Awarded Best Play in 1945 by the New York Drama Critics' Circle and acclaimed as Williams's first great Broadway success, this emotionally devastating portrait of hope is a memory of Saint Louis during the 1930s. Aspiring poet Tom Wingfield reluctantly works in a warehouse to support his overbearing mother and debilitatingly shy sister, Laura. Pushed by his mother, he finds Laura a gentleman caller to try to coax her from her fragile private world. Don't miss this beautifully reimagined modern classic from award-winning director Jasson Minadakis (2010 San Francisco Bay Area Theater Critics Award for Director, Equivocation).

Celebrate the centennial of Tennessee Williams' birth with MTC. We have long had a relationship with the seminal American playwright, not only producing his ubiquitous A Streetcar Named Desire recently, but also posthumously premiering Fugitive Kind and Spring Storm.

Length of Show

Two hours and 15 minutes, including intermission.

Cast

  • Anna Bullard*

    Anna Bullard*

    Laura Wingfield

    Anna Bullard has appeared at MTC in the regional premiere of Equivocation, world premiere of Magic Forest Farm and Killer Joe. Her recent credits Titus Andronicus andMrs. Warren's Profession at Cal Shakes, as well as the world premiere of Jeffrey Hatcher's Ten Chimneys at Arizona Theatre Company. Other Bay Area credits include productions at A.C.T., San Jose Rep, TheatreWorks, Magic Theatre and Porchlight. Her regional credits include productions at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Humana Festival and Laguna Playhouse, as well as the NYC Fringe and Dorset Theatre Festivals. Bullard received her BA from Whitman College. She spent the 2004-05 season at Actors Theatre of Louisville, where her acting apprenticeship included a backstage crew position as Sherman Fracher's dresser for a production of A Christmas Carol.

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  • Sherman Fracher*

    Sherman Fracher*

    Amanda Wingfield

    Sherman Fracher makes her MTC debut inThe Glass Menagerie. She has been a company member at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company for nine seasons and has appeared in Much Ado About Nothing, Arm and the Man, The Ideal Husband, Romeo and Juliet,A Streetcar Named Desire, Chagrin Falls (Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role) and more. Her other regional credits include A Christmas Carol at Actors Theatre of Louisville; Macbeth and A Christmas Story at Georgia Shakespeare; Side Man, Private Eyes, Sight Unseen andThree Days of Rain at Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati; and Bug at Actor's Express. She appeared in the film Tattered Angel with Lynda Carter. Sherman resides in Northern Kentucky with her husband, actor/director Drew Fracher. She is a registered yoga instructor in the Kripalu tradition.

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  • Craig Marker*

    Craig Marker*

    Jim O'Connor

    Craig Marker has appeared at MTC in the world premieres of Seagull and 9 Circles, regional premiere of Equivocation and Bus Stop. His Bay Area theater credits includeThe Circle and Curse of the Starving Class at A.C.T.; Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet at Cal Shakes; As You Like It, The Foreigner, Iphigenia at Aulis and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow at San Jose Rep; Macbeth at Shotgun Players; Third, Theophilus North, Brooklyn Boy, Dolly West's Kitchen and Shakespeare in Hollywood at TheatreWorks;Wirehead, First Person Shooter and The Story at SF Playhouse;The Mousetrap and The Marriage of Figaro at Center REP;Cymbeline and Love's Labour's Lost at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; and The Shape of Things and The Persiansat Aurora Theatre Company. Marker appeared in David Edgar'sContinental Divide at Berkeley Rep, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Barbican Theatre (UK) and La Jolla Playhouse.


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  • Nicholas Pelczar*

    Nicholas Pelczar*

    Tom Wingfield

    Nicholas Pelczar has appeared at MTC in the regional premiere of boom. Other Bay Area credits include War Music, Rock 'n' Rolland A Christmas Carol at A.C.T.; Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Othello,Titus Andronicus, Taming of the Shrew, All's Well That Ends Welland The Importance of Being Earnest at Cal Shakes; 4 Adverbswith Word for Word; Hamlet and As You Like It at Pacific Repertory Theatre; A Midsummer Night's Dream at San Francisco Shakespeare Festival; and Marius and Dublin Carol at Aurora Theatre Company. He is a graduate of the A.C.T. MFA acting program.


