The Glass Menagerie
By Tennessee Williams
Director Eamon Flack
Set Designer Michael Hankin
Costume Designer Mel Page
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Composer & Sound Designer Stefan Gregory
Video Design Consultant Sean Bacon
Assistant Director Jada Alberts
Dialect Coach Paige Walker-Carlton
Belvoir St Theatre | Upstairs
20 September – 2 November 2014
I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion.
The Glass Menagerie was Tennessee Williams’ first successful play. It premiered in 1944 in Chicago and by 1945 it played Broadway and won the The New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It catapulted him from obscurity to fame and signaled his great future as a significant playwright.
Amanda Wingfield is a single mother. Her husband abandoned the family years before. She is no longer living the life she dreamed of as a young Southern belle. Her son Tom works in a warehouse, setting aside his own ambitions to support his family. Her daughter Laura is achingly shy. Her health is not good and she has secretly withdrawn from secretarial college. The three of them live in a small apartment that is hunted by the absence of Amanda’s husband and pent up with fantasies and rage. Amanda’s only hope is for a suitor for Laura to bring some romance to their lives.
Pamela Rabe makes her long anticipated return to the Belvoir stage as Amanda, a woman of deep sadness and startling ferocity. Rabe’s last performance on the Belvoir stage was in Little Cherry Orchard fifteen years ago.
This production reunites Luke Mullins with his Angels in America director Eamon Flack in the role Williams based on himself. Tom is a scathing self-portrait of a closeted poet working as a labourer who will be brought to life with Mullins’ gentle and searing performance.
Rose Reilly will make her Belvoir debut as Laura. A 2013 WAAPA graduate, she made her professional debut in Black Swan Theatre Company’s Flood earlier this year. Harry Greenwood (Once in Royal David’s City) returns to Belvoir as the Gentleman Caller.
Director Eamon Flack will bring his customary light touch and huge breadth of vision to this expansive and intimate play about loss and regret and the possibility of hope.
Notes for Editors
Dates 20 September – 2 November
Previews Saturday 20, Sunday 21 & Tuesday 23 September
Opening night Wednesday 24 September
Unwaged Performance 2pm Thursday 2 October
Captioned Performance 2pm Saturday 25 October
Sunday Forum 3pm 2 November
Times Tuesday 6.30pm | Wednesday to Friday 8pm | Saturday 2pm & 8pm | Sunday 5pm
Tickets Full $68 | Seniors/Industry/Group $58 | Concession $48 | Previews $48
Venue Belvoir St Theatre | 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Bookings 02 9699 3444 or belvoir.com.au
Production images by Brett Boardman – download
Rehearsal images by Brett Boardman – download
Hero images by Gary Heery – download
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