Spotlight on: "The Glass Menagerie"

Sally Field and Joe Mantello star in Tennessee Williams’s most personal work for the stage.

ABOUT THE SHOW

The Glass Menagerie is the play that brought a brilliant young writer named Tennessee Williams to national attention, and, in his own words, "changed my life irrevocably" when it first premiered on Broadway in 1945. More than 70 years later, Williams’s most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world. Two-time Academy Award winner Sally Field and two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello star in the cherished play, along with Finn Wittrock and Madison Ferris in her Broadway debut.

TRIVIA

  • Sally Field, who plays Amanda, previously took on the role in a well-received 2004 Kennedy Center production of the play in Washington, DC. Joe Mantello (Tom) has won Tony Awards as a director, but he is also a two-time past Tony-nominee for acting, in Angels in America and The Normal Heart.
  • This is considered Williams’s most autobiographical play. However, the narrator, Tom, introduces the piece as a memory play based on his recollection of his mother and sister—and cautions the audience that what they see may not be precisely what happened.

HISTORY

Tennessee Williams’s first successful play premiered in Chicago in 1944 and opened on Broadway the following year. This is its 7th Broadway revival. The play is directed by Sam Gold, who first staged this production of The Glass Menagerie with an entirely Dutch cast at Toneelgroep Amsterdam in 2015. There have been several film and television adaptations of the play, most notably one starring Katharine Hepburn as Amanda Wingfiled.

SCRIPT

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