Not About Nightingales

Not About Nightingales

Not About Nightingales

Not About Nightingales


An early work by the revered playwright that caused a sensation in Houston, New York, and London. This is a raw, sprawling dramatization of real events at a Philadelphia prison in 1937. Convicts who led a hunger strike to protest conditions were locked in a scalding cell where four of them died. Eva, a woman looking for work during the Great Depression, takes on a secretarial job at a prison. During her tenure, she bears witness to the staff's harsh treatment of inmates, and watches as a number of prisoners try to overthrow their overseer and escape their conditions. Williams presents a rough, complex portrait of Depression-era imprisonment. 

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  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language
  • Caution Mild Adult Mild Adult Themes


  • Genre: Docudrama/Historic
  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Cast Attributes: Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Multicultural casting, Room for Extras
  • Target Audience: Adult


Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explored 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 “ ...
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