PHOTO CALL: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Shelley Long, Yeardley Smith, Anne Heche and More Attend Glass Menagerie Opening at the Taper

News   PHOTO CALL: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Shelley Long, Yeardley Smith, Anne Heche and More Attend Glass Menagerie Opening at the Taper Center Theatre Group's production of the Tennessee Williams classic The Glass Menagerie, featuring three holdovers from the play's Connecticut and New York engagements, officially opened Sept. 12 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.

Directed by Gordon Edelstein, artistic director of the Long Wharf Theatre — where the acclaimed production opened in May 2009 — the West Coast run began previews Sept. 1. 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.

Here is a look at the opening night:


 

"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."

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.

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