Thomas Keith

Thomas Keith is a Consulting Editor for New Directions Publishing, a freelance editor, and has taught acting and theater at The Lee Strasberg Institute, Atlantic Theater Company, Ohio University, currently at Pace University. He is the editor of the anthology Love, Christopher Street: Reflections on New York City . For New Directions Keith is the Tennessee Williams editor-at-large, and has acquired introductions for the reissues of TW’s plays by such notable authors as Arthur Miller, Edward Albee, John Patrick Shanley, John Waters, and Tony Kushner. With ND President and Publisher emerita Peggy L. Fox, he is the co-editor of The Selected Letters of Tennessee Williams and James Laughlin , forthcoming from W.W. Norton. Keith is an advisor to The Tennessee Williams Theatre Co. of New Orleans, and the Williams Festivals in Provincetown, New Orleans, and St. Louis.

Now the Cats with Jeweled Claws

Theater by Tennessee Williams

Edited by Thomas Keith

With a contribution by Thomas Keith

This new collection of fantastic, lesser-known one-acts contains some of Williams’s most potent, comical and disturbing short plays―Upper East Side ladies dine out during the apocalypse in Now the Cats With Jeweled Claws, while the poet Hart Crane is confronted by his mother at the bottom of the ocean in Steps Must Be Gentle. Five previously unpublished plays include A Recluse and His Guest, and The Strange Play,in which we witness a woman’s entire life lived within a twenty-four-hour span.…
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The Magic Tower And Other One-Act Plays

Theater 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.…
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A House Not Meant To Stand

Theater by Tennessee Williams

Edited by Thomas Keith

With a contribution by Thomas Keith Gregory Mosher

Christmas 1982: Cornelius and Bella McCorkle of Pascagoula, Mississippi, return home one midnight in a thunderstorm from the Memphis funeral of their older son to a house and a life literally falling apart—daughter Joanie is in an insane asylum and their younger son Charlie is upstairs having sex with his pregnant, holy-roller girlfriend as the McCorkles enter. Cornelius, who has political ambitions and a litany of health problems, is trying to find a large amount of moonshine money his gentle wife Bella has hidden somewhere in their collapsing house, but his noisy efforts are disrupted by a stream of remarkable characters, both living and dead.…
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