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Tennessee Williams: Outcry (1975)

Charles Ruas sits down with Tennessee Williams and the director of Williams' later plays, Bill Lynch, to talk about the meaning of success, the zeitgeist of the era, and the arc of Williams' career. A unique and legendary voice in American theater, Williams describes what he sees as the problems in the 1970s, namely, a general withdrawal from responsibility and society. In response, according to Williams, his plays became increasingly dark and solitary, a vision not well received by the theater-going public, but one now recognized as ahead of its time.


Historic Audio from the Archives of Charles Ruas


A unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas for WBAI-FM, New York's Pacifica station. It features reading, lectures, and performances by such cultural and literary icons as Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others. Ruas is the author of Conversations with American Writers, a Fulbright scholar, and a distinguished French translator. He is also a contributor to ARTNews and Art in America. This series is produced in partnership with Charles Ruas, The Pacifica Radio Archives, The Yale Beinecke Library, The Columbia University Rare Book & Manuscript Collection, and numerous restorers, archivists and collectors.