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  • Andrew Wilke

    Andrew Wilke

    Trumpet

    Andrew Wilke makes his MTC debut in The Glass Menagerie. His Bay Area theater credits include children's theater productions at Berkeley Playhouse, The Music Man at Starstruck Theatre; A Chorus Line, West Side Story, Something's Afoot and Oliver at Pinole Community Theater; and Sophisticated Ladies at CSU East Bay. He is featured on recordings by A Class Act, Bobby Joe Ebola & the Children MacNuggets, James Nagal, Pomplamoose and Jack Conte. Currently studying with Erik Jekabson, Wilke previously had two years of classical study with Jeff Biancalana (San Francisco Symphony). He received a BA in trumpet performance with jazz emphasis from CSU East Bay.


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Creative Team

  • Tennessee Williams

    Tennessee Williams

    Playwright

    Tennessee Williams was one of America's major mid-20th century playwrights and his plays are among the most produced in the world. MTC has staged a number of his plays over the past 45 seasons, includingThe Glass Menagerie (1968), A Streetcar Named Desire (1973 and 2008), Vieux Carré (1984), Spring Storm (1999, world premiere) and Fugitive Kind (2003, professional world premiere). He is best known for his plays The Glass Menagerie (New York Drama Critics' Circle Award), A Streetcar Named Desire (Pulitzer Prize for Drama) and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Pulitzer Prize for Drama). Other works for stage include American Blues, Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo(Tony Award for Best Play), Camino Real, Orpheus Descending,Suddenly Last Summer, Sweet Bird of Youth, Night of the Iguana,The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore, The Seven Descents of Myrtle, In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel, The Two Character Playand The Eccentricities of a Nightingale. Williams also wrote short stories, novels, poetry, essays, screenplays and a volume of memoirs. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter honored Williams with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This year, 2011, marks the centennial of his birth. He died in 1983.

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  • Jasson Minadakis

    Jasson Minadakis

    Director

    Jasson Minadakis is in his sixth season as artistic director of MTC. Last season, he directed Edward Albee's Tiny Alice, the world premiere of Seagull and the west coast premiere of Happy Now?. In past seasons, he directed Equivocation, for which he won the 2010 Bay Area Critics Circle Award for Director, Sunlight,Lydia, The Seafarer, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, A Streetcar Named Desire, said Saïd, Love Song and The Subject Tonight is Love. He will direct Othello, the Moor of Venice later this season. As artistic director of Actor's Express Theatre Company, he directed The Pillowman, Bug, The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer, Echoes of Another Man, Killer Joe, Burn This, The Goat or, Who is Sylvia?, Blue/Orange and Bel Canto. As producing artistic director of Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival, he directed Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Chagrin Falls, The Beard of Avon, Arcadia, Nocturne, Fuddy Meers, Lovers & Executioners,Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, Betrayal, The Weir, Waiting for Godot, The Misanthrope, A Chance of Lightning, The Three Musketeers, Dracula, The Color Wheel and 19 productions of Shakespeare. Regional credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof andHamlet at Georgia Shakespeare, Copenhagen at Playhouse on the Square and Bedroom Farce at Wayside Theatre. The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Creative Loafing and Southern Voice named him Best Director of 2004. He has won “Production of the Year" awards for The Pillowman and Bug at Actor's Express,Copenhagen at Playhouse on the Square and Chagrin Falls at Cincinnati Shakespeare.


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  • Kat Conley

    Scenic Designer

    Kat Conley (Scenic Designer) has designed scenery for MTC's production of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Based in Atlanta, Conley has designed scenery for the Kennedy Center, the Alliance Theatre, Georgia Shakespeare, the Center for Puppetry Arts, Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre, the Atlanta Ballet, Actor's Express, 7 Stages, Theatrical Outfit, Theater in the Square, The Springer Opera House, The Bloomenthal Performing Arts Center and Aurora Theatre Company. She is an Associate Artist with both Georgia Shakespeare and Actor's Express. For the past 12 seasons, Conley has also been the Charge Scenic Artist for the Alliance Theater.

