The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
Jonathan Lewis and Amanda Gentry
The Glass Menagerie was Tennessee Williams' first real success. Critics raved about the play, and it slowly rose in popularity as people went to see what everyone was talking about.
It was called 'the memory play' because the story is told through the reflections and memories of its main character, Tom. Tom's reflections on his past seem to haunt him, and as he recounts his memories they come to life on stage.
Having Tom narrate the play - and also play the role of himself - as his memories come to life creates a kind of tension in the play because what we are seeing is not exactly what happened, but how Tom remembers it. We, therefore, see not an objective portrayal but one that is colored by his personal experiences as he retells us the story. The Glass Menagerie fascinated audiences for its presentation of one man's vision of his past.
The cast is 2M, 2F
The idea is to also have a “chorus” of actors involved in the play to create moments of tension, pathos and to aid dynamic and shape.
The reading date is Wednesday 13 November, 7.30pm in the Lounge of The Galtres Centre.
Part of this evening Amanda will also take people into another space and work the idea of the chorus.
A fascinating evening is planned. Everyone welcome.