Tennessee Williams and His Plays, 1937-1955

Instructor:  Kristin Frangoulis

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Required text

During class we will take parts and read aloud some of the plays’ most significant scenes and discuss their intricacies and themes. Such themes as the innate isolation, loneliness, and longing of the human condition appear again and again in his plays. In seeking to find connections, Williams’ characters often find themselves in dysfunction with the people and the world around them. Although these plays are set in the atmosphere and social and political mores of the mid-century, American South, they are certainly universal and applicable in today’s chaotic world. Because of Williams’ extraordinary poetic language and human insights, many critics have crowned him the American Shakespeare.

This will be a participatory class, which will include literary analysis, lively discussions, and oral interpretation. We will read 5-6 of his earlier and most famous plays including: “The Glass Menagerie;” A Streetcar Named Desire;” “The Rose Tattoo“ and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

Required Text(s): “Williams’ Plays: 1937-1955,” Mel Gussow and Kenneth Holdic. ed., available at Amazon Books, approx.$8.00, or anything else you can find lying around.

Kris Frangoulis holds a BA in English and History and is a member of the College Theatre (actor), a national theater honor society. She also has an MA in Gifted and Talented Education, and one in Special Education of the Gifted and Talented; she was also the director of the Blue Hill Players. She directed the Tuscaloosa Children’ Theatre and founded and directed the Peanut Butter and Jelly Players, an outreach children’s theatre. She also taught Gifted Education at the University of Alabama.