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  • Ben Wilhelm

    Lighting Designer

    Ben Wilhelm (Lighting Designer) makes his MTC debut in The Glass Menagerie. In the Bay Area, he has designed lighting for A.C.T.'s MFA productions. He is an ensemble member with the House Theatre of Chicago. His other theater design credits in Chicago include Steppenwolf Theatre, 500 Clown, Redmoon and Next Theatre. He has designed motion graphic displays for The Oprah Winfrey Show and worked in architectural lighting design.

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  • Jacqueline Firkins+

    Costume Designer

    Jacqueline Firkins (Costume Designer) makes her MTC debut inThe Glass Menagerie. Her regional design work includes the Goodman Theatre, Writer's Theater, Court Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Northlight Theatre, Chicago Children's Theatre, Timeline Theatre, House Theatre of Chicago, Hartford Stage Company, Longwharf Theatre, Dallas Theatre Center, Portland Stage Company, Portland Center Stage, Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare and Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey Shakespeare, Brave New Repertory, AboutFace Theatre Company, Dorset Theatre Festival and the Yale School of Drama. Jacqueline is a recipient of a 2001 Princess Grace Award and is a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago.

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  • Chris Houston

    Sound Designer & Composer

    Chris Houston is a pianist, composer and sound designer. He has designed sound for MTC's productions of Bellwether, Seven Guitars, Edward Albee's Tiny Alice, Fuddy Meers, Seagull, Happy Now?, In the Red and Brown Water, Equivocation, Sunlight,boom, My Name is Asher Lev, Magic Forest Farm, Lydia, The Seafarer, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Love Person, A Streetcar Named Desire, said Saïd and Lovers & Executioners. Locally, his designs and compositions have been featured at A.C.T., Aurora Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, Center REP, Magic Theatre and the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival.

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  • Lynne Soffer

    Dialect Coach

    Lynne Soffer (Dialect Coach) has provided coaching for 24 MTC productions, including Happy Now?, My Name Is Asher Lev, Lydia, My Children! My Africa! and A Streetcar Named Desire. She has worked on over 200 theater productions at A.C.T., Berkeley Rep, San Jose Rep, Magic Theatre, Cal Shakes and Marin Shakespeare Company among others. Her regional credits include the Old Globe, Dallas Theater Center, Arizona Theatre Company, the Arena Stage, Seattle Rep and Denver Center Theatre Company. Her film and television credits include Metro, Duets, The Land of Milk and Honey and America's Most Wanted. Soffer works as a professional actor and acting teacher and is the recipient of the 2011 Actors' Equity Association Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award.

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  • Seren Helday

    Properties Artisan

    Seren Helday (Properties Artisan) is resident props artisan for MTC. She has provided props for all productions since 2008. She has also provided props for A.C.T., Center REP, Cal Shakes and SF Playhouse. She spent one year as Master Carpenter at New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco, building some 30 shows for their season. Helday was also technical director of the Live Theatre Workshop in Tucson in addition to working as a designer, performer and manager.

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  • Jonathan Templeton*

    Stage Manager

    Jonathan Templeton (Stage Manager) made his MTC debut with Seven Guitars. He has worked in Chicago on Good Boys and True, Art and four seasons of First Look Reparatory of New Work at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Trust, Fedra, Argonautika, The Brothers Karamazov, Great Men of Science, The Shaggs, 1984,The Old Curiosity Shop, Black Diamond and Around the World in 80 Days at Lookingglass Theatre Company, where he is a production affiliate; Loving Repeating, Execution of Justice andWedding Play at About Face Theatre; and Orpheus Descending at American Theatre Company. He also spent two summers with Weston Playhouse in Vermont. Templeton is a graduate of Northwestern University.

