Judith Ivey Brings Her Amanda to L.A. Sept. 1; Taper's Menagerie Also Stars Ben McKenzie

News   Judith Ivey Brings Her Amanda to L.A. Sept. 1; Taper's Menagerie Also Stars Ben McKenzie
 
Center Theatre Group's production of the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie, featuring three holdovers from Connecticut and New York engagements, begins performances Sept. 1 at the Mark Taper Forum. Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, praised for her warm and loving turn, re-creates the role of Amanda Wingfield in the famous memory play.

Ben McKenzie
Ben McKenzie

Directed by Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre — where the acclaimed production opened in May 2009 — the West Coast run officially opens Sept. 12. Performances continue through Oct. 17.

Ivey, Patch Darragh (Tom) and Keira Keeley (Laura) return to the roles they played at the Long Wharf Theatre and in the subsequent Roundabout Theatre Company presentation Off-Broadway; Ben McKenzie, who is best known for his roles on "Southland" and "The O.C." and in the films "Johnny Got His Gun" and "Junebug," joins the company as The Gentleman Caller for this CTG run.

"The narrator is Tom, the son, who works in a shoe factory and is torn between his role as the family breadwinner and his desire to lead a life of his own," according to CTG notes. "The story unfolds of his mother, Amanda, a former Southern belle and relentless romantic trying to maintain her dignity and her control in the gloom of their St. Louis tenement; of Laura, his frail sister who has retreated to an imaginary world caring for her collection of glass animals; and the visit of Jim, the Gentleman Caller, who changes the family forever."

The production features set design by Michael Yeargan, costume design by Martin Pakledinaz, lighting by Jennifer Tipton and sound design by David Budries. The production stage manager is Robyn Henry.

Tickets are available by calling CTG Audience Services at (213) 628-2772 or online at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org or in person at the CTG box office located at the Ahmanson Theatre at the Music Center.

Judith Ivey and Keira Keeley in <i>The Glass Menagerie</i> at Long Wharf
Judith Ivey and Keira Keeley in The Glass Menagerie at Long Wharf Photo by Joan Marcus
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