THE GLASS MENAGERIE SPARKLES
Tennessee Williams' poignant masterpiece finds new life
as part of ATC's AMERICA PLAYS! initiative
Considered by many to be Tennessee Williams' greatest play, THE GLASS MENAGERIE is an achingly beautiful story of longing and love that has touched generations of theatergoers with its sparkling, delicate radiance. This spring, Arizona Theatre Company breathes new life into this classic American story. Directed by Juliette Carrillo, THE GLASS MENAGERIE marks the third year of ATC's AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories series. It runs from February 27 through March 20 at the Temple of Music and Art, 330 S. Scott Ave., in downtown Tucson and continues its run in Phoenix from March 25 through April 11 at the Herberger Theater Center. THE GLASS MENAGERIE is sponsored in part by The Stonewall Foundation and JP Morgan Chase. The 2009-2010 season underwriters are I. Michael and Beth Kasser.
In the 1930s in a small tenement apartment in St. Louis, the Wingfield family awaits your visit. The mother, Amanda, lives in an illusion of recapturing her faded Southern Belle glory. Her daughter Laura lives in a fantasy world of delicate glass figurines, and her son Tom dreams poetically of a world beyond the back stoop. When Tom brings home a Gentleman Caller to meet his sister, THE GLASS MENAGERIE weaves these lives into a heart-stopping dance of hopes pursued and dreams betrayed.
THE GLASS MENAGERIE is the third production in ATC's AMERICA PLAYS! Celebrating Great American Stories initiative. This ambitious multi-year series of beloved American classics includes free community engagement activities designed to enhance ATC patrons' experience of this classic play. Free events for THE GLASS MENAGERIE include a contest about "finding your voice" which will culminate in a graffiti/spoken word event, a reader's theatre experience, an acting workshop, and a glass blowing demonstration, in addition to a regularly scheduled series of post-performance discussions and pre-performance talks. All AMERICA PLAYS! events are free and open to the public.
Audiences can look forward to highly theatrical staging of Williams' drama in which director Juliette Carrillo will break down the fourth wall to engage theatergoers as they watch the work come to life on stage. "It's a journey that the audience will go on as the characters do," commented Carrillo, "and they'll be building the play together."
Juliette Carrillo (Director) is most recently known for her productions of Lydia by Octavio Solis, produced at Denver Center Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre and Mark Taper Forum. She has directed critically acclaimed productions across the country, including Eduardo Machado's The Cook, Sam Shepard's Eyes for Consuela, Nilo Cruz' Anna in the Tropics and Jose Rivera's References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. Currently a member of Cornerstone Theater Company, Ms. Carrillo has collaborated with numerous communities in creating work. Her most recent piece was with the Los Angeles River community on a play with music by Julie Hebert entitled Touch the Water. Ms. Carrillo was also an Artistic Associate at South Coast Repertory for seven years, where she directed regularly in their season and ran the Hispanic Playwright's Project, collaborating with successful Latino writers across the country.
Playing the members of the Wingfield family in THE GLASS MENAGERIE are Catalina Maynard (Amanda Wingfield), who appeared in the world premiere of Lydia directed by Juliette Carrillo at Denver Center Theatre Company, Yale Repertory Theatre, and Mark Taper Forum. Her other regional credits include TheatreWorks, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Children's Theatre Company, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, Borderlands Theater, San Diego Repertory Theatre and Ion Theatre LAB; Noel Joseph Allain (Tom Wingfield), who has recently been seen in New York in The Wife (The Lark); Rocky Philly (Van Cougar); Sa Ka La (Oslo Elsewhere); 2 Gents (poortom productions); Tender (Thirteenth Night Theater); The Name Means Public Spirited (Target Margin Theater); Now That Communism is Dead, My Life Feels Empty (Ontological-Hysteric Theater); and Baal (Fovea Floods Theater); and Barbra Wengerd (Laura Wingfield), who appeared Off-Broadway in The Taming of the Shrew at The New Duke on 42nd Street. Other New York appearances include Twelfth Night; Maybe Baby, It's You; Medea; The Misanthrope; Fit for Feet; and Tamburlaine. Regionally, she has been seen with The National Shakespeare Company; Royal George Theatre; and The Old Globe. Brian Ibsen (Jim O'Connor) appeared on Broadway in The Lion In Winter directed by Michael Meyer and The Rainmaker directed by Scott Ellis. Regionally, Mr. Ibsen has performed in Moon Over Buffalo, The Drawer Boy, The Lion In Winter, An Infinite Ache, The Two Gentleman of Verona, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Compleat Female Stage Beauty (directed by Mark Lamos), the world premiere of Loves and Hours, The Taming of the Shrew, Tweltfth Night, and Pericles.
