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This dynamite short play inspired Tennessee Williams to write Sweet Bird of Youth, later adapted into a 1962 award-winning film starring Paul Newman and Geraldine Paige. And while Sweet Bird is undoubtedly an American masterpiece, the seeds were first sown in his poetic, heartbreaking original, The Enemy: Time. Written in 1952, The Enemy: Time has never been performed until now. Be among the first to see this dramatic early version of a Williams classic. The tightly compressed drama is a half-hour of distilled Tennessee Williams, and, like all Williams' short plays, packs quite a wallop. A fading Hollywood ne'er-do-well, Phil Beam (played by Peter Christian Hansen in the role that became Newman's "Chance Wayne"), falls victim to his past indiscretions in a fateful homecoming. The clock tick-tick-ticks away as a witness to his fading looks, crumbling lies and sexual corruption. Join Gremlin Theatre as it celebrates this unprecedented opportunity to see a Tennessee Williams play for the first time. Each evening will fete Williams with a pre-show Southern Social featuring live music, treats and non-alcoholic beverages, and culminate with a special post-performance party at Jay's Café and Bar around the corner where food and drink will be available to patrons.

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