One of Tennessee Williams most often quoted phrases is: "A prayer for the wild at heart kept in cages", a phrase he used to describe one of his earlier, lesser-known works 'Stairs to the Roof'.
It is a theme that permeates through much of Williams' work - characters confined by various constraints, be they societal, political or personal.
The one acts presented here offer unique snapshots of a developing playwright, testing out characters and themes that would come to define his later, seminal works.
In 'Summer at the Lake', a young dreamer yearns for escape from his dull existence and the love of an overbearing mother.
In 'Talk to Me like the Rain and Let Me Listen', a desperate couple seek solace in each other despite the void that exists between them.
And, in 'The Lady of Larkspur Lotion', a tenant and her landlady square off over the living conditions of a New Orleans boarding house.