The Signs Are Interior

  • Michael Paller


In September 1941, Tennessee Williams returned to New Orleans. “The second New Orleans period here commences,” he wrote in his journal. Nineteen months had passed since his first, abortive, visit: That period had lasted a scant two months, January and February, in 1939. In the intervening months, Williams had experienced the exhilaration of seeing Battle of Angels optioned and staged by the Theatre Guild, the “prestige” theatre of Broadway, and suffered the humiliating nightmare of its frigid reception in Boston. The few audience members who remained when the curtain came down after the first performance sat in hostile silence. A week later, Battle of Angels closed. It did not come to New York.1


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