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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 36 IHE LETHBRIDGE HERAID Thuridoy, May 4, 1972 Surrir-t's menial rruckiin Distinguished dramatist Tennessee comeback By Wll.I.lAM (il.UVKK YOliK lAI'i Ti'imcs- sec Williams is talking, slowly, sollly, inlenlly "When you'vL1 really had a mental crac-kiip. it's a ca- Iharsis of all tiie (hings dial have troubled you. Thai is. ii you survive it. anil 1 barely did The woids trail off. Tlie Williams spectacle ot brilliant playwriling. physical illness, emotional turmoil and sybaritic splash has [or a quarl- cr-cenlury delighted, distressed and diverted multitudes. "1 feel I have lived a full I _ The rlisiinpiii.slied dramatist last month passed his lilsl day. His latest play. Small Craft Warnings, IIHMT rcccnlly pre- j m i e r e d Off.Broadw ay. The j events together enticed him Irom preferred seclusion for a far-ranging conversation. "I remember whal Gore Vidal told me. Vidal said, "You're I personal publicity has been so terrible you can never gel good notices again in your life in America.' "Well, it all has been deplora- ble, grotesque, disgusting. And not true, except hits of it. "It's as if there was a dcmoli- i tion squad pursuing inc. con- stantly at my heels, Irving to devastate my character.'1 Lest that sound paranoiac, the little man from Colum- bus, Miss., cites several latc- vintage magazine profiles of him, filled wilh what he terms waspish anecdotes. DO THEY WANT' The mixed critical reception (hat grecled Small Craft Warn- reviewers found that play's characters Mere i ghosts from dramas j draws the rejoinder: "What do they wanl, blood? j At don't have blood lo give, i I gave them good writing, I achieved my purpose, which was to write a play that corre- sponded to a short story." In appearance. pro- jects augmented confidence. He lias sworn off the more exotic medicaments indulged in of I yore, has "two or three drinks and I'm a great lover of wine. I do get tired at night." He writes every morning. "I loie travelling most of all. You can write anywhere you have a piece of t But Williams lias no intention of turning hermit. "My doctor told me I should go to Key West (Fla.) and live j like a crocodile1." His arms paw j the air in mime of a lelh.irgic swamp dweller. "Whnl was my answer? AVell, I'm not doing it, am Roar n! laiighlcr. The cower- sation frequently breaks for gleeful bursts. "I have found again the abil- ity lo be surprised, which I lost during the I feel much freer with people and I feel I have more friends.'" NO MORE NEUROSES What has Jt .ill to do uilh the inner man, the creator whose j lyrical imagery has ever been I strongly etched with burning compassion Do demons of an- guish still haunt him? "Oh, you mean my neuroses, j No, no, no, no, (hoy don't any longer. I don't permit them to." i As a technician, he reports another change. During the middle years vvilhams kept compulsively working and re- working plays, even after they had been produced and pub- lished. "If critics constantly compare my work wilh past perform- ance, then it is because they are i totally unaquainlcd with Ihe his- tory of most American writers. "American writers frequently do their mast spectacular work early in their career. If they've got any sense, and their work declines, they quii. "Now, I've never fell my work has declined to Ihat de- gree. I couldn't quit anyway. because writing is my greater satisfaction in life. I have oth- ers, but writing is Ihe greatest. Why should I All that lie wr-iles hereafter for the stage the author says. will be first done far from Broadway, upon which lie ex- Clean-up TAKER (IINS i Tabcr town lathers have announced a spring clean-lip campaign for two weeks commencing Mon- day, May n, and ending May 30. Householders are requested to properly tic or box all clip- pings and branches along will] other waslcs. Those will he picked up by (inn (rucks if left by garbage containers. Town council has also au- thorized Ihe wranni; of IYPSI- crn cow-liny i wear during (lie same two weeks which precede the May -JO-2'2 rmlro IIAI.I. MAY S FORT MACI.I-XHI (Special l- Thc Oldlime Dance Club has completed plan.s for ils fourth old fashioned hall In br M.-iy lie en for Ihe best prriiKl costumes. i plodcd with The Glass Menag- erie' in 19.15. Two I'ulilzcr prizes anil a dozen productions of other works over (he next two decades solidified his 'lion again if 1 can help il. It's lie eminence. j absolute hell Off-llroadway has "I'm not going to go Ihrough Ihe same .strain. Hie hell of a New Vork produc- I "The producers of Small Craft Warnings were exceptionally nice men. They did everything they could to make things easy for me, but still I was terrified. 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