The Glass Menagerie Begins Cleveland Run Sept. 12

News   The Glass Menagerie Begins Cleveland Run Sept. 12 Tennessee Williams' poignant memory play The Glass Menagerie kicks off the 2008-2009 season at the Cleveland Play House Sept. 12.

Play House artistic director Michael Bloom directs Linda Purl ("Happy Days," Getting and Spending) in the central role of overbearing family matriarch Amanda Wingfield. The production officially opens Sept. 17 and plays through Oct. 5.

Joining Purl for the Cleveland run are Daniel Damon Joyce (Come Back, Little Sheba) as Tom, Alison Lani as Laura and Sorin Brouwers as the Gentleman Caller.

"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 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.