The Eccentricities of a Nightingale
THE STORY: Alma Winemiller, a sensitive and lonely young woman in Glorious Hill, Mississippi, has become increasingly restive with fear that she will remain a spinster. Hemmed in by her stern father and her deranged mother, she makes a final, almost desperate, attempt to win the man of her choice—a young doctor, John Buchanan, whose social-climbing mother frowns on his attachment to Alma. Despite the understanding between Alma’s and John’s souls, neither can break the ties of family and social status that rend their lives.
“This is a warm, rich play full of that compassion and understanding and that simple poetry of the heart that is Mr. Williams at his shining, gentle best.” —NY Times. “…representative of Williams at his most wonderful…the sheer poetry of his language still comes with surprise.” —NY Post. “…a powerful, more often than not heart-rending tale of a spinster undone by dreams…some moments exhale a poetry beyond description.” —NY Magazine.