Sweet Bird of Youth by Tennessee WilliamsAs New York Newsday describes: Its two central characters are the Princess, an aging motion picture actress, and Chance Wayne, a young hustler whom she has picked up. Taking advantage of her drunkenness and his youth and good looks, he manages to lure her to the Southern town of his birth in order to see again a young girl with whom he has had an affair and whom he still loves. Word of his arrival spreads like contagion through the small town. A lot of plot; trouble ensues.
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Sweet Bird of Youth
It was his second-to-last big success. The original production closed January 30, , after performances. When the play opened, the frank depictions of various corruptions were considered somewhat shocking. Touching on familiar themes for Williams including lost youth and aging, loneliness, sex, and pretending to be what one is not , Sweet Bird of Youth was inspired in part by his own life, though not autobiographical. Williams had written at least eight versions of the play.
Though Tennessee Williams's Sweet Bird of Youth was his biggest box office success since Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , the play came to be regarded as an example of the playwright in decline. It was his second-to-last big success. The original production closed January 30, , after performances. When the play opened, the frank depictions of various corruptions were considered somewhat shocking. Touching on familiar themes for Williams including lost youth and aging, loneliness, sex, and pretending to be what one is not , Sweet Bird of Youth was inspired in part by his own life, though not autobiographical.
Sign in. Drifter Chance Wayne returns to his hometown after many years of trying to make it in the movies. Arriving with him is a faded film star he picked up along the way, Alexandra Del Lago. While trying to get her help to make a screen test, he also finds the time to meet his former girlfriend Heavenly, the daughter of the local politician Tom 'Boss' Finley, who more or less forced him to leave the town many years ago. After unsuccessfully trying his luck in Hollywood, charming gigolo Chance Wayne wanders back to his hometown, accompanied by Alexandra Del Lago, a movie star on the wane. Chance quickly falls back into his old rut -- he's still smitten with his former sweetheart, Heavenly Finley, but her thuggish brother and her crooked politician father both hate him. When Alexandra leaves town, Chance is left with little more than trouble.
Sweet Bird of Youth Summary & Study Guide Description
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Sweet Bird of Youth is a play by Tennessee Williams which tells the story of a gigolo and drifter, Chance Wayne, who returns to his home town as the companion of a faded movie star, Alexandra Del Lago travelling incognito as Princess Kosmonopolis , whom he hopes to use to help him break into the movies. The main reason for his homecoming is to get back what he had in his youth: primarily, his old girlfriend, whose father had run him out of town years before. The play was written for Tallulah Bankhead , a good friend of Williams. Sweet Bird of Youth originated circa as two plays: a two-character version of the final play featuring only Chance and the Princess, and a one-act play titled The Pink Bedroom that was later developed into Act Two of the play, featuring Boss Finley and his family. Failed St. Cloud, Mississippi, native son Chance Wayne has fled his home town, seeking to profit from his beauty and youth in New York or Hollywood whichever of the two.
Sweet Bird of Youth opens in a hotel room in St. Cloud, Florida. In bed are Princess Kosmonopolis the alias of aging actress Alexandra del Lago and Chance Wayne, who has come back to his hometown. While the actress sleeps, Chance drinks coffee. George Scudder appears at the door, wanting to know why Chance has returned. When Chance informs him he wants to see his mother and his girlfriend, Heavenly Finley, Scudder tells Chance that his mother recently died and was buried, and that something has happened to Heavenly.
It is morning at the Royal Palms Hotel in St. Cloud, a town on the Gulf Coast. Chance Wayne wakes up next to the middle-aged woman with whom he has been traveling. Getting out of bed, he tries to cure his hangover while she goes on sleeping. As he does so, Dr.