The Glass Menagerie
Written by Tennessee Williams and Directed by Kelley Whitmire
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.
When & Where
The New Depot Players
The New Depot Players are Conyers’ Premiere Theatre Troupe, and the resident theatre company at Center Street Arts, home of the Conyers Rockdale Council for the Arts. We produce a season of quality plays and musicals for youth and adults and are also dedicated to providing opportunities for the Conyers / Rockdale community to become involved in the artistic process—whether onstage, behind the scenes, in workshops or in the audience. Since 1976, The New Depot Players volunteers and patrons have been the backbone of the theatre’s success. Because of our commitment to quality and the vital community involvement, the theatre troupe has forged a remarkable legacy that continues to make a lasting impact on the community. Come and Play Your Part.