PLYMOUTH—The Department of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Plymouth State University will present Tennessee Williams’ poetic, haunting drama “The Glass Menagerie” Oct. 3–6 in the Studio Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts. The quintessential American classic is being held during Homecoming and Family Weekend, with performances Oct. 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 5 and 6 at 2 p.m.
“The Glass Menagerie” was first staged in Chicago in 1944, and moved to Broadway in 1945, where it ran for 561 performances and won the prestigious New York Drama Critics Award.
Director Paul Mroczka says, “ ‘The Glass Menagerie’ is about family, love and the need to break away. In this memory play, Tom Wingfield grapples with the guilt he feels in leaving his sister and mother in order to pursue his dreams and future.”
Introducing the first scene in the play, Williams wrote, “The scene is memory and is therefore nonrealistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details; others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for memory is seated predominately in the heart.”
Tom Wingfield, the narrator and a character in the play, is portrayed by Tomer Oz, a senior theatre arts major from Exeter.
Throughout, the play presents themes on topics such as duty, freedom and confinement, family, gender specific roles and the relationship between sisters and brothers.
Professor of Theatre Elizabeth Daily portrays Tom’s mother, Amanda Wingfield.
Daily says, “Amanda Wingfield is an iconic role, and is one of the monumental roles that a woman can play from the American canon. She is complex because of her situation in life, finding herself abandoned with two children in an area of the country that is not familiar to her. She is scrappy and finds ways to clothe and feed a family through the Great Depression. Her dilemma is that she has a child who requires special care and she is desperate to find solutions. She is complex because there are so many layers of emotion in whatever she does; but everything she does is to keep her family afloat. She’s also a great flirt and a constant talker!”
Tom’s sister, Laura Wingfield, is portrayed by junior theatre arts and communication studies double major Meg Anchukaitis from Walpole, Mass. A childhood illness has left Laura with a limp, and she has an inferiority complex that has caused her to be isolated from the outside world. She has created a world of her own, symbolized by her collection of glass figurines. Her mother is constantly trying to find her a “gentleman caller” in an era when women were expected to marry and be taken care of, and does so in the personage of Jim, portrayed by senior theatre arts major Chase Perkins, from Manchester.
Tickets for The Glass Menagerie are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and youth at the Silver
Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.