Thursday, January 26, 2017

Another Opening of Another Show!

One of Tennessee Williams' most famous works, The Glass Menagerie, opens in the Andreas Theatre tonight at 7:30 PM. Set in St. Louis in 1937, The Glass Menagerie is a four person memory play about a dysfunctional family living in poverty. Amanda Wingfield, played by MFA candidate Ashley Gunn, tries to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her two children, Tom, played by BFA Luke Steinborn and Laura, played by first year Samantha Buckley. At Amanda's request, Tom brings his friend Jim, played by Salvatore Frattallone, to dinner, as a potential suitor for his sister.

The play is directed by Melissa Rosenberger, who was thrilled to take it on. "I have always been intrigued by Tennessee Williams' work and at the same time hesitant to try as a director, but I have found that the same advice I give my actors is what I tell myself every night. Trust the language and trust the story, and when it's that good of a playwright that's all you have to do."

Samantha Buckley

Ashley Gunn

Luke Steinborn, Ashley Gunn, Samantha Buckley

Unlike most performances of The Glass Menagerie, MSU chose to present the reading edition of the play, rather than the acting edition. According to Rosenberger, the reading edition is more expressionistic and truer to what Williams' hoped would be passed down in his canon of work. Hardly anyone ever tries to make it work onstage, but Rosenberger was ready for the challenge. "I feel like everyone was intimidated by the work at the beginning. Sitting down and reading it starts to feel daunting. But I think everyone has been really patient with each other. You feel so much more dependent on each other in a small cast and it's nice to see them respond to that." 

Luke Steinborn

Samantha Buckley, Luke Steinborn, Ashley Gunn

Ashley Gunn

The show opens tonight at 7:30 PM and plays through February 5th. You can get your tickets by visiting or calling the Theatre and Dance Box Office at 507-389-6661 from 4:00-6:00 PM Monday through Friday. Or purchase your tickets online at You won't want to miss this famous piece of American Literature.

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