The Glass Menagerie
Eldred Theater at Case Western Reserve University will stage Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, a hauntingly beautiful play about a faded, one-time Southern belle (Amanda Wingfield) and her two grown children, all of whom seek escape in dream worlds. Performances are February 22, 23, 28, 29, and March 1 at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees on February 24 and March 2 at 2:30 p.m. Eldred Theater is located at 2070 Adelbert Rd., on the Case Quad behind Millis Science Center.
The Glass Menagerie is an enduring classic of the modern theater that launched Williams' phenomenal success as a playwright in 1945. The story is based on the life of character Tom Wingfield, a struggling poet who labors at a job he hates in order to support his overbearing mother and his crippled, withdrawn sister. The poverty-stricken, dysfunctional family lives in a dingy St. Louis apartment. The crux of the action occurs when the mother insists that her son bring home a coworker for dinner as a possible husband for her daughter. The world of illusion that the mother and daughter have strived to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them.
The play is directed by Jerrold Scott, associate professor in the department of theater and dance. Featured in the maternal role of Amanda Wingfield, is Catherine Albers, a Case theater professor, who appears by special waiver from the Actors' Equity Association. Guest designers include Jill Davis, set; Kristen Egan, lights; and Jasen J. Smith, costumes.
General admission is $10, with discounted prices of $7 for adults over 60 and Case personnel, and $5 for students. For ticket reservations or information, call the box office for the Department of Theater and Dance at (216) 368-6262.
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