Cherry Jones, Zachary Quinto and Celia Keenan-Bolger Star in The Glass Menagerie, Opening at A.R.T. Feb. 6
By Adam Hetrick
Tony Award-winning Once director John Tiffany's new production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie — which the director places over a glimmering black pool — officially opens Feb. 6 at the American Repertory Theater. Tony Award winner Cherry Jones stars as smothering mother Amanda Wingfield.
Williams' poignant 1945 memory play about an overbearing mother and her fragile daughter, a relationship inspired by his own mother and sister, began previews Feb. 2 and will run through March 17 in Cambridge, MA.
In addition to staging Once, Tiffany is also the director of the acclaimed National Theatre of Scotland production of Black Watch. He will helm Alan Cumming's one-man Macbeth on Broadway this spring.
Jones earned Tony Awards for The Heiress and Doubt. The cast also featurez Zachary Quinto (Angels in America, "Star Trek") as narrator son Tom, Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher, Spelling Bee) as sister Laura and Brian J. Smith (The Columnist, Come Back Little Sheba) as the Gentleman Caller.
"She is a heroine," Jones said, describing the character of faded belle Amanda in a recent Playbill magazine feature. "I never thought of her before as a heroine, but she absolutely is. She was left by her husband around 1920 and has had to survive the next 15 years or so with little children growing up, with no support, out of her element. What in the world did she do?"
The Glass Menagerie reunites Tiffany's Tony Award-winning Once creative team. It has scenic and costume design by Bob Crowley, lighting design by Natasha Katz and sound design by Clive Goodwin.
For the new staging, Tiffany and designer Crowley have created a series of platforms depicting the Wingfield apartment, which appear to float over a pool of black liquid.
According to A.R.T., "The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee Williams' poetic masterpiece, anchored by the aging southern belle Amanda Wingfield, who hopes for her son Tom to fulfill her dreams of finding the perfect 'gentleman caller' for her shy and damaged daughter Laura."
For tickets visit AmericanRepertoryTheater. A.R.T. is located at 64 Brattle Street in Cambridge, MA.
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