Play House artistic director Michael Bloom directs Glass Menagerie, which is the first production of the company's 2008-2009 season. Opening is Sept. 17, and performances will continue through Oct. 5.
The Cleveland cast also features Daniel Damon Joyce (Come Back, Little Sheba) as Tom, Alison Lani as Laura and Sorin Brouwers as the Gentleman Caller.
Purl is known for her roles in "Happy Days," "Matlock" and Broadway's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Getting and Spending.
"In this tale of endurance and forgiveness," press notes read, "a young man is torn between obligation to his family and the need to lead a life of his own. Williams' menagerie of characters, caught in their claustrophobic tenement, includes Amanda, the domineering matriarch; Tom, the reluctant breadwinner; Laura, a fragile girl tending a collection of glass figurines; and Jim, the gentleman caller whose brief visit forever changes their lives."
Designing The Glass Menagerie are Robert Mark Morgan (scenic design), Susan Tsu (costume design), Michael Lincoln (lighting design) and James C. Swonger (sound design). Tickets are currently available by phoning (216) 795-7000 or by visiting ClevelandPlayhouse.
Founded in 1915, the Cleveland Play House has presented the world premieres of Randal Myler's It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues, Michele Lowe's The Smell of the Kill, Eric Coble's Bright Ideas and Seth Greenland's Jerusalem.