In the exotic world of the Mexican coastal jungle, Tennessee Williams has given us an equally exotic collection of characters in search of redemption. Shannon had been an Episcopalian clergyman, but has fallen from the grace of the church and has been employed as a tour guide by a second-rate Mexican travel agency.
He has abandoned a bus full of American Baptist women and sought refuge in a cheap hotel near the coast. The hotel is run by Maxine, a fading recent widow who still holds large appetites for a man in her life.
New arrivals there are Hannah, a younger artist who tries to make a living selling her paintings; and Nonno, her grandfather who is also a poet. And tied to a post in the yard is a captured iguana – like the others seemingly at the end of his rope. Williams mixes these characters into a steamy, passionate and dramatic search for redemption that is counted among his very best plays.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of Williams birth with a play Time saw as “at the moving, tormented heart of the human condition.”