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Rare Tennessee Williams

Saw a development workshop for a Tennessee Williams’ short story, One Arm. Georgetown University in conjunction with Arena Stage performed it last night and this evening.

After watching the reading of the script, the director and all the actors sit on stage and hear your opinions. You tell them what you liked, what your were confused about, and what you did not like. What fun!

Adapted from a three-hour screenplay that Williams wrote in the early 1970s, famed playwright Moises Kaufman has a lot of work on his hands both reducing the movie yet retaining its themes and style.

Kaufman has a good start. He has authored excellent plays in the past, including Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde33 Variations and is perhaps best known for writing The Laramie Project

We liked a lot of specific scenes. A scene in a penthouse overlooking Central Park in the 1940s in which a repressed gay man has his walls stripped down by the one arm prostitute,  is very real and moving. Other scenes give you insight into the seemlier side of life during the middle of the twentieth century.

This workshop of Kaufman’s adaptation of Williams’ sexually charged potboiler (which premiered at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago), is in advance of its New York premiere this coming Spring. Kaufman will return in the Spring as a featured participant in our Williams’ Centennial Weekend Festivities (March 24–27).

The actor playing the john in the penthouse was pleased with the affect his scene had.

Nick Cornish, who played the One Arm prostitute, was excellent and would be an asset to the show when it opens off-Broadway. He has the body to make people believe in the transformative affects of the character.