Something Cloudy, Something Clear

Something Cloudy, Something Clear

Tennessee Williams

Language: English

Pages: 52

ISBN: 082221475X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


The playwright dramatizes his experiences in Cape Cod during the pivotal summer of 1940, when he met his first great love and openly acknowledged his homosexuality.

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Yes, you girls go. Hold the taxi. I know how to talk to this boy. We have a rapport. Artists speak the same language. AUGUST: Even with such a huge gulf between them as great wealth and—destitution? MAURICE: A spiritual bond is what matters. August? You must learn to trust. AUGUST: My agent advises the opposite, Mr.—Maurice. MAURICE: Artists inhabit one world, agents another. CELESTE [from beyond the dunes]: Maurice! AUGUST: Your wife sounds seriously impatient. MAURICE: We’re expected in

nose for her, one to get her home when she’s passing out, but none to screw her. But maybe she’s got one to screw, I mean with a dildo. CLARE: Bugsy, don’t talk like that, she’s a wonderful actress. BUGSY: Hell, she’s a faggots’ moll. CLARE: You don’t know her, Bugsy. BUGSY: I told you she come to my place East Side till I eighty-sixed her out of it because she gave it the wrong kind of reputation. She give one of her faggots a ten dollar bill to tip the captain, and the faggot would give the

Cloudy: “Life is all—it’s just one time. It finally seems to all occur at one time.” How generous it was of Tennessee Williams to share that last revelation with us. —Eve Adamson Something Cloudy, Something Clear was first performed August 24, 1981, at The Bouwerie Lane Theatre by the Jean Cocteau Repertory, New York, NY. It was directed by Eve Adamson; set and costume design were by Douglas McKeown; lighting design was by Giles Hogya; Kip’s dance was choreographed by Richard Peck. The cast, in

putting him on a list of possible protectors. KIP: I think that anything possible ought to be explored now. For about six months now you thought you knew something that I didn’t. I did, just didn’t admit it, like hoping a thing will go away if you don’t look at it, Clare. [Pause: shimmering light, gulls’ cries.] CLARE [rising from the platform]: Exencies of desperation . . . KIP: The word is “exigencies.” CLARE: But desperation was right. Go on with your dancing, love, and I’ll— [There is

performed two plays by Tennessee Williams: Suddenly Last Summer and In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel. “The Tokyo Bar! That’s my favorite play and no one’s ever really understood it. Please, please do it again,” he said. And so it began. I directed In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel for the second time at the Cocteau in the spring of 1979. Tennessee loved the production. Clothes for a Summer Hotel was in the planning stage, and he was justifiably nervous. He hadn’t had a critical success on Broadway since

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