders how such brilliant, evocative writing interplays with the creativity of actors undertaking to reproduce the roles. Is it easier? Are there concerns about "doing the writing justice"? One suspects it may be both.

One of the things that artists do is to communicate; very often, they let their art speak for itself. And, just as often, we the audience are not so lucky as to know what's on their minds. We were excited, therefore, to come across a series of Tennessee Williams letters that we think you'll enjoy, too. Here, we "hear" events unfold during the development of A Streetcar Named Desire, as "TW" reworks and refocuses Streetcar, as he discovers:

A new value came out of Brando's reading which was by far the best reading I have ever heard.

There's more, much of it more real, more poignant, than one would normally expect to hear. From The Independent Online, The Tennessee Williams letters.

The above apparently are excerpts from two volumes available from OberonBooks.com. We'd give you the precise page, but <sigh> they've seen fit to design their website such that it can't be done; just use the search box on the left.

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