Wednesday, November 12, 2014

JTW’S FREE READING PROGRAM RETURNS WITH AMERICAN CLASSIC THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams
curated by Todd Shaffer

WHEN: Saturday, November 15, at 8:00 PM
WHERE:
The Board Room, Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Avenue
ADMISSION: FREE and refreshments will be served!
There is no need for a reservation. For more information, please visit www.jewishtheatreworkshop.org

Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted out of herself into a new world. But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.

Join us for a casual evening of theatre as we read in a seated but lively style.