The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams

Directed by Grant Purdy

This exquisite show catapulted Tennessee Williams from obscurity to fame, winning the coveted New York Drama Critics' Circle Award in 1945.

While this play is rarely seen in community theatre, many will have enjoyed the Malthouse production in 2016. It has also been adapted for the cinema with probably the most compelling being directed by Paul Newman and starring Joanne Woodward and John Malkovich.

The Wingfields are one of theatre’s most iconic and heartbreakingly real families. For WTC, Grant Purdy has created a simple, haunting design for this classic and timeless family drama, full of humour and heartbreak. The story, fuelled by pity and duty, burdened by love and hate, is tempered by many moments of happiness and tenderness.

This is an exceptional play that will stay in your memory for ever. As with most WTC shows, this will sell out for most performances.

Audition Call

March 19th at 5pm and March 21st at 8pm at Warrandyte Mechanics’ Institute Hall.

Performances June 16th to July 1st

In June and July Warrandyte Theatre Company will stage this classic American play portraying a timeless story about family.

WMIAA members and others are invited to audition for the four parts.

Tom Wingfield: Tom is the storyteller, and his memories are those that are portrayed in the play. Tom works at a shoe warehouse to support his family but is frustrated by his job and aspires to be a poet. He struggles to write, all the while being sleep-deprived and irritable.

Laura Wingfield: A shy, fragile young lady with an inferiority complex, that isolates her from the outside world. She has created a world of her own, symbolized by her collection of glass figurines.

Amanda Wingfield: A faded Southern belle abandoned by her husband, while trying to raise her two children under harsh financial conditions. Amanda is a vigorous, energetic woman who has kept her family together through the dint of her energies.

Jim O’Connor: Jim was a popular athlete and actor during his days at High School, but subsequent years have been less kind to him.

Please contact Grant Purdy on 0412 121 631, or, if you wish to audition, advising him which date and time is best for you. Grant will supply the audition pieces.

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Glass Menagerie (2023)