Tennessee Williams and Eugene O’Neill Side by Side
S 2019

Description


Loneliness, the condition into which we are born, and from which we spend much of our lives trying to escape — whether through love and sex, or alcohol or drugs or even, yes, art — is a theme that resounds throughout the works of Eugene O’Neill and Tennessee Williams, two of America’s greatest playwrights, if not the two greatest.

Charles Isherwood

In this SDG we will examine 7 plays of each of these two giants of American Theater, analyze in depth and compare their style.


Weekly Topics

1.     Beyond the Horizon, 1918 - Pulitzer Prize, 1920

2.     Anna Christie, 1920 - Pulitzer Prize, 1922

3.     Desire Under the Elms, 1924

4.     Strange Interlude, 1928 - Pulitzer Prize

 Strange Interlude, 1928 - Pulitzer Prize

5.    The Iceman Cometh, written 1939, published 1940, first performed 1946

6.     Long Day's Journey into Night, written 1941, first performed 1956; Pulitzer Prize 1957

7.     A Moon for the Misbegotten, written 1941–1943, first performed 1947

 

1.     Not About Nightingales (1938)

2.    The Glass Menagerie (1944)

3.     A Streetcar Named Desire (1947)

4.     Summer and Smoke (1948)

5.     The Rose Tattoo (1951)

6.     Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955)

7.     Suddenly Last Summer (1958)

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