The Glass Menagerie
Our first production, The Glass Menagerie, is a 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 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.
“Mrs. Wingfield was such a strong willed woman bringing up two kids without a father. Please come back again. You guys are great.”--Resident, homeless shelter, Queens
“Good job 🙂 and I feel like it was real and that I was there.”--Client, homeless drop-in center, Manhattan
“Leave the jerk at home! We don’t like 2timers!” [in reference to The Gentleman Caller]
“Jedadiah has a lot of potential and looks very dreamy.” [in reference to the actor playing The Gentleman Caller] --Inmates, women's federal prison, Brooklyn
“Your play is the best play I ever seen. Will you come back? It would be good to see you one more. Thank you.”--Inmate, women's federal prison, Brooklyn
“Each person in the play was a power to behold.”--Resident, senior center, Queens
“I remember my family, especially my mother. She wants better things for her children.”--Resident, senior center, Bronx
Tennessee Williams calls for abundant music in the play, and our composer, Ethan Philbrick, 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 designed minimalistic, elegant, fire-escape-themed set pieces, and costume designer Michelle Ridley contributed costumes that help us tell the story simply, clearly, and beautifully.
Developed in part with assistance from Opera House Arts
Tom: Will Shaw
Amanda: Cherie Corinne Rice
Laura: Sylvia Kates
Gentleman Caller: Jedadiah Schultz
Musician: Ryan Pater
Composer: Ethan Philbrick
Director: Per Janson