I Never Get Dressed . . ., like many of Williams's one-acts, appears to be an early investigation of what would eventually become the full-length work, Vieux Carre . It is the last rehearsal before previews of a play featuring Vieux Carre's Jane – a fallen Yankee society girl dying of Leukemia – and Tye – a vulgar but appealing strip-joint barker. Williams challenges the boundaries between the tragedy of any particular drama and the apparent comedy of its development, as the script bounces back and forth from the fictional couple's painful, seemingly hopeless life together to heated quibbles about the script among the director, playwright, actors (out of character), and stage manager.
A part of the collection The Magic Tower and Other One-Act Plays.
"William Rarity worth the wait...a Pirandello-esque play-within-a-play that casts a ruefully comic eye over the dramatist's own rocky relationship with the American theatre industry..." - The Independaent, Read More
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- Duration: 30 minutes
- Setting: A one room slaves-quarters apartment in the VIeux Carre of New Orleans.
HILARY - the stage manager
LADY TOURISTS - offstage
TOUR GUIDE - offstage
PIANO PLAYER - offstage
- Expandable casting
I Never Get Dressed Till After Dark on Sundays premiered at the Cock Tavern Theatre in London, UK in March 2011 under the direction of Hamish Macdougall.