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The Glass Menagerie Last Modified: Monday, May 11, 2009
The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Mary Hill
April 2009

Synopsis

From the Dramatists Play Service:

One of the most famous plays of the modern theatre. A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty. 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 unrealistic world of the movies. Laura also lives in her own 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.

"... one of the great representations of the defeated South" - New York Theater Review

"The Glass Menagerie, like spring, is a pleasure to have in the neighborhood." - New York Times


Published by Dramatists Play Service.

Director Mary Hill

Barbara Morgan as Amanda Wingfield Chris Powers as Tom Wingfield
CAST
In order of appearance
Role Actor
Tom Wingfield (the Narrator): Chris Powers
Amanda Wingfield: Barbara Morgan
Tom Wingfield: Chris Powers
Laura Wingfield: Pai Yin Mros1
Jim O'Connor (The Gentleman Caller): Jake Houpt2

1 Pai Yin's Pocket Theatre stage debut.
2 Jake's first experience in acting.
Our Crew
Producer: Gene Forsyth
Director: Mary Hill
Asst. Director/Stage Manager: Marilyn Linde
Props: Cindee Zerr Frankline
Sherryl Watkins
Wardrobe: Barbara Morgan
Set Design: Mary Hill
Set Construction: Mark Britton
Walter Dodson
Lighting Consultant: Mary Hill
Lights: Walter Dodson
Sound: Emily Parker
Publicity: Jackie Stuelke
Gene Forsyth
Programs: Bill and Barbara White
Program Printing: Alliance Business Systems
Office: Margaret Forsyth
Peggy Socias
Graphic Arts: Neil Richardson
Newsletter: Ann Wilson
Margaret Forsyth
House Manager: Walter Dodson
Webmaster: John Lukas
Pai Yin Mros as Laura Wingfield Jake Houpt as Jim O'Conner

OUR THANKS:
Tom Cooper
Hot Springy Dingy
Santa's Work Shop Hot Springs
Pocket Theatre Board of Directors
The Sentinel-Record
Hot Springs Village Voice
The Arkansas Democrat Gazette
The Hot Springs Advertising & Promotion Commission
KZNG 1340 AM Hot Springs News/Talk Radio
KVRE 92.9 FM Hot Springs Village Nostalgia Radio
Hot Springs Village Players
Jerry Jones

Our sincere apology to all those whom we inadvertantly omitted.


A special thanks to ALL of those who have worked so hard to make Pocket Theatre the success it is!!