AUDITIONS February 2 & 3, 2015
THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Maureen Style
AUDITIONS: Feb 2 & 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm
PRODUCTION: Apr 16-19, 23-26, 2015
Roles: 2 m. 2f.
The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee Williams’ poetic masterpiece, anchored by the ageing southern belle Amanda Wingfield, who hopes for her son Tom to fulfill her dreams of finding the perfect “gentleman caller” for her shy and damaged daughter Laura.
Amanda Wingfield - Laura and Tom’s mother
Laura Wingfield - Amanda’s daughter and Tom’s older sister.
Tom Wingfield - Amanda’s son and Laura’s younger brother.
Jim O’Connor - An old acquaintance of Tom and Laura.
WINNER! - DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD - OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY - 2014
WINNER! - DRAMA DESK AWARD - OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS, Celia Keenan-Bolger - 2014
WINNER! - OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD - OUTSTANDING LEADING ACTRESS IN A PLAY, Cherry Jones - 2014
WINNER! - OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD - OUTSTANDING FEATURED ACTOR IN A PLAY, Brian J. Smith – 2014
TONY Nominee - Best Revival of a Play, Best Actress, Best Featured Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Director - 2014
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. The 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.
A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, THE GLASS MENAGERIE is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre.
Amanda Wingfield - Laura and Tom’s mother. A proud, vivacious woman, Amanda clings fervently to memories of a vanished, genteel past. She is simultaneously admirable, charming, pitiable, and laughable.
Laura Wingfield - Amanda’s daughter and Tom’s older sister. Laura has a bad leg, on which she has to wear a brace, and walks with a limp. Twenty-three years old and painfully shy, she has largely withdrawn from the outside world and devotes herself to old records and her collection of glass figurines.
Tom Wingfield - Amanda’s son and Laura’s younger brother. An aspiring poet, Tom works at a shoe warehouse to support the family. He is frustrated by the numbing routine of his job and escapes from it through movies, literature, and alcohol.
Jim O’Connor - An old acquaintance of Tom and Laura. Jim was a popular athlete in high school and is now a shipping clerk at the shoe warehouse in which Tom works. He is unwaveringly devoted to goals of professional achievement and ideals of personal success.
Mr. Wingfield - Amanda’s husband and Laura and Tom’s father. Mr. Wingfield was a handsome man who worked for a telephone company. He abandoned his family years before the action of the play and never appears onstage. His picture, however, is prominently displayed in the Wingfields’ living room.
The Director will select readings from the script, no need to prepare anything.
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