Tennessee Williams’ ‘The Glass Menagerie’ Begins Dec. 5

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 21, 2003 — Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance proudly announces their upcoming production of the classic drama, “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams.

“The Glass Menagerie” is a beloved play that is one of the most well-known dramas in American literature. The show will be performed at 8 p.m. Dec 5-6 and Dec. 11-13, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 14 in Rose Theatre. Morning matinees also are scheduled for Dec. 9-10.

This compelling and beautiful story is set in 1940s St. Louis and depicts a broken family that struggles to overcome their harsh surroundings and desperate isolation. Amanda, played by Dr. Roseanna Whitlow, instructor of communication studies, is an antique Southern Belle who relies on her cool demeanor, charm, and cherished memories to delude herself into numb acceptance of her current situation.

Her daughter, Laura (played by Casee Hagan of Belleville, Ill.), escapes inward, focusing on a fragile collection of glass animals. While her mother insists that she find a suitor to sweep her away, Laura considers herself unworthy of affection, apathetic and lame from childhood polio.

Tom, the narrator (played by Nick Cutelli of Des Peres, Mo.), is an angry son, responsible for providing for the family, working the night shift at a local factory while fantasizing of a writing career. Torn with his own dreams of abandonment, he is simultaneously protective of his sister and mother, and boiling with resentment for his absent father.

Jim, played by Stephen Fister of Fenton, Mo., is a friend of Tom’s who provides an outsider’s focused insight to the family’s situation, particularly that of the lovely and fragile Laura.

Reserve tickets early for this classic by calling the Performing Arts Box Office at (573) 651-2265. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $9 for Southeast faculty and staff and senior citizens, and $8 for students.