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Why Do You Smoke So Much, Lily?

Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  2f

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

Why Do You Smoke So Much, Lily?

by  Tennessee Williams

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    2f
  • Duration
    Duration
    10 minutes
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Senior
Description

A mother, Mrs. Yorke, and her daughter, Lily, are in disagreement about how Lily spends her time. Her mother tells her that she smokes and reads too much, while Lily believes her mother only wants her to get married and become a part of high society. Once her mother leaves we see it's more than smoking that Lily has a problem keeping control of.

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

History

Why do you Smoke So Much, Lily? premiered in the production Five by Tenn in New York City in March 2007 under the direction of John Cooper.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Reader's Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Smoking

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £13 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

Specifics

Details

  • Duration: 10 minutes
  • Setting: A fashionable apartment in the west end of St. Louis.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

2f
Cast Attributes
  • All Female
MRS. YORKE - A middle-aged widow of social pretentions
LILY - Her daughter: a frustrated intellectual
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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capp ...

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