Friday, September 18, 2009

Tennessee Williams' Classic 'Glass Menagerie' Staged At Washington College's New Gibson Center

Chestertown – The Washington College Department of Drama will present Tennessee Williams’ classic drama “The Glass Menagerie” at Tawes Theatre in the newly renovated and expanded Gibson Center for the Arts on Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26, at 8 p.m.

“The Glass Menagerie” was the first stage success for Williams, who went on to become one of America’s most highly regarded playwrights. The drama premiered in Chicago in 1944, and in 1945 won the prestigious New York Drama Critics Circle Award.

The play is introduced to the audience by Tom Wingfield, who serves as both narrator and point-of-view as events unfold. The story is Tom’s recollection of his mother and his sister. The father abandoned the family years ago, and the mother remains stuck in the past. Tom works in a warehouse, doing his best to support the family. He chafes under the banality and boredom of everyday life and spends much of his spare time watching movies in cheap cinemas at all hours of the night. The mother is obsessed with finding a suitor for Tom’s sister, who spends most of her time obsessed with her glass collection.

Tom eventually plays matchmaker by bringing a co-worker home for dinner. The dinner guest at first seems like the ideal match for the sister, but things don’t always work out as well as hoped…

“The Glass Menagerie” is considered by many to be Williams’ most autobiographical play (before he was “Tennessee,” his real name was Tom), replete with the lonely mother and troubled sister who had been a part of the playwright’s home life.

The Washington College production of “The Glass Menagerie” is directed by senior Allison Valliant and features Katie Muldowney, Bethany Ackerman, Joe Rittenhouse and Brian Haluska. Admission is free, but reservations are required; call 410/778-7835 or e-mail

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