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Theatre Department to present Tennessee Williams’ ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Published: January 25, 2011

The Eastern Nazarene College Theatre Department will present Tennessee Williams’ classic play, The Glass Menagerie, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday Feb. 24-Saturday Feb. 26 in the Cove Fine Arts Center.

Believed to be the playwright’s most autobiographical work, The Glass Menagerie is a “memory play” that recalls the Wingfield Family ? mother Amanda, son Tom and daughter, Laura ? and their lives in 1930s St. Louis. Amanda, a faded Southern belle, longs for the gentility of her youth as she struggles to raise her children on her own while pushing them to achieve the kind of lifestyle that has escaped her. Tom, an aspiring writer, dreams of leaving his mother and sister behind while working in a warehouse to support them. And fragile Laura ? who still has a trace of a limp from the leg brace she once wore ? would rather stay in the family’s apartment admiring her cherished collection of glass animal figurines than go to business school and find a husband as Amanda desires.

Production Manager Tara Brooke Watkins said ENC’s production will attempt to fulfill Tennessee Williams’ original vision for the play, which included using images projected upon the stage to heighten the sense that the audience is watching memories of years ago.

“Williams originally wrote the play with the intention of using photographs and film of various moments and images mentioned throughout the play,” Watkins said. “His efforts were thwarted, however, when the original producer rejected the idea.”

In ENC’s production, Director and Set Designer Michael W. Ballard will bring Williams’ original vision to life. “Audiences will see a version of what Tennessee Williams originally hoped to accomplish,” Watkins said, “with Tom’s visual memories projected on the scene, driving home the weight such memories carry for an individual.”

Tickets for The Glass Menagerie are $10 general admission, $7 for ENC faculty/staff and outside students, and $5 for ENC students and children 12 and under. For tickets or more information, call the Cove box office at 617-745-3715.

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