The Wingfield apartment in St. Louis is not a large one. The mother is on the phone, selling magazine subscriptions. The daughter is playing with little glass animals. The son is going to the movies, or smoking on the fire escape. And the missing father is a portrait on the wall. This little family of dreamers is at the heart of one of America’s greatest and most tender plays, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, coming to THEATREWORKS from 13-30 September.
The play, as its author Williams famously said, “is memory” –and like memory it is fluid, delicate and not fixed. The Glass Menagerie is both a perfectly constructed drama and a candlelit enchantment. When it first opened in 1944, the play was a revolutionary blend of dramatic realism and poetic staging, and even now it retains a dramatic quality entirely its own. The play is ideally suited to the intimate Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater, and THEATREWORKS has assembled a team of young artists to bring it to new and glowing life.
Anna Brenner is the New York-based director in charge of re-creating the world of the Wingfield’s, each with their dreams, their desperations, and their hopes for change. She has assembled a team of collaborative artists and designers who will keep the dramatic action tense, funny, and poignant, and the play’s memory indelible for its audience. In the cast, Jane Fromme, plays Amanda, the mother whose dedication and love threatens to smother her own children. Ryan Reilly plays Tom, the son desperate to escape, needing adventure and his freedom, yet tied by guilt and obligation to his home. Melissa Brown is the shy and reclusive daughter, Laura, who spends her time with her fragile menagerie. Philip Guerette is the Gentleman Caller, the long awaited visitor from the larger world who comes to dinner in the play’s astonishing final scenes.
Almost as much visual and sensory art as it is drama, The Glass Menagerie draws on the full resources of the theatre, and demands a team of gifted designers. Julia Przedmojska has created a tenement apartment that seems to float in space; Yi Zhao will fill the space with light, keeping the actors radiant in darkness. Elizabeth Atkinson will compose the music, which gives the play its rich and delicate emotional pulse. Ásta Hostetter will create the costumes.
What should audiences expect from The Glass Menagerie? A great and precious play, of course. A true classic. But more than that, as the director explains, “they should expect an intimate, powerful and entertaining night at the theatre. I hope they find beauty in it, and it awakens them in some way.”
LOCATION | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater
Parking is free
SHOW DATES & TIMES | September 13 – 30, 2012
• Wednesdays – Saturdays at 7:30 pm
• Saturday Matinees at 2:00 pm
• Sundays at 4:00 pm
TICKETS | Reservations are strongly advised
• Reserved: $35
• Children under 16: $15 (Children under 5 years old will not be admitted)
• Friends & Family 4-Pack: $100 (with promo code TENNESSEE)
• 2-for-1 tickets to Wednesday performances (with promo code WILLIAMS)
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION Thursday, September 13
Free food for all after the show!
FIRST FRIDAY TALKBACK Friday, September 14
The director and actors will come back out on stage after the performance to talk about the production and answer YOUR questions!
FIRST SATURDAY GALA Saturday, September 15
Free drinks and snacks for EVERYONE to celebrate opening weekend!
PROLOGUE LECTURE Tennessee Williams Round Table
Sunday, September 16 at 2:30 pm | Dusty Loo Bon Vivant Theater<http://www.theatreworkscs.org/location.html>
Enhance your appreciation of one of America’s greatest playwrights with a panel of Williams experts.