TWU Drama Presents: The Glass Menagerie

A classic drama from the American stage, The Glass Menagerie, will close the 2005-2006 main stage season for Trinity Western University Drama. The public is invited to attend the production which opens Wednesday, March 15.

This first success from playwright Tennessee Williams is considered to be one of the “big three” plays of American dramatic literature—the others being Arthur Miller's The Death of a Salesman and Eugene O'Neill's Long Day's Journey into Night.

Set in St. Louis in 1939, The Glass Menagerie centres on Tom Wingfield who recalls life with his southern mother Amanda and disabled sister Laura. He wants to leave home to pursue his dream of becoming a writer, while his mother desperately tries to marry off his sister. As the play's narrator, Tom recounts the strained relationships within his family.

“The story deals with those in society who, for one reason or another, cannot handle the harsh realities of life in a fallen world,” says TWU drama professor Lloyd Arnett. “Most critics agree that Laura is based on the tragic life of Williams' own sister, Rose, who spent the majority of her adult life in a mental asylum. Yet despite the play's serious issues, it contains a comic edge that has engaged audiences for 60 years.”

Directed by Arnett, the Trinity Western production features student performances by Josh Doerksen, Matt Nauta, Kim Cameron and Kat Gauthier. The show's design will bring the audience back to 1930s America through the creative talents of set designer Cameron McKenzie, technical director Quinn Berry, costumer designer Nicole Bach and producer Aaron Caleb.

Event: The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
Date: Wednesday to Saturday, March 15 to 18, 2006
Wednesday to Saturday, March 22 to 25, 2006
Time: Evening performances at 8 p.m.
Saturday matinees at 2 p.m.
Location: Freedom Hall, Robert N. Thompson Building
Trinity Western University, 7600 Glover Road
Cost: Tickets ($5 to $12) are available at the door or at the University bookstore (604-513-2005)

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 14 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum