The Two Character Play, also known as Out Cry in one of its alternate versions, is a play by Tennessee Williams written 25 years after his famous A Streetcar Named Desire. It was one of his most personal works; Williams spent almost ten years writing and rewriting it. The characters in this play, Felice and Clare, are two actors on tour; they are also brother and sister. They find themselves deserted by their acting troupe in a decrepit "state theatre in an unknown state". Faced (perhaps) by an audience expecting a performance, they enact The Two-Character Play – an illusion within an illusion, an 'out cry' from isolation, panic, and fear.
Performance history in South Africa
1974: Produced at The Space (Cape Town) in January 1974, directed by Bill Tanner with Bill Flynn and Michele Maxwell. Design by Bill Tanner and John Nankin, lighting by Brian Astbury, stage management by Totti Ebrahim.
Translations and adaptations
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