The design team includes Darcy Scanlin (Scenic Designer) who designs sets for theatre, opera and film. Her critically-acclaimed designs have been produced at Prague National Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Bard SummerScape, Long Beach Opera, South Coast Repertory, Cornerstone Theater Company, Milwaukee Shakespeare, A Noise Within, Magic Theatre and The Getty Center. She has also production-designed three feature films and multiple shorts. Emily Pepper (Costume Designer) has designed several New York productions, including Two-Handers and Psycho Therapy, FUBAR, Henry V, A Slight Headache, King of Shadows, Tio Pepe, Scariest, Frankenstein, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Suicide, Golden Boy and Fizz. Her regional credits include Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, The Old Globe, Delaware Theatre Company, and La Jolla Playhouse, among others. Lonnie Rafael Alcaraz (Lighting Designer) has designed at various regional theatres, such as Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Laguna Playhouse, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Great River Shakespeare Festival and the Utah Shakespearean Festival. Selected productions include Ordinary Days, La Posada Magica and Culture Clash in AmeriCCa, Flow on the LA River; Dead Man's Cell Phone; Of Mice and Men; and Richard Montoya's Water & Power. Josh Schmidt (Composer/Sound Designer) has designed on Broadway for The Neil Simon Plays (Nederlander Theater). Off-Broadway, his work has been a part of When the Rain Stops Falling, Adding Machine: A Musical, Fifty, and Crime and Punishment. Other regional credits include shows at Alley Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, American Players Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Ford's Theatre, and many others. The Stage Manager is Tim Toothman, and the Production Stage Manager is Glenn Bruner.
Arizona Theatre Company offers accessibility services for patrons with disabilities for select performances. Audio Description provides patrons with vision loss a running audio description of the movement and activities onstage through an infrared broadcast system. An audio-described performance is offered on March 18 at 2 PM. Interested patrons may request a tactile tour one hour prior to curtain. American Sign Language interpretation is presented by professional, theatrically-trained ASL-interpreters for people who have deafness or hearing impairment. An ASL-interpreted performance is offered on March 18 at 7:30 PM. Open-Captioning allows patrons to read the play's dialogue on an LED screen as the play progresses. An open-captioned performance is offered on March 18 at 2 PM. For open-captioned or ASL-interpreted performances, patrons should request seats best suited to ASL interpretation or captioning when purchasing tickets. Large print and Braille playbills and infrared listening amplificationdevices are also available at every ATC performance with reservation. TTY access for the box office is available in Tucson at (520) 884-9723 or via Arizona Relay at (800) 367-8939 (TTY/ASCII).
Tickets start at $26, depending on date and section choice and are available at www.arizonatheatre.org or by calling the box office at (520) 622-2823. Discounts are available for students, seniors and active military on specific performance days. Half-price rush tickets are available for balcony seating for all performances one hour prior to curtain at the ATC box office (subject to availability).
Ten Dollar Tuesday for THE GLASS MENAGERIE is March 2 at 7:30 PM. Balcony seats for this preview performance are available for a suggested $10 donation. (Tickets must be purchased at the ATC Box Office starting at 11 AM on March 2. Seating is 'first-come, first served' and is not guaranteed. Cash only, please. Two tickets per person maximum.)
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