Unseen Character Suite
|David Roby’s Notes on Unseen Character|
|Eight Selections from Unseen Character|
David Roby’s eighteen monologues from characters unseen in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams provide the particular pleasure of watching individuals limned with authority under the confines of a short scene.
They also introduce new avenues through which to explore Williams’s play, giving voice to a chorus that serves up an effective midrash commentary on the lives of the Wingfields and their gentleman caller. Eight of these monologues are published here.
As the Tennessee Williams Playwright in Residence at the University of the South/Sewanee, Roby has chosen to use his residency in part to pay homage to Williams on the centennial of his birth. Unseen Character thus works both as tribute and as stand-alone theatrical experience.
A brief biography of Williams along with some discussion of the evolution of The Glass Menagerie from stage production to screen accompanies this suite.