|SLU-TENNESSEE WILLIAMS FESTIVAL PRESENTS “THE GLASS MENAGERIE”
HAMMOND -- As part of the annual
Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, Southeastern Louisiana
University is co-sponsoring a production of Williams' acclaimed play, “The
Glass Menagerie.” Before moving to its festival venue in New Orleans, the
play will be performed at 7 p.m. March 18 at Southeastern’s Vonnie Borden
Tickets -- $10 general admission
and $5 senior citizens, Southeastern faculty and staff and non-Southeastern
students -- may be purchased though the theater box office in D Vickers
Hall, 985-549-2115, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of the performance.
Admission is free for Southeastern students, with university I.D.
“The Glass Menagerie” is a collaborative
partnership between Southeastern’s department of English, the College of
Arts and Sciences, and the festival. Directed by Perry Martin, it is presented
by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
The first play to establish Tennessee
Williams as a major new playwright and Broadway success, “The Glass Menagerie”
is a compelling story of a St. Louis family struggling to cope with the
harsh realities of the Great Depression and the bitter memories that haunt
Revealed in flashback, the play
follows the lives of shoe factory worker Tom, who is torn between his role
as the family breadwinner and the desire to lead a life of his own; his
abrasive mother Amanda, once a grand Southern socialite, now trying to
maintain her dignity amidst the gloom of the tenement; and Tom’s frail
sister Laura, who has retreated to an imaginary world caring for her collection
of glass animals.
As tensions mount and tempers
flare, the prospect of a husband for Laura becomes their final chance for
stability and escape. But this gentleman caller’s arrival could also deal
a powerful blow that shatters their tenuous dreams. The poignant drama
illustrates the family's gradual disintegration, under pressure both from
outside and within.
Southeastern is a long-time sponsor
of the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, an annual five-day
celebration scheduled this year for March 24-28. The festival showcases
national and regional scholars, writers, and performing artists with programs
that include panel discussions, theatrical performances, a one-act play
competition, lectures, literary walking tours, musical performances, and
a book fair.
The festival opens with a series
of master classes by leading authors, agents, and editors, sponsored by
Southeastern and the Historic New Orleans Collection. University faculty
and students participate in many of the festival programs.
Among the writers showcased this
year is Southeastern writer-in-residence Timothy Gautreaux, who will be
a panelist for the session “Truth is Stranger Than...” at 10 a.m. March
28, at Le Petit Theatre. Gautreaux’s work has appeared in “Harper's,” “The
Atlantic Monthly,” “GQ,” and “Zoetrope,” as well as the O. Henry and Best
American short-story annuals. His first novel, “The Next Step in the Dance,”
won the 1999 Southeastern Booksellers Award, and he has also published
two collections of short fiction.
In the session on Sunday, Gautreaux
and fellow novelists Louis Edwards and Robert Morgan will talk with historian
Mark Fernandez about the strategy of setting their works in the past: why
they do it, how important accuracy is to their purposes, and the uses and
misuses of history in fiction.
For additional information about
the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival, visit the festival’s