Tennessee Williams’s steamy and lyrical Orpheus Descending is a love story and a tragedy, telling of the passion of a storekeeper’s wife and a wandering guitar player and their doomed escape attempt from a hell of small-mindedness. Set in a dry-goods store in the 1950s deep South, the play’s toxic brew of Jim Crow, xenophobia, and provincialism evokes an American past that unfortunately is not the past, with open acceptance of hatred leading inevitably to violence.
|Theatre World Awards|
|1957||Theatre World Award||Winner|
|1958||Costume Design (Play or Musical)||Nominee|
|1958||Scenic Design (Play or Musical)||Nominee|