Overview


Synopsis

One of Tennessee Williams’ most subtle and tender works, Summer and Smoke explores the conflict between the hedonistic body and the lofty spirit. Set in Mississippi, Alma Winemiller, the minister’s daughter, has grown up loving the boy who lives next door: John Buchanan, the doctor’s son, is a wild, adventurous, mischievous pleasure seeker. He spends the hot Mississippi summers drinking, gambling, and romancing. His only religion is the anatomy chart on his wall, and what it teaches him about man’s needs: food, truth, and lovemaking. Alma, on the other hand, is quiet, eccentric, and high-strung. Her name means “soul” in Spanish; she aspires to lofty spiritual goals, and holds to strong moral standards. Despite their differences, John and Alma are magnetically drawn to each other, and the spiritual and physical romance that almost blooms between the two of them is among the most engaging, romantic, and heartbreaking love stories in Williams’ canon.


Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken

Male

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Number of Acts
2 Acts
First Produced
1948
Genres
Settings
Period, Multiple Settings, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
glorious hill, mississippi, 1916
Cast Size
Orchestra Size
None
Dancing
None
Licensor
Ideal For
professional theatre, regional theatre, community theatre, college theatre, medium cast
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes adult, mature adult, young adult, late teen characters

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