The Fat Man's Wife

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 1f

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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The Fat Man's Wife

by  Tennessee Williams

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 1f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

New Year’s morning 1938. Vera and her husband Joe, an influential theatre producer, return from a party, at which a young playwright, Dennis, has paid to court Vera. Rather than compromise his art, Dennis has decided to quit New York for Acapulco and wants Vera to accompany him. But Vera sends him away; she is, after all, the fat man’s wife.

Part of the collection Mister Paradise and Other One Act Plays

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  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

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  • Time Period: 1930s
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: An expensive New York apartment.
  • Additional Features: No intermission


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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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The Fat Man's Wife premiered at the Manhattan Theatre Club in New York City in November 2004 under the direction of Michael Kahn. 

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