Shopping Cart
Your cart is empty.

        We accept PayPal, Visa & Mastercard
        through our secure checkout.

 

Mastercard                              

 

Summer and Smoke

Summer and Smoke
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Biz Staff Pick!
Author: Tennessee Williams
Publisher: Dramatists Play Service
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 82
Pub. Date: 1950
ISBN-10: 0822210975
ISBN-13: 9780822210979
Cast Size: 6 women, 8 men

About the Play:

Summer and Smoke has long been a favourite of acting teachers for Female Monologues, Female/Female Scenes, and Female/Male Scenes.

Summer and Smoke is a full-length drama by Tennessee Williams. A repressed minister's daughter nurses a longtime unrequited love for the boy next door, who grows up into a playboy whose nature is completely at odds with hers. A perennial favourite of summer theatres and schools, the play one of the author's most highly regarded works. Written in the mid-1940s, making it a contemporary of The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams said that Miss Alma, the central character of Summer and Smoke, "may very well be the best female portrait I have drawn in a play."

Summer and Smoke is a simple love story of Alma Winemiller, a somewhat puritanical Southern girl, and John Buchanan, an unpuritanical young doctor. Each is basically attracted to the other but because of their divergent attitudes toward life, each over the course of years is driven away from the other. Not until the end does the doctor realize that the girl's high idealism is ultimately right, and while she is still in love with him, it turns out that neither time nor circumstances will allow the two to come together. Because of the explicit details provided by the author's production notes, the stage directions, and the diagram of the set design, nonprofessionals should have no difficulty in mounting the play effectively.

Summer and Smoke premiered in 1948 at Music Box Theatre on Broadway and has enjoyed numerous revivals and tours. The play has become a favourite scene study vehicle in acting classes and workshops and is regularly performed in regional repertory, college, and community theatre productions.

Cast: 6 female, 8 male

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 received a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1940, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and 1955

Related Products

The Glass Menagerie
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
The Glass Menagerie
Tennessee Williams
The Night of the Iguana
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
The Night of the Iguana
Tennessee Williams
American Blues: Five Short Plays
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
American Blues: Five Short Plays
Tennessee Williams
Camino Real
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Camino Real
Tennessee Williams
Clothes for a Summer Hotel
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Clothes for a Summer Hotel
Tennessee Williams
Orpheus Descending
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Orpheus Descending
Tennessee Williams
27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays
Your Price: $20.95 CDN
27 Wagons Full of Cotton and Other Plays
Tennessee Williams
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
Your Price: $18.95 CDN
A Lovely Sunday for Creve Coeur
Tennessee Williams
Suddenly Last Summer
Your Price: $17.95 CDN
Suddenly Last Summer
Tennessee Williams