By Robert Simonson
07 Jun 2005
Collins received some stage time in the drama earlier this year, when he played Tom Wingfield during the period in between the dismissal of the original Tom, Dallas Roberts, and the first performance of Roberts' replacement, Christian Slater.
Slater is still with the show, as is Jessica Lange as the genteel, yet overwhelming Southern Belle mother Amanda Wingfield and Sarah Paulson as the crippled and cripplingly shy Laura Wingfield.
Negotiations are underway with an actor who will follow Lucas and Collins in the Gentleman Calle role.
The Glass Menagerie premiered on Broadway at the Playhouse Theatre in 1945. Directed by Eddie Dowling and Margo Jones, the original production featured Laurette Taylor as Amanda, Eddie Dowling as Tom, Julie Haydon as Laura and Anthony Ross as Jim. The play was Williams' first to be successfully produced and made the playwright's reputation. The show also provided a late-career showcase for stage great Laurette Taylor, who died eight months after the work premiered on Broadway.