Glass Menagerie, With Ivey, Darragh, Keeley and Mosley, Begins Off-Broadway

News   Glass Menagerie, With Ivey, Darragh, Keeley and Mosley, Begins Off-Broadway Tennessee Williams' famed memory play, The Glass Menagerie, is conjured anew at Off-Broadway's Laura Pels Theatre starting March 5, in a production by Roundabout Theatre Company. Tony Award winner Judith Ivey plays faded Southern belle Amanda Wingfield.
Keira Keeley, Judith Ivey and Patch Darragh
Keira Keeley, Judith Ivey and Patch Darragh Photo by Matthew Blank

Roundabout is producing the new interpretation of the classic in association with Long Wharf Theatre, which produced the play with Ivey and returning cast members Patch Darragh as Tom and Keira Keeley as Laura in 2009 under the direction of artistic director Gordon Edelstein.

Edelstein, giving the story a new frame, directs again, and Michael Mosley, a new series regular on TV's "Scrubs," plays Jim, the drama's Gentleman Caller.

Opening night is March 24 at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre at 111 W. 46th Street. This will be a limited engagement through May 30.

Roundabout characterizes its Glass Menagerie this way: "In this fresh interpretation of Williams' haunting memory play, Tom Wingfield (Darragh) sits writing in a hotel room, trying to forge his past into art. Soon Tom's space is overtaken by the cramped apartment he once shared with his mother Amanda (Ivey), his beloved sister Laura (Keeley) and unrequited dreams as fragile as Laura's collection of tiny glass animals. There, Tom relives the Gentleman Caller's (Mosley) visit — the night that changed his family forever."

The design team includes two-time Tony Award winner Michael Yeargan (sets), two-time Tony Award winner Martin Pakledinaz (costumes), two-time Tony Award winner and MacArthur Fellow Jennifer Tipton (lights), David Budries (sound). The Glass Menagerie, a major American play of the 20th century, and the drama that launched the career of Williams, premiered in Chicago in 1944, moving to New York the next year, where it won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. It featured Laurette Taylor as Amanda in one of the iconic performances in American theatre history. (Because Taylor didn't have a film career, she is largely unknown today; the critics embraced her in Menagerie and other works.)

Tickets are available by calling Roundabout Ticket Services at (212)719-1300, online at www.roundabouttheatre.org or at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre box office (111 West 46th Street). Ticket prices range from $70-$80. Through ACCESS Roundabout, a total of 100 $10 tickets will be offered over the first four preview performances beginning March 5.

The Glass Menagerie will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 7:30 PM with Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 PM.

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Williams' plays include A Streetcar Named Desire, Camino Real, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, Sweet Bird Of Youth, The Rose Tattoo, Summer and Smoke, Suddenly Last Summer, The Night of the Iguana and more.

Edelstein is in his seventh season as artistic director of Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT.

Darragh appeared on Broadway with Paul Newman in the Westport Country Playhouse production of Our Town. Off-Broadway, he starred in Crimes of the Heart in Kathleen Turner's directorial debut at the Roundabout.

Ivey is the recipient of the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for her work in Steaming and Hurlyburly, the Obie Award for her performance in The Moonshot Tape, and countless others for her stage and film work.

Keeley played Mairead in The Lieutenant of Inishmore at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and debuted roles Off-Broadway in Green Girl, Local Story, Departures and The Young Left.

Mosley is a new "Scrubs" series regular (he plays med student Drew Suffin). And alumnus of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, he appeared in Manhattan Theatre Club's Back Back Back and has guested on a number of TV series.

Patch Darragh, Judith Ivey, Gordon Edelstein, Keira Keeley and Michael Mosley
Patch Darragh, Judith Ivey, Gordon Edelstein, Keira Keeley and Michael Mosley