Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts Honours

School

School of International, Cultural and Community Studies

Faculty

Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Charles Edelman

Abstract

An analysis into the background of Tennessee Williams strongly suggests that the two one-act plays, This Property is Condemned and The Lady of Larkspur Lotion are autobiographical accounts, being that the characters arc based either on Williams himself family members or friends, and indeed, the plays arc representations of the era in wh1ch they were written. Also, a simultaneous investigation into the dramaturgy of these plays shows Williams' innovative “use of all the resources of the contemporary stage” (Boxill 23). and the rehearsal process and workshop presentation was an exploration and discovery into how these resources can be implemented by directors, designers and actors, in order to give the audience a deeper understanding of the plays and characters.

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