by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Dark Comedy  /  3m, 2f

A part of the collection The Traveling Companion and Other Plays.

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    Cast Size

    3m, 2f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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Miss Sylvia Sails, a famed actress of the American stage who long, long ago chose retirement at the peak of her career ("not willing to decline from it") is awakened at 3:00 in the morning by Giuseppe, a handsome and felonious night clerk at her live-in hotel. It becomes clear soon enough that Giuseppe is after Miss Sails' extremely valuable sunburst diamond ring, but Miss Sails' knuckle is so swollen that the diamond ring cannot be removed from her finger unless her finger is removed from her hand. Held hostage, Miss Sails resists her captors, Giuseppe and his boyfriend Luigi, by reciting Shakespeare, by drinking with them, and most of all by endurance, outlasting them until daybreak when help arrives and the sun finally comes up.

A part of the collection The Traveling Companion and Other Plays.

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Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A suite in a distinguished hotel of the East fifties or sixties in Manhattan.


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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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Sunburst premiered at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown, MA in September 2007 under the direction of Patrick Falco.

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