THE GLASS MENAGERIE

Our first production is The Glass Menagerie, the semi-autobiographical classic by Tennessee Williams.  We chose this story because it invites everyone's imagination to its family table, as each of the Wingfields, in the midst of the Great Depression, strives to break free of the constraints that surround them, as they try to balance their obligation to their family with their obligation to their dreams.

Though he laces the play with levity, Williams does not offer easy answers to the looming challenges the characters face, nor does he favor one character over another when they spar, as they often do. We believe people who come to see the show, who will perhaps have faced many similar challenges to these characters, will be able to see themselves and their loved ones reflected in the play, as we do.

Tennessee Williams calls for abundant music in the play, and our composer, Ethan Philbrick, has created beautiful original music inspired by the poetry of two of Tennessee Williams's favorite poets, Hart Crane and e.e. cummings, to accompany the play.

Set designer Jacques Roy has designed minimalistic, elegant, fire-escape-themed set pieces, and costume designer Michelle Ridley has contributed costumes that help us tell the story simply, clearly, and beautifully.

 

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Developed in part with assistance from Opera House Arts

 

Tom: Will Shaw*

Amanda: Cherie Corinne Rice*

Laura: Sylvia Kates*

Gentleman Caller: Jedadiah Schultz*

Musician: James Larson*

Composer: Ethan Philbrick

Stage Manager: Angela Kiessel*

Set: Jacques Roy, of Brooklyn Praxis

Costumes: Michelle Ridley

Directed by Per Janson

*indicates member of Actors' Equity Association