Jul 5-30
CAN FAMILY TIES BIND TOO TIGHTLY?

“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, from The Glass Menagerie

Acclaimed Chicago director Lisa Portes helms our premiere staging of Tennessee Williams with a fresh investigation of the American Dream through the eyes of those whose connection is most fragile. Tom and his sister Laura live with their devoted mother, Amanda, a former Southern debutante. When Amanda arranges for a "Gentleman Caller" to come for dinner, her all-too-clear intentions force Laura and Tom to confront—in their own ways—the shattering weight of her overbearing expectations.

The Glass Menagerie is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.


  • CALENDAR
  • WHO'S WHO
  • PHOTOS
  • PRESS
  • Coverage
  • PROGRAM
  • INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

CREATIVE TEAM
Director—LISA PORTES
Scenic Designer—ANNIE SMART
Costume Designer—RAQUEL BARRETO
Lighting Designer—XAVIER PIERCE
Sound Design—BRENDAN AANES
Acting Coach—MARGO HALL*
Text/Vocal/Dialect Coach—LYNNE SOFFER*
Resident Dramaturg—PHILIPPA KELLY
Stage Manager—CHERYLE HONERLAH*
Assistant Stage Manager—LAXMI KUMARAN*

CAST
Amanda—KAREN ALDRIDGE*
Laura—PHOEBE FICO
Jim—RAFAEL JORDAN*
Tom—SEAN SAN JOSÉ*

*member, Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

PHOTOS


PRODUCTION

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Karen Aldridge is Amanda in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.


Sean San José is Tom and Karen Aldridge is Amanda in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.


Phoebe Fico is Laura and Sean San José is Tom in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Karen Aldridge is Amanda in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.


Sean San José is Tom and Karen Aldridge is Amanda in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.


Karen Aldridge is Amanda and Sean San José is Tom in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.

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Phoebe Fico is Laura and Karen Aldridge is Amanda in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.


Rafael Jordan is Jim and Sean San José is Tom in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.


Karen Aldridge is Amanda and Rafael Jordan is Jim in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.

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(L to R) Karen Aldridge (Amanda), Rafael Jordan (Jim), and Phoebe Fico (Laura) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.


Rafael Jordan (Jim) and Phoebe Fico (Laura) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.


Rafael Jordan (Jim) and Phoebe Fico (Laura) in California Shakespeare Theater's production of Tennessee Williams' THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Lisa Portes; photo by Kevin Berne.

Coverage
“Utterly captivating! A forceful Glass Menagerie”
Theaterdogs.net

“Brave. . . ambitious. . . radical! Expands the debate about identity and disability and the boundaries that hold us apart.”
San Jose Mercury News


“Striking. . . clear-eyed. . . immediate”
San Francisco Chronicle

“Sharp, timely, sensitive, and entirely contemporary. . . damn good theater!”
Edge Media Network



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INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We generally recommend The Glass Menagerie for adults and children ages 13 and up.

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We are happy to speak with you further about the content and/or artistic expression of any of our productions to aid you in determining whether it is suitable for your children.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.

INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

We believe in opening young minds to the power and magic of live theater. However, we understand that not every production may be appropriate for every child or family, as we frequently address mature issues, ideas, and themes. We encourage you to consider whether any particular Main Stage production is appropriate for your child, and to be in dialogue with us and your children about the content and/or artistic expression therein.

Children under four are not permitted in the Amphitheater as a courtesy to our patrons and artists.