Prentiss and Son Benjamin Will Star in Glass Menagerie in Michigan

News   Prentiss and Son Benjamin Will Star in Glass Menagerie in Michigan
Theatre and film veteran Paula Prentiss will play Amanda opposite her son, Ross Benjamin, as Tom, in Tennessee Williams' classic memory play The Glass Menagerie at BoarsHead Theater in Lansing, MI, May 6-31.

The 1944 play, opening May 8, follows Tom Wingfield, "son to an overbearing mother and brother to a shy sister, who wavers between his consuming desire to escape and his obligation to his family."

John Neville-Andrews (artistic producer of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival) directs a cast that also includes Charlyn Swarthout as Laura and Daryl Thompson as Jim O'Connor, the gentleman caller.

Prentiss was last seen at BoarsHead in the 2007 production of Mrs. Warren's Profession, which co-starred her daughter Prentiss Benjamin. The staging drew one of the largest audiences in the history of the not-for-profit company that operates in the state capital.

Prentiss has appeared in the films "The World of Henry Orient, "In Harm's Way," "What's New Pussycat," "Catch 22," "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers," "The Stepford Wives" and "Saturday the 14th," opposite her husband Richard Benjamin. Theatre credits include Rosalind in Joe Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival production of As You Like It, Marianna in the UCLA Theatre Group production of Measure for Measure and Off-Broadway's Arf and The Great Airplane Snatch, among many others.

Benjamin graduated from Harvard University and studied with the British American Drama Academy. He played Peter Goldsmith in Mike Nichols' "Primary Colors" and had a recurring role on Tracy Ullman's HBO comedy "Tracy Takes On." He most recently shared the stage with his mother in the West Coast Jewish Theatre's production of A Majority of One. Original glass artwork by Lansing artist Craig Mitchell Smith will be featured on stage. Music is by Lansing resident Sergei Kvitko.

Thes production team includes scenic designer Tim Stapleton, lighting designer Michael Beyer, costume designer Holly Speers, sound designer Sergei Kvitko and property designer Patricia A. York. Stage manager of this production is Karen Doyle with Lara Bidus as assistant stage manager.

For tickets and more information call the (517) 484-7805 or visit


Founded in 1966, BoarsHead Theater is mid-Michigan’s longest continually running professional theatre. BoarsHead Theater attracts artists from Chicago, New York, Detroit and around the nation. BoarsHead Theater is under the leadership of executive director John Dale Smith and artistic director Kristine Thatcher.

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