Scheffer, Will (American playwright, 19__- ), "Tennessee and Me,"
© 1997 by Will Scheffer, script/rights available from playwright, in care of Ensemble Studio Theatre, West 52nd Street, New York City.
Synopsis "In this brief one-man play, a strutting male prostitute from Bensonhurst, played with an ingratiating ease and virility by Joseph Siravo, recounts his possession by the spirit of Tennesee Williams. But it is not to relive the triumphs of this theater days that Williams has returned. 'I've come back for love, baby,' the possessed hooker drawls, 'and you have the body to get it for me.' Mr. Scheffer is deftly assisted by the director, Bob Balaban, in this sendup of an artist's basic instincts. (There is an amusing interlude in which the ghost of Truman Capote, whiny even in the afterlife, drops by for a chat.)
Comment "But the playlet is also a tribute to dead poets and all the wishes and impulses that die with them. Standing behind a translucent projection of the playwright, Mr. Siravo movingly invokes Williams's own words in a final benediction."- Peter Marks, The New York Times, Monday, May 12, 1997, p. B2. Premiered in Marathon '97, by Ensemble Studio Theatre, West 52nd Street, New York City, in its 20th annual festival of new one-act plays.
Themes celebrity, ghost, poet, prostitution,
reincarnation, Tennessee Williams, Truman Capote, theatre.
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