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Portrait of a Madonna

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Transcript of Portrait of a Madonna

Keegan Theater: Nov 17 - Dec 17, 2005

Theater 68: April 13 - May 1, 2011

Washington Shakespeare Company:
June 30 - July 7, 2011

Actors Studio 1948
Past Productions
Key Themes
Questions
Does Lucretia Collins represent his mother, his sister, or himself? To what extent?
Is the apartment more of a reflection of the mental state of Miss Collins, or simply a plot device to provide talking cues for contextual dialog?
Vocabulary
Spinster

Negligee

Porter

Gramophone

Malarial

May 7, 2015
Portrait of a Madonna
Timeline
1869
None but the Lonely Heart
1944
Kip Kiernan leaves Williams

The play is revised
1918
I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
1941
Portrait of a Madonna
1928
Shirley Temple
1937
Rose Williams hospitalized
Characters
Biography
Religion

Strumpet

Hope chest

Reproach

Lecherous

Dioceses

Rector
Purity
Unrequited Love
Cambell's Kids
"A child is innocent and pure." - Miss Collins pg 101
"I made the dress for the Virgin and Mother..." - Miss Collins pg 89
The color white



Richard
Kip Kiernan leaves Williams for a woman
Desire for family
Heretic and zealot
Eloi
Betrayal
Resentful but dependent
Cognitive Dissonance
Social Commentary
Dichotomy of purity vs. sensuality
Clinging to religion & resenting it
Illusions of rape
Reactions to Richard
Desire for privacy & publicly
Agism
Mental Illness
Sensationalism
Miss. Collins
Southern belle
Mentally ill
Religious
A virgin
Porter
Professional
Compassionate
Responsible for maintenance and moving residents in and out
Reports to Mr. Abrams
Elevator Boy
Entry level position
Immature
Judgemental
Vicious humor
Mr. Abrams
Understanding
Small kindly person
Handles Miss Collin's finances
Edwina Williams mother as a southern belle
Williams as an elevator operator
William's sister Rose hospitalized and lobotomized
Relationship with Kip Kiernan
References to religion and the church
Born in Mississippi
Theater 68
Lillian Gish
14th Century
Paintings of a Madonna become poplar
1911
Williams is born
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