Tickets Now On Sale for A.R.T.’s Acclaimed Production of ‘The Glass Menagerie’; Limited Engagement at The Booth Theatre
Producers Jeffrey Richards and John N. Hart Jr., in association with the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), are pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 17-week limited engagement of the critically-acclaimed revival of The Glass Menagerie at the Booth Theatre (222 W 45th Street) with performances beginning Thursday, September 5, 2013, and an opening night set for Thursday, September 26th. The production will star multiple Tony and Emmy Award-winner Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield, film and stage star Zachary Quinto as Tom, two-time Tony-nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura, and Brian J. Smith as Jim, the Gentleman Caller.
The Glass Menagerie is headed by the award-winning team of Once, directed by Tony Award-winner John Tiffany with set and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Clive Goodwin. Original music is composed by Nico Muhly, and movement by longtime Tiffany collaborator Steven Hoggett.
Tickets can be purchased at Telecharge.com, by calling (212) 239-6200 or at the box office of the Booth Theatre.
The production ran in Cambridge from Saturday, February 2, 2013, through Sunday, March 17, 2013 at A.R.T. Here’s what critics had to say:
“This Glass Menagerie is such a thorough rejuvenation of Tennessee Williams’ 1944 drama that I hesitate to call it a revival… With a top-notch cast of four… Ms. Jones, perhaps the greatest stage actress of her generation is both even more than you hoped for and not at all what you might have expected, and Mr. Quinto is the finest Tom I’ve ever seen.”
-Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“A production that transcends time and place.” –Boston Globe
“Epic and intimate, presented gracefully, even wondrously.” –Variety
“Extraordinary…a fully-realized, heart-rending production” -WBUR
From director John Tiffany and the Tony Award-winning team behind Once comes a spell-binding new production of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece The Glass Menagerie. Amanda Wingfield (Cherry Jones) is a southern belle past her prime, living with two grown children in a small apartment in St. Louis. Amanda dreams of a better life for her shy and crippled daughter Laura (Celia Keenan-Bolger), and so she pushes her son Tom (Zachary Quinto) to find a “gentleman caller” for the girl. However, the arrival of the gentleman caller (Brian J. Smith) sends shockwaves through the family, and causes cracks to form in the delicate fantasies that have kept them going. A beautiful play full of poetry and longing, The Glass Menagerie makes its triumphant return to Broadway in an exquisite and groundbreaking new production.
Cherry Jones (Amanda). Broadway and Off- Broadway: Doubt (Tony, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle and Obie Awards), Lincoln Center Theater’s production of The Heiress (Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards); Pride’s Crossing (Drama Desk Award); The Baltimore Waltz (Obie Award); Faith Healer; Flesh and Blood; Imaginary Friends; A Moon for the Misbegotten (Tony Award nomination); Angels in America; Our Country’s Good (Tony Award nomination); and Roundabout Theater Company’s productions of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Major Barbara, and The Night of the Iguana. The Glass Menagerie marked a return to A.R.T. where Ms. Jones is a founding member and earlier in her career appeared in more than 25 productions as a company member, including Twelfth Night, The Three Sisters, and The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Television: President Allison Taylor in “24” (Emmy Award), “What Makes a Family,” and most recently the series “Awake.” Film: Ocean’s Twelve, Cradle Will Rock, The Horse Whisperer, The Perfect Storm, Erin Brockovich, Signs, The Village, Mother and Child, Swimmers, and Terrence Malick’s upcoming Knight of Cups.
Zachary Quinto (Tom). Broadway: Debut. Theater: Angels In America, Signature Theatre Company (Theatre World Award, Drama Desk nomination); Side Man, Gross Indecency, City Theatre Company; Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow, Old Globe; Endgame, Odyssey Theatre Company, Los Angeles, The Bear, Tintreach Company, Galway, Ireland. Television: “American Horror Story,” “American Horror Story: Asylum,” “Heroes,” “24,” “Six Feet Under.” Film: Spock in “Star Trek” and the upcoming “Star Trek Into Darkness” both directed by J.J. Abrams, produced and starred in “Margin Call.” B.F.A.: Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
Celia Keenan-Bolger (Laura). Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk nomination, Drama League nomination), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Tony Award nomination, Drama Desk Award for Best Ensemble, Theatre World Award), Les Misérables (Drama Desk nomination). Off-Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher, New York Theatre Workshop; Merrily We Roll Along, Juno, City Center Encores!; A Small Fire, Saved, Playwrights Horizons; Bachelorette, Little Fish, Second Stage. Regional: Sweeney Todd, Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration; Our Town, Intiman Theatre; The Light in the Piazza, Goodman Theatre. Television/Film: “Law & Order,” “Heartland,” “The Education Of Max Bickford,” Mariachi Gringo. Celia is a graduate of the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Department.
