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Our Season: The Glass Menagerie


ennessee Williams is ranked as one of the great playwrights of the 20th century and The Glass Menagerie is one of the most beloved plays in American theater. It was Williams' first major success, winning the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best American Play in 1945. The Glass Menagerie has had numerous revivals on Broadway, most recently last year.

The Glass Menagerie centers on its narrator, Tom Wingfield, who conjures up the family he left years earlier but whom his memory forbids him to forget. Set in the Depression Era in St. Louis, Tom's recollection is our glimpse into the family's reduced circumstances. His dilemma forms a central conflict of the play as he confronts the choice between responsibility to his family and desperation to live his own life and pursue his dreams.

This is Williams at this best. The Glass Menagerie reveals his insights into the human heart while remaining a drama of great tenderness, charm, and beauty.

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explored passion with daring honesty and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional properties and transformed the American stage. His autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what he called "the catastrophe of success" - a success capped by A Streetcar Named Desire. An extraordinary series of masterpieces followed, including Vieux Carre, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Rose Tattoo, Orpheus Descending, and the classic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Audition Times: December 8 & 9, 7:00 PM at Cascades Theatre. Cast requirements: Two men, two women.

Drama League Award Winner
2014 - Outstanding revival of a play

Drama Desk Award Winner
2014 - Outstanding supporting actress (Celia Keenan-Bolger)

Outer Critics Circle Award Winner
2014 - Outstanding leading actress in a play (Cherry Jones)
2014 - Outstanding featured actor in a play (Brian J. Smith)

Tony Award Nominee
2014 - Best Revival of a Play, Best Actress, Best Featured Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director