The Roundabout Theatre Company will hold a reading of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie on May 6. The event replaces a previously scheduled reading of Clifford Odets' Awake and Sing. Though casting couldn't be confirmed, word has Patty Duke and Robert Sean Leonard taking the roles of Amanda and Tom Wingfield, with Arthur Allan Seidelman directing. Leonard won a Tony last year for The Invention of Love. His Roundabout credits include Philadelphia, Here I Come! and Candida. Duke is remembered for her youthful triumphs in the film "The Miracle Worker" and the television series, "The Patty Duke Show"
The Glass Menagerie was Williams' first success as a playwright and remains one of his most popular works. The partly autobiographical story tell of the dreamer Tom, who works a dead-end job in a factory and feels trapped by his St. Louis home life. His mother Amanda, an aging Southern belle, continues to cling to social pretensions, though her husband deserted her years ago and the family is destitute, and his crippled, sheltered sister Laura seems doomed to a life of loneliness.
—By Robert Simonson