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  • Paige Howie

    Hair Dresser



* Denotes member of Actors Equity Association
+ Member, United Scenic Artists
^ Member, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers

Reviews

  • “Marin Theatre Company's brilliant presentation of Tennessee Williams' “The Glass Menagerie" is a win-win for all. Audiences, whether new to the play or veteran fans of the 1944 work, should rejoice in director Jasson Minadakis' “re-imagined" production... Minadakis' respect for the author shows. As he goes deep into the text to bring out aspects of the play seldom highlighted, he triumphs... affecting and powerful."

    — The San Francisco Examiner Read full review
  • "Intense, engrossing... deftly staged, very well performed and riveting."

    — San Francisco Chronicle Read full review
  • "It says worlds that watching the brilliant new production at Marin Theatre Company, I felt as if I were seeing [THE GLASS MENAGERIE] for the first time and discovered subtleties of thought, language and character I have not noticed before. Director Jasson Minadakis and his team of designers and wonderful ensemble have created something quite thrilling... Overall, this is a remarkably good production. Very highly recommended."

    — TheaterStorm Read full review
  • "Riveting, with extraordinary imagery and startling production touches. The acting of this ensemble is so solid that it lifts the wings of the characters' plight and brings audience members to their feet in applause. How fortunate that MTC chose to showcase this American classic as part of the celebration of Williams' 100th birthday."

    — Marinscope Community Newspapers Read full review
  • "What makes this production excel is... the extraordinary performance of Nicholas Pelczar as Tom Wingfield... Pelczar is so emotionally present in each moment that what's being said almost doesn't matter: You just want to be audience to the experience he creates."

    — SF Weekly Read full review
  • "Director Jasson Minadakis definitely puts his own spin on the 1944 classic and gets some marvelous performances from his cast. Minadakis's boldest move is the inclusion of a trumpet player (Andrew Wilke)... The music, composed by Chris Houston, is gorgeous – aching and winsome."

    — Theater Dogs Read full review
  • "The cast handles the lush poetry of Williams' language well... The long conversation between Laura and Jim is performed beautifully by [Anna] Bullard and [Craig] Marker... By then you truly feel how delicate Laura's heart is, as fragile as her glass figurines, and should feel as on edge as anyone in her family with concern that with the slightest gesture it may break."

    — Marin IJ Read full review
  • "In celebration of playwright Tennessee Williams' centennial, the Marin Theatre Company has staged a fresh and provocative new production of The Glass Menagerie... A brilliant stroke in this production is the addition of an above-stage trumpeter (Andrew Wilke) who riffs melancholy phrases throughout the play... Wilke plays a mean and blue trumpet, and his constant presence underlines the intense connections within this family."

    — Mill Valley Patch Read full review
  • "It is eerily uncanny how Nicholas Pelczar captures the Tennessee William's personae... Whereas it is universally noted that the play "belongs" to the mother Amanda beginning with Laurette Taylor in the 1940s production to a who's who in the female acting world, Minadakis' direction makes this Tom's play… Pelczar gives a Tony Award winning performance... well worth the trip across the Bay to Mill Valley."

    — For all Events - Kedar Ardour Read full review
  • "Powerful and subtle performances highlight the Marin Theatre Company's absorbing depiction of the doomed destiny of the Wingfield family in 1930s St Louis... The actors relate so effortlessly and assuredly with each other that they almost seem to possess ESP, which supercharges the staging."

    — Synchronized Chaos Read full review
  • "This is a gripping production of an American classic... Because its nostalgia effectively creates a credible setting for Tom in this semi-autobiographical play, Tennessee would have loved for you to see this production."

    — Examiner.com – Albert Goodwyn Read full review
  • "A fitting tribute to Tennessee Williams's life and works timed to coincide with his centennial celebration, Marin Theatre Company's production of "The Glass Menagerie" honors the story, its setting and its inspiration while bringing new creative energy to a classic work... quite the triumph."

    — Broadwayworld.com Read full review

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