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Glass Menagerie - Tom

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie  –  By Tennessee Williams

Produced by: Northeast Theatre Ensemble

Dates:             Nov. 27, 28, Dec. 4, 5 at 8:pm, Nov. 29, Dec. 6 at 3:pm

Tickets:           $20 At the Door  – advance purchase discounts
Location:        Steamer No.10 Theatre – 500 Western Ave. Albany 12203
Info:                (518) 438-5503          info@steamer10theatre.org

“How beautiful it is, and how easily it can be broken”

This semi-autobiographical account of the author’s early days in 1930s St. Louis mirrors the turmoil of Tennessee Williams’s own life. A heartbreaking yet often funny “memory play” told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield(portrayed by Joe Plock), THE GLASS MENAGERIE is the story of a family desperate to break free of the burdens of their past and present. Tom’s mother, Amanda (Janet Hurley Kimlicko), has been abandoned by her husband, and now lives only for her children; his unmarried sister, Laura (Jacqueline Donnaruma), is a fragile and painfully shy creature who retreats into a world of glass animals and Victrola records; and Tom himself is torn between his poetic inclinations and the responsibility of supporting his mother and sister. Each escapes into their own “glass menagerie” as a means of eluding the pain of their own — and each other’s — existence.

The Glass Menagerie, a four-character memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944, catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame.  An autobiographical work, it explores several personal and societal problems: the isolation of those who are outsiders for one reason or another, the hardships faced by single mothers, the difficulties a disability may create for a family, and the struggle of a young artist to begin his career.

Northeast Theatre Ensemble - A company of professional actors performing Classic Theatre from Greek, to Shakespeare, to Tennessee Williams. This past season they performed Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler.