The Glass Menagerie is the play that launched Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams’ career and is among the masterworks of the American stage. Drawn from Williams’ life, this moving play explores the illusory nature of dreams and the fragility of hope. Abandoned by the father of her children, Amanda is obsessed with finding a suitor for her shy and vulnerable daughter, Laura. Tom, the restless and sensitive son who narrates the story, eases his frustrations with nighttime escapes to the movies. At Amada’s urgings, Tom asks a co-worker to dinner. Can this “gentleman caller” offer any light to these bruised souls clinging to the tattered edges of lost dreams and faded hopes? A bold, new interpretation of this American classic.
Tennessee Williams is widely considered the greatest Southern playwright and one of the greatest playwrights in the history of American drama. Celebrated for tackling tough, taboo subjects, Williams’ plays have been a mainstay at Syracuse Stage. Past productions include A Streetcar Named Desire (1977, 2001), The Glass Menagerie (1979, 1999), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1982), The Rose Tattoo (1989), and Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry/Something Unspoken/I Can’t Imagine Tomorrow (1995). “With The Glass Menagerie especially, Williams pushed the American theatre in a new and less realistic direction,” notes Timothy Bond, director and producing artistic director of Syracuse Stage. “His [Williams’] original vision for the play called for projections of words and images, elements rarely if ever used in productions of the play, and for the use of music. For this production, I’ve embraced and have been inspired by Williams’ original vision.”