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Clothes for a Summer Hotel

Clothes for a Summer Hotel
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service (cover may change)
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 55
Pub. Date: 1981
Edition: Acting
ISBN-10: 0822202212
ISBN-13: 9780822202219
Cast Size: 7-14 female, 9-13 male

About the Play:

Clothes for a Summer Hotel is a full-length drama by Tennessee Williams. F. Scott Fitzgerald visits his wife, Zelda, in a mental hospital in Asheville, N.C. They look back over their lives and relationship in Tennessee Williams' final play to play Broadway in his lifetime.

This haunting, poetic memory play examines the tortured final day of Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, and the wild escapades that preceded their inevitable decline into madness and early death. Clothes for a Summer Hotel begins outside the North Carolina asylum where Zelda is receiving treatment for her mental disorder. She is visited by her husband, Scott, now reduced to hack writing in Hollywood and trying desperately to control his drinking. Their meeting is deeply disturbing for them both, and as Scott realizes that Zelda will never recover, the action shifts to a series of flashbacks which illuminate the causes of their sad plight. We see them in younger, happier, but inescapably destructive days — she in a tempestuous affair with a young French aviator; he matching wits with an acerbic Ernest Hemingway. And, throughout, the drinking, the wild extravagance, and the steady erosion of talent and potential. In the end we are back at the hospital, sure of what must come, but moved by the memory of what once was.

Cast: 7-14 female, 9-13 male, many roles can be doubled

What people say:

"…the writing is graceful, poetic and evocative…." — New York Daily News

"The playwright has not lost his feeling for words and skill in using them…." — Variety

"…moments of brilliant theatricality and some wonderfully written scenes…." — The Hollywood Reporter

About the Playwright:

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), one of the 20th century's most superb writers, was also one of its most successful and prolific. He was born in Columbus, Mississippi, where his grandfather was the Episcopal clergyman. When his father, a travelling salesman, moved with his family to St. Louis some years later, both he and his sister found it impossible to settle down to city life. He entered college during the Depression and left after a couple of years to take a clerical job in a shoe company. He stayed there for two years, spending the evening writing. He entered the University of Iowa in 1938 and completed his course, at the same time holding a large number of part-time jobs of great diversity. He was awarded four New York Drama Critics' Circle Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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