Fontbonne Theatre Programs



Performance Dates

February 9, 10, 11, 12, 1967


Don Garner



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Fontbonne College Fine Arts Theatre


With the first production of The Glass Menagerie in 1945, Tennessee Williams, a former St. Louisan, emerged as one of the finest playwrights in the American theatre. Today he is considered one of the leading dramatists of our time. A tireless experimenter in dramatic style and form, he has sought to revitalize the theatre of realistic convention by a "new plastic theatre," in which the imagery and symbolism of the poetic imagination might be transformed and concretized. His aim has been to reveal, through the interplay of characters sharing the same crisis, "the truth of human experience."

In Summer and Smoke, Mr. Williams again departs from the tight structure of realism. John Gassner has described the play as "a ruefully ironic chronicle of two lives crossing each other's orbit frequently, yet somehow never being ready for each other." The symbolic setting balances the heroine's house against the hero's, while between them stands the public park with a fountain in the form of an angel, the brooding symbol of eternity, silently dominating the entire play.

Document Type



Fontbonne University Archives


St. Louis, MO

Summer and Smoke



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