The premiere of a stage production based on a major work of fiction is a major event. If the work is “The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone,” a 1950 novel by Tennessee Williams — one of the giants of modern theater — it is all the more remarkable.

This heart-rending, provocative and disturbing tale by Tennessee Williams (1911-83), playing on his penchant for heroines whose lives are shattered by harsh reality (as in his famed “Streetcar Named Desire”), has only once been made into a film, in 1961.

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