The Play of the Week

Season 2 Episode 19

Four by Tennessee

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Feb 06, 1961 on
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Four by Tennessee
The Four Tennessee Williams plays are: "I Rise in Flame, Cried the Phoenix" (1959) based on the last few days and death of DH Lawrence. "Hello from Bertha." (1954) A disturbed drunk prostitute named Bertha wallows around while her two housemates try in vain to help her. "The Lady of Larkspur Lotion." (1949) Sedlachek, the owner of a fleabag hotel, who wants to evict her deadbeat tenant. She is a faded Southern belle who, despite being reduced to prostitution, tries gamely to maintain a facade of gentility. What she refers to as lotion is actually hooch. Her castle in the air is a plantation in Brazil, and the man of her dreams a "rubber king"; but the knight who rides to her rescue turns out to be the alcoholic blocked writer who lives down the hall. "The Purification" (1959)moreless

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