Tampa Repertory Theatre will bring Tennessee Williams’ beloved four-character “memory play” The Glass Menagerie to the Studio Theatre stage at HCC Ybor , opening January 10, 2013 and running through January 27. Performance times are 7:30 PM on Thursdays, 8:00 PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3:00 PM on Sundays. Tickets are $20; $15 tickets are available to students, seniors, and military personnel. HCC Ybor ’s Studio Theatre is located at 2204 N 15th St ., Ybor City. Patrons may purchase tickets at the door or from a link at tamparep.org.
The new production comes as a follow-up to TampaRep’s acclaimed Summer 2012 production of A Streetcar Named Desire on the same stage. For her performance of the iconic Blanche DuBois in Streetcar, Emilia Sargent was named “Best Actress” of 2012 by Creative Loafing magazine. In The Glass Menagerie, Sargent returns to assay Amanda Wingfield, another of Williams’s extraordinary characters, this one based on his own mother. Amanda drives the story, relentlessly pursuing a husband for her physically and emotionally disabled daughter while vicariously reliving her own fabled past.
Sargent is joined onstage by a trio of Tampa Bay’s finest young actors: Jon Gennari — praised by critics and audiences for his lead role in TampaRep’s season-opener, Phoenix -– returns as Amanda’s son Tom, the protagonist and teller of the tale, a character Williams based on himself. Maggie Mularz, a Tampa native and graduate of the prestigious British American Drama Academy, lends her considerable skill to the pivotal role of Tom’s troubled sister, Laura; and rising local star Daniel Rosenstrauch, hot off the heels of his appearance as Jeffrey at Hat Trick Theatre , appears as “gentleman caller” Jim.
Since its 1945 Broadway debut, The Glass Menagerie has long been one of Tennessee Williams’ most popular plays. Adapted by Williams from one of his own short stories, the play has been reimagined for other media several times, most notably as a 1973 TV movie starring Katharine Hepburn as Amanda and Sam Waterston as Tom. The play forms the middle act in TampaRep’s ambitious 2012/2013 Season, which concludes with Shakespeare’s Hamlet in the spring .