The Magic Tower

by  Tennessee Williams

Short Play, Drama  /  2m, 4f

"That's the marvelous thing about living in a magic tower, Jim. There's only two people."

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    Cast Size

    2m, 4f
  • Duration


    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

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"That's the marvelous thing about living in a magic tower, Jim. There's only two people."

Linda and Jim live an extremely modest life on Jim's minimal earnings as a young artist, yet the love they share has the power to transform their tiny, dismal studio apartment into a "magic tower" safe from the harsh realities of the world. One night, however, when Jim leaves to court a self-deemed "Christopher Columbus of modern art" at the Waldorf hotel, Linda remains in the "tower" alone, and the inevitable realities rush in. Though Linda believes that her marriage to Jim has made her completely happy for the first and only time in her life, visits from a caustic landlady and two friends from her former life as a vaudeville actress, combined with Jim's gloomy exhaustion upon his return home, begin to pull the magic tower doggedly down to earth.

A part of the collection The Magic Tower and Other One-Act Plays.

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

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

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  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A garret converted into into the living quarters of an unsuccessful artist.


2m, 4f
LINDA - an ex-vaudeville actress
JIM - a young artist
MRS. O'FALLON - an Irish Landlady
MOLLY - the landlady's daughter
BABE - a chorus girl
MITCH - a vuadeville hoofer
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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 Magic Tower premiered at the Southern Rep Theatre in New Orleans, LA as a part of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival in March 2011 under the direction of Aimee Hayes. 

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