Williams, Tennessee (aka Thomas Lanier Williams, American playwright, 1911-83), “I Rise in Flame Cried the Phoenix,”
a __-minute drama in English, set on a sunporch at a small retreat in the Alpes Maritimes,
• © 19__ by Tennessee Williams; • in Tennessee Williams’ I Rise in Flame Cried the Phoenix, acting edition (New York: Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 19__), ISBN 0-8222-0551-3, DPS 2475; • script/rights available from Dramatists Play Service, Inc., 440 Park Avenue South, New York City, New York 10016, U.S.A., telephone 212-683-8960, fax 212-213-1539, http://www.dramatists.com. • Cited to present author by Allen L. Hubby via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, March 20, 1997; the citation says,
§ Dramatis Personae Lawrence (m); Frieda (f); Bertha Brett (f)
§ Synopsis “. . . . We see Lawrence at the very end of his career, in fact the very day he dies, and recognize him as the erratic, inspired, ill-tempered genius who was never able to come to terms with life.
§ Comment “The author refers to his work as ‘imaginary.’ The basic facts, however, are well known. . . . ‘[D. H. Lawrence, English novelist, 1885-1930] stands revealed here as the man who, in Mr. Williams’ words, ‘felt the mystery and power of sex, as the primal life urge, and was the life-long adversary of those who wanted to keep the subject locked away in the cellars of prudery.’” • Can pair with “I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow,” a bare-stage drama, 1m; or “A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot,” a comedy, 1m2f + 2 non-speaking m extras).
celebrity, death, dominance, genius, sex, roman a clef.
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