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See our disclaimer. While Williams often used drama to convey hope and desperation in human hearts, it was through this dark, expressionistic comedy, which he called a "Southern gothic spook sonata," that he was best able to chronicle his vision of the fragile state of our world.

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Email address. Please enter a valid email address. Walmart Services. Get to Know Us. Customer Service. In The Spotlight. During a raging storm, heavy drinker Cornelius, who once had political aspirations, tries to get Bella, who suffers from mild dementia, to disclose where she concealed the considerable amount of money she inherited from her grandfather, who accumulated his wealth by making and selling moonshine.

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When she refuses to cooperate, her husband threatens to have her institutionalized, just as he did their daughter Joanie. Director Gary Tucker and Goodman artistic director Gregory Mosher urged Williams to expand it into a full-length play. The playwright returned to his home in Key West and began working on what was now called A House Not Meant to Stand , a title suggested by a production assistant on Tennessee Laughs.

Williams called it a " Southern Gothic spook sonata," a deliberate reference to an August Strindberg play known as The Ghost Sonata in its English translation. The crumbling house was a metaphor for contemporary society, while the characters were drawn from the Williams family, notably his father Cornelius, his aunt Belle, his paternal grandfather, and his brother Dakin. The play opened in late April at the Goodman, where it did respectable business through the end of May.

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Time , calling it "a rich collection of scarred characters," said it was the best play Williams had written in a decade. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Thomas Merton.

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