Introduction: the panoptic Tennessee Williams / Philip C. Kolin -- "[Our] little company of the odd and the lonely": Tennessee Williams's "personality" in the plays of William Inge / Michael Greenwald -- Neil Simon's parodies of Tennessee Williams / Susan Koprince -- "Inconspicuous osmosis and the plasticity of doing": the influence of Tennessee Williams on the plays of Edward Albee / David A. Crespy -- "Cracking the shell of literalness": the itinerary of paternal consciousness in Williams's tragedy with notes on its influence on Gurney's comedy / Arvid F. Sponberg -- "That gentleman with painfully sympathetic eyes-- ": re-reading Lorraine Hansberry through Tennessee Williams / Nancy Cho -- The fission of Tennessee Williams's plays into Adrienne Kennedy's / Philip C. Kolin -- Warriors against the kitchen sink: Tennessee Williams and John Guare / Thomas Mitchell -- Image, myth, and movement in the plays of Sam Shepard and Tennessee Williams / Annette J. Saddik -- Sons of the South: an examination of the interstices in the works of August Wilson and Tennessee Williams / Sandra G. Shannon -- Williams, Mamet, and the artist in extremis / Brenda Murphy -- The symbiosis of desire and death: Beth Henley rewrites Tennessee Williams / Verna A. Foster -- "Period of adjustment": marriage in Williams and Christopher Durang / John M. Clum -- "All truth is a scandal": how Tennessee Williams shaped Tony Kushner's plays / Kirk Woodward -- Twilight in Tennessee: the similar styles of Anna Deavere Smith and Tennessee Williams / Harvey Young -- Theatre of the gut: Tennessee Williams and Suzan-Lori Parks / Harry J. Elam, Jr. -- Swimming to Chekhovia: Edward Albee on Tennessee Williams: an interview / David A. Crespy.
"The author of A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof drew on personal and family drama for material. Essays examine how Williams's confessional style influenced Inge, Mamet, Kushner, Lori-Parks and others. There is a special study of African-American theater. Features interview with Albee on Williams' influence"--Provided by publisher.