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Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams

The Glass Menagerie premiered successfully in Chicago and moved to New York in March 1945.  Within two weeks of its opening, The Glass Menagerie was voted the year’s best play by the New York Drama Critic’s Circle.  The play ran for 561 performances and established Williams as a major new figure in the American theater.  Williams followed this production with a series of dramatic successes including A Streetcar Named Desire, Summer and Smoke, and The Rose Tattoo.


Summer and Smoke, mimeographed typescript, [n.d]., 117 pp.

This playscript was used as a “prompt copy,” for the original 1948 production on Broadway and contains cue notations throughout the text.

A Streetcar Named Desire. [New York]: New Directions, [1947].

This copy of the second printing of the play is signed by each cast member in the original Broadway production.

The Glass Menagerie or The Gentleman Caller, carbon typescript, [n.d]., 106 pp.

This draft was prepared for the play’s Chicago tryout in December 1944.  Williams’s original title survives as a subtitle in this version.

The Glass Menagerie.  New York: Random House, [1945].

Review copy of the first edition with the publisher’s slip laid in.

The Rose Tattoo

On November 24, 1950, Ralph Delauney was hired by Director Daniel Mann as the stage manager for the first Chicago and New York productions of Tennessee Williams's The Rose Tattoo. The University of Delaware Library houses the Ralph Delauney Papers related to Tennessee Williams's The Rose Tattoo, spanning the years 1947-1953, consist of .6 linear feet of material. The papers are comprised of the playscript and revisions, correspondence, bills and receipts, budgets, clippings, notes, itineraries, theater programs, and sketches of the set. The material was gathered by Ralph Delauney in his role as stage manager for both the 1950 world premiere production of  Williams's The Rose Tattoo at Erlanger Theatre in Chicago, and the 1951 New York run at the Martin Beck Theatre.

The Rose Tattoo, typescript, 1951, 305 pp.

Playscript with Revisions and Prompt Script, 1950-1951. This binder contains a typescript of the third draft of The Rose Tattoo (summer 1950), typescript. It includes the endings for the play (each with dates for when it was tried during rehearsals or during the Chicago and New York performances), and a typescript of Ralph Delauney's prompt script as of May 1951.  A prompt script contains the blocking, cue information for lighting, sound, and set changes and any other information that the stage manager considers necessary pertaining to rehearsals or the performance.  Many of the 305 pages bear Delauney's autograph notes.


The Glass Menagerie. Program. Chicago Stagebill, 1944.

The Glass Menagerie. Playbill. Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York, 1965.


The Glass Menagerie. Postcard. Resident Ensemble Players/Professional Theatre Training Program, Delaware, 2011.

Photograph of Laurette Taylor as Amanda in the original production of The Glass Menagerie, inscribed by Taylor to the collector Norman Unger.

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