Tennessee Williams’ classic play set in the 1930s about a family’s financial and emotional struggles amid conflicting aspirations. The play will run from March 6 to April 5, 2020 at the Ross Valley Players: Barn Theatre.
Synopsis: The Glass Menagerie pits a son’s desperate aspirations for a better and different life against his mother’s wistful nostalgia for her storied past and his sister’s debilitating shyness. Narrated by the son, Tom Wingfield who yearns to shed the yoke of his financial and filial responsibilities for a life far away. His sister, Laura, struggles to survive within his mother Amanda’s shadow of former antebellum popularity.
Play history: Tennessee Williams based his first successful play, The Glass Menagerie, on biographical elements and characters and on his short story “Portrait of a Girl in Glasses.” Though The Glass Menagerie premiered in 1944 in Chicago, it moved to Broadway in 1945 propelled by two Chicago critics’ enthusiasm. In that same year, it won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, which launched Williams’ career as a preeminent American playwright. The play’s poignant and painful story caught Hollywood’s interest and radio and television producers. Adaptations of the play enjoyed international success in Iran and India.