Taking off from Tennessee Williams allusion to Barrett Browning’s ‘Sonnet XLIII’ in Scene 3 of his A Streetcar Named Desire, Barbara Neri's paper, “Loving Thee Better After Death: The long afterlife of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonnets from the Portuguese in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire” was presented on April 3, 2005 at the Victorian Institute Conference, held at UNC, Greensboro.

In the process of researching this article an idea for a new play emerged. During August 2008 research continued in the city of New Orleans and in the archives of The Historic New Orleans Collection. Neri's full length play Unlocking Desire premiered in Detroit in 2011, the centennial year of Williams birth. Though not written with his centenary in mind, Unlocking Desire was a fascinating homage to him. Neri has now written a feature length screenplay adaptation of UNLOCKING DESIRE.




UNLOCKING DESIRE -- A woman arrives at an institution claiming to be Blanche DuBois, and there she meets disparate inmates that evoke shadow characters in Tennessee Williams' play and people from his life. As Identities blur, secrets are unlocked and questions are answered; but all is not as it seems, and no one will ever be the same again.