Brian J. Smith (Jim). Broadway: The Columnist; Come Back, Little Sheba, Manhattan Theatre Club. Off-Broadway: Good Boys and True, Second Stage; Three Changes, Playwrights Horizons. Television/Film: “Stargate Universe” (Lt. Scott), “Red Faction: Origins,” “Defiance,” SyFy Network; “Agatha Christie’s Poirot: Murder on the Orient Express”; “Blue Bloods”; “Gossip Girl”; “The Good Wife”; “Person of Interest”; “Law and Order”; “Warehouse 13”; “Coma”; Hate Crime (Trey); The War Boys; Red Hook. B.F.A. Juilliard.
Tennessee Williams (Writer) was born in 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi, where his grandfather was the Episcopal clergyman. When his father, a traveling salesman moved with his family to St. Louis some years later, both he and his sister found it impossible to settle down to city life. He entered college during The Depression and left after a couple of years to take a clerical job in a shoe company. He stayed there for two years, spending the evenings writing. He entered University of Iowa in 1938 and completed his course, at the same time holding a large number of part-time jobs of great diversity. He received a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1940 for his play Battle of Angels, and he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1948 and 1955. His many plays include Summer and Smoke, The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Baby Doll, The Glass Menagerie, Orpheus Descending, Something Unspoken, Suddenly Last Summer, Period of Adjustment, The Night of the Iguana, The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore, and Small Craft Warnings. Tennessee Williams died in 1983.
John Tiffany (Director). Broadway: Macbeth, Once (Tony Award). A.R.T.: The Glass Menagerie. National Theatre of Scotland: Let The Right One In, Macbeth, Enquirer, Peter Pan, The House of Bernarda Alba, Transform Caithness: Hunter, Be Near Me, Nobody Will Ever Forgive Us, The Bacchae, Black Watch (Olivier Award, Critics’ Circle Award, South Bank Show Award), Elizabeth Gordon Quinn, Home: Glasgow. Other work includes: Jerusalem, West Yorkshire Playhouse; Las Chicas del Tres y Media Floppies, Granero Theatre, Mexico City; If Destroyed True, Mercury Fur, The Straits, Helmet, Paines Plough; Gagarin Way, Abandonment, Among Unbroken Hearts, Perfect Days, Passing Places, Traverse, Edinburgh. John Tiffany studied Classics and Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. He was Literary Director at the Traverse Theatre, Associate Director at Paines Plough and founding Associate Director for the National Theatre of Scotland. In 2010/11 John was a Radcliffe Institute fellow at Harvard University. He is an Associate Director at the Royal Court.
Steven Hoggett (Movement) is founder and co-artistic director of Frantic Assembly Theatre Company. Recent theatre credits include choreography for Once on Broadway and in the West End (Obie Award, Lortel Award, Calloway Award), Green Day’s American Idiot on Broadway, Peter and the Starcatcher (Lortel Award) on Broadway and for New York Theatre Workshop, The Glass Menagerie (American Repertory Theatre), The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time (West End & National Theatre), Rocky The Musical for Stage Entertainment in Hamburg, Dr Dee (Manchester International Festival / ENO), Dido Queen Of Carthage, The Hothouse and Market Boy (National Theatre), Dalston Songs (Royal Opera House – Linbury), Frankenstein (Royal and Derngate) Improper (Bare Bones Dance Company), Villette (Stephen Joseph Theatre), Mercury Fur and The Straits (Paines Plough). For Frantic Assembly, credits include Little Dogs (with National Theatre Wales), Lovesong, Beautiful Burnout, Othello, Stockholm, Pool (No Water), Dirty Wonderland and HYMNS. Steven has also provided choreography for Prada, Radio One, Selfridges and the “Harmonious Dance” TV Commercial for Orange as well as music promos for artists including Goldfrapp, Calvin Harris, Wiley, Bat for Lashes and Franz Ferdinand. With Scott Graham, Steven co-wrote The Frantic Assembly Book of Devising Theatre (Routledge).
Bob Crowley (Scenic/Costume Design). Broadway: Once (Tony Award), The History Boys (Tony Award), Mary Poppins (Tony Award), Aida (Tony Award), Tarzan (which he also directed), The Year of Magical Thinking, The Coast of Utopia (Tony Award), Carousel (Tony Award). A.R.T.: Once. Numerous credits for National Theatre, including: People; Juno & the Paycock, Fram (which he also co-directed with Tony Harrison), The History Boys, His Girl Friday, Mourning Becomes Electra. More than twenty-five productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, including: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Plantagenets (Olivier Award). Other theater includes: Into the Woods, Orpheus Descending, Donmar Warehouse; The Seagull, Public Theatre. Opera/dance: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Royal Opera House, National Ballet of Canada; Don Carlos, The Met. Film: Othello; Tales of Hollywood; Suddenly Last Summer, BBC; The Crucible (costume design). He is the recipient of the Royal Designer for Industry Award and Robert L. B. Tobin Award for Lifetime Achievement in Theatrical Design at the TDF/Irene Sharaff Awards in New York.
