The Glass Menagerie Starring Rita Moreno Opens at Berkeley Rep in CA

News   The Glass Menagerie Starring Rita Moreno Opens at Berkeley Rep in CA Rita Moreno opens the Berkeley Repertory Theatre's staging of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie April 11.
Rita Moreno
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Les Waters (Fêtes de la Nuit, Finn in the Underworld, Big Love) directs the work which began April 6 at the California company's Thrust Stage for a run through May 31. "At Berkeley Rep, I feel like a wanderer who has finally come home," Moreno remarked in a statement. "For the second time I have the great good fortune to team up with a director whom I respect and admire and be offered a play that I have always longed to perform… Lightning does strike twice in the same place!"

Moreno appeared last season at Berkeley Rep in Master Class. She now returns as the matriarch Amanda in the St. Louis-set drama about son grappling with the decision to leave his sheltered sister with their mother.

The cast features Emily Donahoe (Honour, Apparition) as Laura, Erik Lochtefeld (Metamorphoses, Secret in the Wings) as Tom and Terrence Riordan (A Naked Girl on the Appian Way) as The Gentleman Caller.

Moreno won a Tony Award for The Ritz, an Academy Award for "West Side Story," Emmy Awards for "The Muppet Show" and "The Rockford Files" and a Grammy for "The Electric Company" album. Among her numerous credits are the film "Casa de los Babys," the HBO series "Oz and stage turns in She Loves Me, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Odd Couple and Sunset Boulevard.

The design team for The Glass Menagerie includes Scott Bradley (scenic), Lydia Tanji (costume), Matt Frey (lighting) and Peter Golub (sound and composer). The stage manager is Cynthia Cahill.

The Berkeley Rep season continues with Culture Clash's Zorro in Hell (through April 16) and Theatre de la Jeune Lune production Molière's The Miser (May 12 June 25).

Tickets to The Glass Menagerie are available at the Berkeley Rep box office, 2025 Addison Street in Berkeley, CA by calling (510) 647-2949 or toll free at (888) 4 BRT-tix. For more information, visit the website at www.berkeleyrep.org.