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The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie

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Writer:
  • family
  • disability
  • siblings
  • mother
  • homosexuality
  • depression
  • working class
  • illness
  • obsession
  • typing
  • movies


Overview


Synopsis

A theatrical piece of distinct power, with some of Tennessee Williams’ most potent lyricism, The Glass Menagerie is a memory play as told to us by Tom Wingfield, a merchant marine looking back on the Depression years he spent with his overbearing Southern genteel mother, Amanda, and his physically disabled, cripplingly shy sister, Laura. While Amanda strives to give her children a life beyond the decrepit St. Louis tenement they inhabit, she is herself trapped by the memory of her life past-- a life of cotillions and suitors and wealth, now long gone. Tom, working at a shoe factory and paying the family’s rent, finds his own escape in drinking and going to the movies, while Laura pours her energy into caring for her delicate glass figurines.. Tom, pressured by his mother to help find Laura a suitable husband, invites an acquaintance from the factory to the apartment, a powerful possibility that pushes Amanda deeper into her obsessions and makes Laura even more vulnerable to shattering, exposed like the glass menagerie she treasures. Williams’ intensely personal and brilliantly tender masterpiece exposes the complexity of our memories, and the ways in which we can never truly escape them.


Characters

Male

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Female

Supporting

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
1 Act
First Produced:
1944
Genres
Drama
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
st. louis, missouri, 1930s
Cast Size
small
Licensor:
Ideal For
community theatre, high schools, professional theatre, small cast
Casting Notes:

Includes young adult, adult, mature adult characters
Tags:
  • family
  • disability
  • siblings
  • mother
  • homosexuality
  • depression
  • working class
  • illness
  • obsession
  • typing
  • movies

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