Camino Real, 1970
Susan Tyrell, Jessica Tandy, Al Pacino, and Jean-Pierre Aumont
Ink on board
22″ x 30″
Although the program read “The Time and Place: Not Specified,” for Tennessee William’s Camino Real, audiences found themselves in the playwright’s mind, as the author himself wrote in the Times right before the show’s premiere: “It is nothing more nor less than my conception of the time and the world that I live in.” Populating the play with a strange cast of characters that includes Lord Byron, Casanova, Don Quixote, and an American sailor named Kilroy, Williams allowed his fecund imagination to run riot, which left playgoers running for the exits in the original 1954 production. In Camino Real, Williams’s literary gifts were in full flower. Like Hirschfeld in his drawings, Williams was unconstrained by reality in this play, which allowed him to create a devastating picture of human nature. Lincoln Center Theater mounted the play’s only Broadway revival in 1970 with Jessica Tandy, the original Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire, and a young Al Pacino, making his second Broadway appearance as Kilroy.