Plastic Theatre


Plastic Theatre

In the early 1940s, when Tennessee Williams was working on his first successful play, the Glass Menagerie, he developed an idea he termed ‘plastic theatre’, an idea he believed would launch a new type of theatre, that would move away from what he dismissed as ‘typewriter theatre’ by affording equal voice to the non-literary elements of stage production and to the literary text.



To express his universal truths Williams insisted that setting, properties, music, sound, and visual effects - all


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