The City Theatre Company
3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, 78722     512-524-2870     info@citytheatreaustin.org
The City Theatre is the city's theater, a world class performing arts venue established for Austin directors, designers
and performers who have one goal: the continued excellence in stage performances and the desire to bring that quality,
committment, and service to the central Texas theatrical community.
ABOUT THE SHOW
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The City Theatre continues its summer season with the Tennessee Williams American
classic, The Glass Menagerie, which revolutionized modern drama and is still an
undisputed masterpiece from one of the great voices of the American theatre.  

Directed by Jeff Hinkle and starring Ben McLemore, Sarah Zeringue,
Terri Bennett, and Donato De Luca.


"Yes, I have tricks in my pocket, I have things up my sleeve. But I am the opposite of a
stage magician. He gives you illusion that has the appearance of truth. I give you truth in
the pleasant disguise of illusion." – Tom Wingfield

Written by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie is one
of the greatest plays of the 20th century and a classic of the American theatre. Set in
1930s St. Louis, this iconic, emotional, and enduring drama explores the visceral bonds of
family, as the restless poet Tom Wingfield recounts his life with his overbearing mother
Amanda and the illusions she spins to save his painfully shy sister Laura from the reality of
their frail existence. Embodying the turmoil of a changing world, Menagerie strips Williams’
tortured characters of their illusions, leaving a wake of destruction in their path. Poetic and
provocative, it is a story of great tenderness and beauty, a haunting and uncompromising
master work from one of the greatest writers in modern theatre. A must-see American play!

“If I got rid of my demons, I’d lose my angels.” ― Tennessee Williams

Thomas Lanier Williams was born in Mississippi, 1911, and into a family life full of tension
that started his writing at a very early age. He decided to become a playwright after he
entered the University of Missouri and saw a production of Ibsen's Ghosts. In 1939, after
moving to New Orleans and changing his name to “Tennessee”, the young writer received
a Rockefeller Grant and, what many consider to be his best play, The Glass Menagerie
was written and launched Williams into the national spotlight. With his dominating mother
and fragile sister, Rose, many critics believed that he used his own relationships as
inspiration for the play. Elia Kazan, who directed for him, said of Tennessee: "Everything in
his life is in his plays, and everything in his plays is in his life." Williams followed up with
other major critical successes including A Streetcar Named Desire, Summer and Smoke, A
Rose Tattoo, and Camino Real. He received his first Pulitzer Prize in 1948, and reached an
even larger world-wide audience when The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named
Desire were made into major motion pictures. Yet, with the powerful impact he had,
Williams struggled with depression throughout most of his life. He was troubled and self-
destructive, an abuser of alcohol and drugs. On February 24, 1983, surrounded by half-
finished bottles of wine and pills, Tennessee Williams choked to death on a bottle cap in a
New York City hotel. It was in this desperation and honesty, that his great talent and his
work lived. In addition to twenty-five full length plays, Williams produced dozens of short
plays and screenplays, two novels, sixty short stories, over one-hundred poems and an
autobiography. Among his many awards, he won two Pulitzer Prizes, four New York Drama
Critics' Circle Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

In the cast, The City Theatre is excited to have the return of Terri Bennet who starred in
CTC’s Iden Payne nominated production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Ben McLemore
who played the title role in CTC’s Romeo and Juliet. Joining them will be newcomers to the
CTC stage Sarah Zeringue and Donato De Luca. The play is directed by resident director
Jeff Hinkle, whose productions with CTC include A Man for All Seasons, Julius Caesar,
Othello, Hair, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Romeo and Juliet and the critically acclaimed A
Streetcar Named Desire. The costume designer is Veronica Prior with set design by Andy
Berkovsky.

SHOW INFORMATION AT A GLANCE
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
July 22 – August 14. Thursday - Saturday 8:00 pm. Sunday 3:00 pm.
The City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D. 78722.
General Seating $15. Front/2nd Row Reserved $20-25. Thursday all seats $10.
Tickets at the door $20. Group and student discounts.
For reservations, call 512-524-2870 or e-mail info@citytheatreaustin.org
July 22 - August 14
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