Camino Real takes place in an imaginary police state at the end of the road where dreams come to die. The terminal end of the Camino Real is the torturous home of broken down heroes, withered beauties, lost lovers, blocked poets, and a boxing champ whose heart no longer works. The play is their struggle to escape: their struggle with whether or not they should even try. It is a paean to hope and despair in all of its forms, and to the eternal forces that drive us always to seek the light.
Tennessee Williams, the author of A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, to name but a few of his masterpieces, is arguably our nation’s most important playwright. His characters are written with a sensitivity to what makes us human beings tick that is unmatched. The desires. The needs. The courage. The weaknesses. In Camino Real, Williams’ characters are untethered from the “kitchen sink” setting of most of his plays and are set free to fly against a wild and expressionist backdrop.