Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally is an American playwright

Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is the author of many acclaimed plays, including Master Class and Corpus Christi, as well as musical adaptations of Manuel Puig’s novel Kiss of a Spiderwoman and E.L. Doctorow’s Ragtime. He has won an Emmy, several Tony Awards, and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1994 for his play A Perfect Gannesh.

cover image of the book The Magic Tower And Other One-Act Plays

The Magic Tower And Other One-Act Plays

by Tennessee Williams

Edited by Thomas Keith

With a contribution by Terrence McNally

Here are portraits of American life during the Great Depression and after, populated by a hopelessly hopeful chorus girl, a munitions manufacturer ensnared in a love triangle, a rural family that deals “justice” on its children, an overconfident mob dandy, a poor couple who quarrel to vanquish despair, a young “spinster” enthralled by the impulse of rebellion, and, in “The Magic Tower,” a passionate artist and his wife whose youth and optimism are not enough to protect their “dream marriage.” This new volume gathers some of Williams’s most exuberant early work and includes one-acts that he would later expand to powerful full-length dramas: “The Pretty Trap,” a cheerful take on The Glass Menagerie, and “Interior: Panic,” a stunning precursor to A Streetcar Named Desire.

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