A Kurt Vonnegut short story
, published in Welcome to the Monkey House
, about a man who seems to have little personality of his own but who throws himself with gusto and dazzling performances into the plays produced by his local amateur dramatics
society. A similarly colourless and lonely woman who moves into the area ends up playing opposite him in Tennessee Williams
' A Streetcar Named Desire
, and finds herself falling in love with him in character. A powerful story.
Made into a low-budget film in 1982, starring Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon, and directed by Jonathan Demme.