"...I am the opposite of a stage magician. He gives you an illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in the pleasant disguise of illusion."

-Tom Wingfield in "The Glass Menagerie", by Tennessee Williams

Poster created by Elisabeth Baird

Performances: February 24th @ 7:30 PM / February 25th @ 7:30 PM / February 26th @ 2:00 PM

*all dates are for February 2023


The play is introduced to the audience by Tom Wingfield, the narrator and protagonist, as a memory play based on his recollection of his mother Amanda and his sister Laura. Because the play is based on his memory, Tom cautions the audience that what they see may not be precisely what happened.


Tom Wingfield - Son of Amanda Wingfield and brother of Laura Wingfield

Amanda Wingfield - Mother of Tom and Laura Wingfield

Laura Wingfield - Daughter of Amanda Wingfield and sister of Tom Wingfield

Gentleman Caller - Co-worker and friend of Tom Wingfield


Liam McGilligan as Tom Wingfield

Elizabeth Hipwell as Amanda Wingfield

Amalea Vidas as Laura Wingfield

Garrett Hildebrandt as the Gentleman Caller


Willie E. Jones III, Director

Meagan Conlon, Costume Designer

Peter Daniels, Set and Lighting Designer/Associate Producer

Ian Baird, Dramaturg/Associate Producer

Jeff Cook, Voice and Text Coach

Our Performance Venue

The beautiful Landmark Center Theater!

About the Playwright: Tennessee Williams

Tennessee Williams, original name Thomas Lanier Williams, (born March 26, 1911, Columbus, Mississippi, U.S.—died February 25, 1983, New York City), was a 2-time Pulitzer Prize winning American dramatist whose plays reveal a world of human frustration in which sex and violence underlie an atmosphere of romantic gentility.

Williams became interested in playwriting while at the University of Missouri (Columbia) and Washington University (St. Louis). Little theatre groups produced some of his work, encouraging him to study dramatic writing at the University of Iowa, where he earned a B.A. in 1938.

On March 31, 1945, his play, The Glass Menagerie, opened on Broadway and two years later A Streetcar Named Desire earned Williams his first Pulitzer Prize. He would another Pulitzer Prize in 1955 for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which is Williams said was his favorite he wrote. 

About the Play: The Glass Menagerie

The play was reworked from one of Williams' short stories "Portrait of a Girl in Glass" (1943; published 1948). Williams had been briefly contracted as a writer to MGM, and he apparently envisioned Ethel Barrymore and Judy Garland for the roles that eventually became Amanda and Laura. 

In 1944, after several reworkings, while touring on the road, the play arrived at the Civic Theatre in Chicago. The producers wanted more changes and were heavily pressuring Williams for a happy ending. The play had not found an audience and production was being considered for closing after the opening night in Chicago. Then the reviews by critics Ashton Stevens in The Chicago Herald-American and Claudia Cassidy in the Chicago Tribune came out. They praised the production, especially the writing and the performance by Laurette Taylor, with Cassidy writing about it several times. 

These reviews drove Chicago audiences to the Civic Theater and the play became a hit, propelling it to Broadway the next year (1945), where it would go on to win the New York Drama Critic's Circle for Best American Play.

If You're Interested...

Check out this free movie version of "The Glass Menagerie", directed by Paul Newman. It stars John Malkovich as Tom, Joanne Woodward as Amanda, and Karen Allen as Laura.