The Glass Menagerie
By Tennessee Williams
March 1 - 10, 2024
Jennifer K. D. Hughes—Actor
Davida D. Williams—Actor
Sarah Coeur—Production Manager
Emily Ganfield—Costume Designer
Zachary Hodgsons—Props Manager
Ash Howland—Stage Manager
Jackson Newhouse—Lighting Designer
Maggie Schmitt—Assistant Director
Brian Seckfort—Set Designer
Todd Warming—Technical Director
Alex Wendel—Director & Artistic Producer
Davida D. Williams—Artistic Producer
Keely Wright-Ogren—Sound Designer
Craig & Betty Miller
Fred & Charlotte Hubbell
Where faded elegance collides with dreams of escape, fragile illusions are shattered, and family dynamics unravel in a timeless exploration of hope and heartache.
Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating.
Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself.nThe crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura.
In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted out of herself into a new world. But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.
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