The Glass Menagerie

by  Tennessee Williams

Full Length Play, Drama  /  2m, 2f

A drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, The Glass Menagerie is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2m, 2f
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

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.
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Accolades

  • WINNER! - DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD - OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY - 2014
    Nominee! - TONY - Best Revival of a Play - 2014

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

License details

  • Licensing available for professional groups only. Some restrictions apply.

Production

Details

  • Setting: An alley in St. Louis. Now and the past.

Casting

2m, 2f
AMANDA WINGFIELD
LAURA WINGFIELD
TOM WINGFIELD
JIM O'CONNOR
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Cast Attributes

  • Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)

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Authors

Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) explores passion with daring honesty, and forged a poetic theatre of raw psychological insight that shattered conventional proprieties and transformed the American stage. The autobiographical The Glass Menagerie brought what Mr. Williams called “the catastrophe of success,” a success capp ...

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The Glass Menagerie premiered on Broadway at the Playhouse Theatre in March 1945 under the direction of Eddie Dowling.

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