Orpheus Descending and Suddenly Last Summer by Tennessee WilliamsOrpheus Descending is a love story, a plea for spiritual and artistic freedom, as well as a portrait of racism and intolerance. When charismatic drifter Valentine Xavier arrives in a Mississippi Delta town with his guitar and snakeskin jacket, he becomes a trigger for hatred and a magnet for three outcast souls: storekeeper Lady Torrance, “lewd vagrant” Carol Cutrere, and religious visionary Vee Talbot.
Suddenly Last Summer, described by its author as a “short morality play,” has become one of his most notorious works due in no small part to the film version starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, and Montgomery Clift that shocked audiences in 1959. A menacing tale of madness, jealousy, and denial,the horrors in Suddenly Last Summer build to a heart-stopping conclusion.
With perceptive new introductions by playwright Martin Sherman — he reframes Orpheus Descending in a political context and explores the psychology and sensationalism surrounding Suddenly Last Summer — this volume also offers Williams’s related essay, “The Past, the Present, and the Perhaps,” and a chronology of the playwright’s life and works.
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Suddenly Last Summer is a one-act play by Tennessee Williams. It opened off Broadway on January 7, , as part of a double bill with another of Williams' one-acts, Something Unspoken written in The presentation of the two plays was given the overall title Garden District , but Suddenly Last Summer is now more often performed alone. Violet Venable, an elderly socialite widow from a prominent local family, has invited a doctor to her home. She talks nostalgically about her son Sebastian, a poet who died under mysterious circumstances in Spain the previous summer.
The play was not a success; premiering on Broadway on March 21, it closed after two months of negative reviews. Already suffering from depression, Williams underwent an intense period of psychoanalysis, the results of which are often read into his subsequent and off-Broadway work, Suddenly Last Summer. The thematic implications of this apparent exercise have dominated critical discussion of Suddenly. Both Ronald Hayman and Michael S. Most readings maintain this focus on the role of Sebastian as a repressed homosexual—variously martyr, saint, and sadist—and on the implications of that sexuality to his relationships with his cousin Catharine and his mother. In its invocation of Christian mythology and symbolic cannibalism—and in its dramatization of desire as atonement and self-sacrifice, the story seems to foreground the themes of repression, homosexual desire, and sacrifice so frequently identified in Suddenly Last Summer. Such interpretations engage with the biographical background of the dramas and with prominent, consistent themes across the works.
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