The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee WilliamsNo play in the modern theatre has so captured the imagination and heart of the American public as Tennessee Williamss The Glass Menagerie. As Williamss first popular success, it launched the brilliant, if somewhat controversial, career, of our pre-eminent lyric playwright. Since its premiere in Chicago in 1944, with the legendary Laurette Taylor in the role of Amanda, Menagaerie has been the bravura piece for great actresses from Jessica Tandy to Joanne Woodward, and is studied and performed in classrooms and theatres around the world.
The Glass Menagerie (in the reading text the author preferred) is now available only in its New Directions Paperbook edition. A new introduction by the editor of The Tennessee Williams Annual Review, Robert Bray, reappraises the play more than half a century after it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. This edition of The Glass Menagerie also includes Williamss essay on the impact of sudden fame on a struggling writer, The Catastrophe of Success, as well as a short section of Williamss own Production Notes.
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In , Williams, then 30, wrote the short story "Portrait of a Girl in Glass," which focused on Laura Wingfield, a cripplingly shy young girl with a nagging though unnamed mother. In the summer of , Williams retooled the story into a screenplay titled The Gentleman Caller , which was rejected by MGM Studios, where he had worked. He redrafted "Portrait" and "Caller" into The Glass Menagerie , which was also rejected; in , he adapted it for the stage. Amanda insists that Tom bring home a "gentlemen caller" for Laura, whose lack of social confidence contrasts sharply with Amanda's fantasies. Louis apartment inspired the Wingfield flat. Though sparsely attended in its first performances, the play exploded in popularity thanks to good reviews, and tranferred to Broadway's Playhouse Theatre on March 31, How can you not love this play?
The first performance of the play was in Chicago in The first in a series of some of the most celebrated plays in American theatre, 'The Glass Menagerie' was based on a short story 'Portrait of a Girl in Glass' which he wrote a year earlier, but was not published until The play is written from the point of view of narrator Tom Wingfield, and many have seen it as an autobiographical play with clear references to Williams' own life. The playwright's real name was Thomas. However, some commentators suggest that the character of Laura, rather than Tom, more closely resembles Williams himself.
The Glass Menagerie
Abandoned by the father of her children, Amanda is obsessed with finding a suitor for her shy and vulnerable daughter, Laura. It is recommended for ages 13 and up.
Tom, the aspiring writer, longs for freedom and adventure. His frail and crippled sister, Laura, is lost in a delicate world of glass figurines. That exquisitely arcing last scene reminds you of the measured yet intoxicating power of Williams' writing. Suffice to say that Tiffin, in his directorial debut in Hudson, has made it his own. And in most impressive style.
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