The Glass Menagerie

1983-1984 National Theatre of Northern Greece
The Glass Menagerie - Tennessee Williams
Opening: Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies - Central Stage, 04/02/1984

The plays of Tennessee Williams are based on the postwar American theatre. Here we see clearly the deep disappointment, sorrow, reverie, and the loneliness of the American soul. The decayed American reality and escaping on dreaming we see it also in the 'The Glass Menagerie', the first important play of the writer, and maybe the most poetic of all. Three men closed in the prison of their heart, struggle continuously for their escape, which saves them from reality. An invalid woman, Laura, languishes in the stifling atmosphere of his house, while her mother Amanda, in her ingenuousness, makes vain efforts to marry her, and his brother Tom, suffers within this misery, which is diffused in the environment of his home. The writer says that the play is a recollection. Everyone lives in one's own world, and tries to escape in one's own way. Amanda resort to the past, Laura to dreaming and Tom to illusions and finally to the material escape. Each of them resort to imagination to create a world as they would like to be, and an image of themselves as they dream of. This world is proved rotten, the image fake and the conflict with the reality is inevitable.

Playwright: Tennessee Williams
Translation: Nikos Spanias
Translation revisal: Marios Ploritis
Costumes: Giorgos Ziakas
Composition: Giannis Spanos
Assistant Director: Kostas Konstantinidis
30 performances - 12.309 spectators
Theatre of the Society for Macedonian Studies - Central Stage (04/02/1984 - 18/03/1984)