By Tennessee Williams
In 1937, Tom and his afflicted sister share a small apartment with their mother, Amanda. Tom leads a furtive life of frustration, trying and failing to escape his oppressively nostalgic mother - an aging belle fallen from grace, abandoned by her children's father. The neurotically retiring Laura avoids her mother's aggressive surrogation by immersing herself into an imaginary world of delicate glass figurines. The Freudian detente fractures under the strain of an arranged date with the now-ignominious "gentleman caller" invited home for dinner to appease Amanda's ceaseless attempts to marry Laura off.
"The cities swept about me like dead leaves, leaves that were brightly colored but torn away from the branches. I would have stopped, but I was pursued by something. It always came upon me unawares, taking me altogether by surprise. Perhaps it was a familiar bit of music. Perhaps it was only a piece of transparent glass."
THE GLASS MENAGERIE is presented by arrangement with Dramatists Play
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