“The Glass Menagerie” Auditions are set.

Hole in the Wall Theater is proud to announce auditions for our upcoming production of “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Steven Siemiatkoski. The production dates run January 19th through February 10th with Friday and Saturday performances at 8:00 PM and one Sunday performance at 2:00 PM on January 28th.


Auditions will be held Sunday, November 19th and Monday, November 20th at 7:00 PM with callbacks by invitation on Tuesday, November 21st. Rehearsals will begin the last week of November and will consist of a combination of Sunday-Thursday evenings.


Auditions will be held in the theater at 116 Main St, New Britain. All those interested in auditioning should bring a headshot or recent photo and current resume. Actors should prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic monologue. Also, sides from the script will be read.


Show Description: “The Glass Menagerie” is a memory play which takes place in  1937 in a lower-middle-class St. Louis apartment. The Wingfield family consists of Tom, the son, breadwinner, and poet who wants to escape to a life of adventure. His terribly shy sister, Laura, who withdraws into her own world of glass animals, and their mother, Amanda, who often retreats into her own past, dwelling on her youthful days as a charming Southern Belle. The fourth character in the play is Jim, a Gentleman Caller, invited to dinner by Tom at Amanda’s insistence that they need to make plans and provisions for Laura’s future.


Character Descriptions: Amanda Wingfield (the mother): A woman of great but confused vitality, clinging frantically to another time and place. She is not paranoid, but her life is one of paranoia. There is much to admire in Amanda, and as much to love and pity as there is to laugh at. Certainly, she has endurance and a kind of heroism, and though her foolishness makes her unwittingly cruel at times, there is tenderness in her. (40’s-50’s)


Laura Wingfield (her daughter): Whereas Amanda has failed to establish contact with reality, she at least lives vitally in her illusions. Laura’s situation is far worse. A childhood illness has left her crippled (which need only be played with a slight limp). Stemming from this, Laura’s separation increases till she is like a piece of glass from her own collection, too exquisitely fragile to move from the shelf. (20’s)


Tom Wingfield (her son, and narrator of the play): An aspiring writer with a job in a warehouse. His nature is not remorseless; but in order to escape from a trapped life,  he has to act without pity. (20’s)


Jim O’Connor (the gentleman caller): A nice, ordinary, young man. (20’s)

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