Natasha Katz (Lighting Design). Recent Broadway: Once (Tony Award), Sister Act, Follies, The Addams Family, The Little Mermaid, The Coast of Utopia: Salvage (Tony Award), A Chorus Line (revival), Spelling Bee, Tarzan, Aida (Tony Award), Beauty and the Beast. A.R.T: Once, Hedda Gabler, King Lear, Mastergate, The Servant of Two Masters. Other designs: Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland, Royal Opera House, National Ballet of Canada; Cinderella, The Dutch National Ballet; Buried Child, National Theatre, London; Cyrano, The Met; Carnival of the Animals, NYCB; Don Quixote, ABT; EFX, Las Vegas; concert acts for Shirley MacLaine, Ann-Margret, and Tommy Tune. Extensive work Off-Broadway and for American regional theaters.
Clive Goodwin (Sound Design). Broadway: Once (Tony Award, Drama Desk Award nomination). A.R.T.: Pippin, The Lily’s Revenge, As You Like It, Once, Prometheus Bound, The Blue Flower (IRNE and Elliot Norton Award), Cabaret, Alice vs. Wonderland, Paradise Lost. New York: Soul Doctor, Once (Lucille Lortel Award nomination), New York Theatre Workshop. London: BBC: “Dancing With The Stars,” “Later with Jools Holland,” “The Sound of Musicals,” “Friday Night with Jonathan Ross.” ITV: “Parkinson.” Music: Radiohead, Jamiroquai, Paolo Nutini, Orbital, Sparks, The Waterboys, Glastonbury Festival, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal College of Music. Woodhouse Players: The Dresser, Wyrd Sisters, Dracula—The Vampire Strikes Back. He has worked on numerous shows including work at: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Hollywood Bowl, Madison Square Garden, Royal Festival Hall, Avignon Festival.
Nico Muhly (Music) has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists, and organizations including the American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, countertenor Iestyn Davies, violinist Hilary Hahn, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Paris Opéra Ballet, soprano Jessica Rivera, and designer/ illustrator Maira Kalman. Among Muhly’s most frequent collaborators are his colleagues at Bedroom Community, an artist-run label headed by Icelandic musician Valgeir Sigurðsson. Bedroom Community was inaugurated in 2007 with the release of Muhly’s first album, Speaks Volumes. In spring 2012, Bedroom Community released Muhly’s three-part Drones & Music, in collaboration with pianist Bruce Brubaker, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and violist Nadia Sirota. Muhly graduated from Columbia University with a degree in English Literature. He has a Masters in Music from the Juilliard School, where he studied under Christopher Rouse and John Corigliano. nicomuhly.com. Nico Muhly’s music (c) St Rose Music (ASCAP).
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is dedicated to expanding the boundaries of theater. Winner of the 2013 and 2012 Tony Awards for Best Musical Revival for its productions of Pippin and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess respectively, the A.R.T. is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. In 2008, Diane Paulus became the A.R.T.’s Artistic Director. The A.R.T. is the recipient of numerous other awards including the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater, the Pulitzer Prize, and many Elliot Norton and I.R.N.E. Awards. Its recent premiere production of Death and The Powers: The Robots’ Opera was a 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist.
During its 33-year history, the A.R.T. has welcomed many major American and international theater artists, presenting a diverse repertoire that includes premieres of American plays, bold reinterpretations of classical texts and provocative new music theater productions. The A.R.T. has performed throughout the U.S. and worldwide in 21 cities in 16 countries on four continents. The A.R.T. is also a training ground for young artists. The Theater’s artistic staff teaches undergraduate classes in acting, directing, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, voice, and design at Harvard University. In 1987, the A.R.T. founded the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. A two-year, five-semester M.F.A. graduate program that operates in conjunction with the Moscow Art Theater School, the Institute provides world-class professional training in acting, dramaturgy and voice.
Since becoming Artistic Director, Diane Paulus has enhanced the A.R.T.’s core mission to expand the boundaries of theater by continuing to transform the ways in which work is developed, programmed, produced and contextualized, always including the audience as a partner. Productions such as Sleep No More, The Donkey Show, Gatz, The Blue Flower, Prometheus Bound, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Wild Swans and Pippin – which earned her the 2013 Tony Award for Best Director – have engaged audiences in unique theatrical experiences. The A.R.T.’s club theater, OBERON, which Paulus calls a second stage for the 21st century, has become an incubator for local and emerging artists, and has also attracted national attention for its innovative programming model.