It’s been about fifty years since Tennessee Williams (Glass Menagerie, Rose Tattoo, Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Camino Real) adapted his 1948 short story The Night of the Iguana into a stage play in 1961, arguably the last decent one he wrote before the playwright descended into an almost continuous catatonic state of depression and substance abuse. Scheduled to run at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, New York from March 2-25, it is also a classic of timing.
For The Night of the Iguana, it has been fifty years since its Broadway debut. Then, on March 26, it will be Williams’ 100th birthday. It is an auspicious time to honor the playwright and revisit this strange – and wonderful! – play.