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TENNESSEE WILLIAMS WINS A PRIZE

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LOUISA enters and stands at the table.

LOUISA (addressing the audience) Ladies and gentlemen, it is my honor to introduce tonight’s special guest and the recipient of this year’s New York Literati Club’s Clyde Fitch Prize. This award acknowledges the complete body of work of an American playwright. Tonight’s recipient is one of the greatest. I present you the man who needs no introduction! TENNESSEE stands up unsteadily. TENNESSEE Madam Dragon, thank you, but I suppose you could say the same of Jack the Ripper, so I’m not sure that’s really a compliment. So, let me present someone who DOES need an introduction—Mr. Calvin Serendipity. No, no, that’s not right. What is it, baby? CALVIN Serendapolous. TENNESSEE (addressing the audience—a real performance) Yes, so sorry. Calvin Serendapolous! A Greek name befitting this Greek god of a man. Cal was the inspiration for many of my greatest characters. He may strike you as too young, for some of my creations go back more decades than I dare admit, but that is his secret—he is the eternally young man. When I write, it’s HIS smile I hope to elicit. His approval I crave. His desire I attempt to arouse, knowing full well that the possibility of accomplishing such a magnificent and life-affirming feat becomes more remote as the years and failures pile up. And yet I persist. Thank you for this award. Calvin and I shall cherish it—always. (to Calvin) Now let’s blow, baby! Help me out of here before the vultures latch onto us. TENNESSEE staggers and CALVIN supports him as they move to the side of the stage. LOUISA exits. TENNESSEE (drunk and staggering) I feel like I’ve been run over by a dragon. CALVIN (hailing a taxi) I’ll get a cab and get us home safe and sound. Then in the morning I’ll take you to that press conference.

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The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

The Paragon Journal - Issue Ten  

The Paragon Journal is an online literary journal that specializes in helping younger authors find their way in the literary world.

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