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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


An unparalleled collection of recovered and restored programs from the seventies produced by Charles Ruas, and featuring Allen Ginsberg, John Giorno, Anaïs Nin, William Boroughs, Buckminster Fuller, Sylvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, and Jorge Luis Borges, among numerous others.