“The Glass Menagerie,” one of Tennessee Williams’ most beloved plays, will come to Frostburg State University on Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m. Part of the Main Stage Series of the Cultural Events Series, “The Glass Menagerie,” presented by Walnut Street Theatre, will be performed in the Drama Theatre of the Performing Arts Center.
The play takes place in 1937 in a small apartment in St. Louis at the home of Amanda Wingfield and her two children – Tom, an aspiring poet and shoe factory worker, and Laura, a painfully shy girl who wears a brace on her leg and spends her free time playing with her small glass animal collection. Amanda is Laura’s mother and a former Southern belle, who, since her husband left her, has been obsessed with finding an appropriate “gentleman caller” for her fragile daughter. The overbearing mother elicits the help of her irresponsible, dreamer son in hopes of making her own dreams come true.
“The Glass Menagerie” is considered by many to be an autobiographical play about Williams’ own life, with the characters and story mimicking his past more closely than any of his other works. Williams (whose real name is Thomas) would be Tom, his mother, Amanda, and his sickly and (supposedly) mentally ill sister Rose would be Laura (whose nickname in the play is “Blue Roses,” a result of an unfortunate bout of pleurosis as a high school student). It has also been suggested that Laura’s character is based on Williams himself, referencing his introverted nature and obsessive focus on one part of life.
Tickets are $22 for adults and $15 for those under 17. Group discount tickets are available. For more information about purchasing tickets, contact the Cultural Events Series at 301-687-3137 or visit http://ces.frostburg.edu.
This tour engagement of Walnut Street Theatre is funded through the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation’s Mid-Atlantic Tours program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Maryland State Arts Council. This project is partially supported by grants from Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour, a program developed and funded by the Heinz Endowments; the William Penn Foundation; the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the Pew Charitable Trusts, and is administered by the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation. This event is sponsored in part by the Allegany Arts Council with funds from MSAC. The Cultural Events Series is supported by grants from MSAC, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. An agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development, MSAC provides financial support and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations, units of government, colleges and universities for arts activities. Funding for MSAC is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency that believes a great nation deserves great art.
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions and two regional higher education centers within the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.
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