Stairs To The Roof by Tennessee WilliamsStairs To The Roof by Tennessee Williams

Stairs To The Roof

byTennessee WilliamsForeword byAllean HaleEditorAllean Hale

Paperback | May 31, 2000

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Sixty years ago a young Tennessee Williams wrote a play looking toward the year 2001. Stairs to the Roof is a rare and different Williams' work: a love story, a comedy, an experiment in meta-theater, with a touch of early science fiction. Tennessee Williams called Stairs to the Roof "a prayer for the wild of heart who are kept in cages" and dedicated it to "all the little wage earners of the world." It reflects the would-be poet's "season in hell" during the Depression when he had to quit college to type orders eight hours a day at the International Shoe Factory in St. Louis.

Stairs is Williams' revenge, expressed through his alter ego, Benjamin Murphy, the clerk who stages a one-man rebellion against the clock, the monotony of his eight-to-five job, and all the dehumanizing forces of an increasingly mechanized and commercial society. Ben's swift-moving series of fantastic adventures culminate in an escape from the ordinary that is an endorsement of the American dream. In 1941 with the world at war and civilization in danger of collapse, Williams dared to imagine a utopian future as Ben leads us up his stairs towards the Millennium.

Stairs to the Roof was produced only twice, once at the Playbox in Pasadena, California, in 1945, and subsequently at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1947. Now, in an edition meticulously prepared by noted Williams scholar Allean Hale, Williams fans can share this play of youthful optimism.
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) is the acclaimed author of many books of letters, short stories, poems, essays, and a large collection of plays, including The Glass Menagerie, A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Orpheus Descending, The Night of the Iguana, and The Rose Tattoo.Allean Hale, writer and poet, was t...
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Title:Stairs To The RoofFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.4 inPublished:May 31, 2000Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0811214354

ISBN - 13:9780811214353

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting lesser known work, still worth a read
Date published: 2018-01-12

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More than 60 years ago, a young Tennessee Williams wrote a play projecting what the world would be like in 2001. His play is a love story, a comedy and an experiment in meta-theatre with a pinch of science fiction. It reflects the poet’s “season in hell” when he spent eight hours a day typing orders at the International Shoe Factory in St. Louis. His alter ego, Benjamin Murphy, is a clerk who stages a rebellion against the clock and the monotony of his job as well as the increasingly commercial and mechanical world. Stairs to the Roof is as poignant today as it was in the 1940s and is a story most of us can relate to.