The Glass Menagerie
By Tennessee WilliamsBuy Tickets
March 21 - April 7, 2019
A classic comes to Cardinal Stage with this touching family drama from one of America’s most celebrated playwrights. Amanda Wingfield dreams of a better life for herself and her two grown children, but with her shy daughter Laura struggling and her restless son Tom scheming to leave town, reality threatens to shatter her illusions and their family.
“The Glass Menagerie” belongs on the same exclusive shelf as “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “Death of a Salesman” and Williams’s own “Streetcar Named Desire.” It is not a lovely little memory play; it’s a great memory tragedy. – Ben Brantley, The New York Time
“Some plays are so brilliant, so perceptive, so poignant that they can be seen time and again — each viewing revealing another gem.” – The Chicago Critic
“A fragile, simple, beautiful creation of the 1940s that has finally come into its own in a new century” – The Chicago Tribune
“The Glass Menagerie captures the eye and the mind like one of Laura’s glass figurines—something you turn this way and that in order to catch the light of your own memories of family and heartache and all the changes that led up to that moment in which you had to leave, the better to become yourself.” – The New Yorker
Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was one of America’s most prolific and important playwrights. His prodigious output included THE GLASS MENAGERIE (NY Drama Critics Award 1944), A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (New York Drama Critics Award, Pulitzer Prize 1947), SUMMER AND SMOKE (1948), THE ROSE TATTOO (1951), CAMINO REAL (1953), CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF (New York Drama Critics Award, Pulitzer Prize 1955), ORPHEUS DESCENDING (1957), SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH (1959), NIGHT OF THE IGUANA (1961), THE MILK TRAIN DOESN’T STOP HERE ANYMORE (1963), OUT CRY (1973), VIEUX CARRE (1977), A LOVELY SUNDAY FOR CREVE COEUR (1979), and SOMETHING CLOUDY, SOMETHING CLEAR (1981). NOT ABOUT NIGHTINGALES, which he wrote in 1947, was produced at the Royal National Theatre, London, and at the Alley Theatre, Houston, in 1998 with great success.
- Kate Galvin
- Stage Manager
- Corey Hollinger
- Scenic & Lighting Designer
- Thom Weaver
- Costume Designer
- Becky Underwood
- Sound Designer
- Robert Hornbostel
- Assistant Sound Designer
- Macy Kloville
- Props Master
- Kate Seader
- ASM / Wardrobe
- Chelsea Pell
Michael Bayler (Jim O’Connor) is a second-year M.F.A student in acting with a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Missouri. He is very excited to make his Cardinal Stage Debut! For IU Theatre: Peter and the Starcatcher (Black Stache), Julius Caesar (Brutus), The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? (Ross), Only Child (Pat). For IU Summer Theatre: Our Town (George Gibbs), The Foreigner (Rev. David Lee). IU Credits: Fat Pig (Tom) for the first year M.F.A Directing Project. For MU Theatre: Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman), Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Guildenstern), Endgame (Hamm), Romeo & Juliet (Tybalt), and Wants Unwisht Work (Dr. Kling). For MU Summer Repertory Theatre: Arsenic and Old Lace (Jonathan Brewster), Crimes of the Heart (Barnette Lloyd), and Red, White, and Tuna (Bertha Bumiller/others). For GreenHouse Theatre Project: Measure (Angelo) and Big Love (Constantine). Michael is from Big Rock, Illinois.
Steve Pacek (Tom Wingfield) is thrilled to make his Cardinal Stage debut! He is a Philadelphia-based theatre artist. Recent credits include: Hand to God (Jason/Tyrone) – Alley Theatre; The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sir Henry) – Virginia Stage Co. & TheatreSquared; A Nantucket Christmas Carol (Fred) – White Heron Theatre Co.; Peter and the Starcatcher (Peter) – Arkansas Rep & TheatreSquared; Something Wicked This Way Comes (Lightning Rod Salesman) – Delaware Theatre Co.; Metamophoses (Phaeton), The Secret Garden(Dickon), A Year With Frog and Toad (Snail), Clybourne Park (Jim/Tom/Kenneth) – Arden Theatre Company. Co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of 11th Hour Theatre Company in Philadelphia. Teacher at Jen Waldman Studio in NYC. BFA, Ithaca College. Proud AEA member. Special thanks to Kate Galvin for the continued collaboration and to everyone at Cardinal for welcoming a new guy to town! www.stevepacek.com
Courtney Relyea-Spivack (Laura Wingfield) is a graduate of IU with a BA in Theatre and French. For the Phoenix in Indianapolis: Indecent (Ingenue). For Cardinal Stage: Robin Hood (Maid Marian). For IUST: Persuasion (Mrs. Clay), Love’s Labour’s Lost (Katherine). For IU: The Tempest (Ariel), Antigone (Ismene), Pride and Prejudice (Kitty Bennet). Film: Ms. White Light (Nurse Rosie/Transportation Manager), The Miseducation of Bindu (Drunk Tampon Girl). Other Credits: Circle Mirror Transformation (Theresa), University Player’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Germaine), Twelfth Night (Olivia), Picasso’s Women (Marie Therese Walter). Courtney interned for NYC’s LAByrinth Theater Company’s Directing and Writing retreat this past August. She was the second place winner in last year’s NSAL National Drama Competition. Courtney is from Demarest, NJ.
Francesca Sobrer (Amanda Wingfield) Before making her way to Chicago, Francesca was the director of Bloomington High School North Theatre for about 20 years and also performed in Cardinal productions Love, Loss and What I Wore and Merchant of Venice. BPP productions include Home, Three Views of the Same Object, and Sans Merci. Chicago credits include Understudy/Maria Callas Masterclass for Timeline Theatre, Everybody with Brown Paper Box Co and Understudy/Sandy for Theatre Wit’s Women Laughing Alone with Salad. Francesca is thrilled to be home again in Indiana and to be working with Cardinal on this incredible play. Represented by Gray Talent Group.