‘The Glass Menagerie’

Back Al­ley Pro­duc­tions presents peek into life of au­thor Ten­nessee Wil­liams

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Back Al­ley Pro­duc­tions will present “The Glass Menagerie,” the semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal clas­sic by Ten­nessee Wil­liams, in six per­for­mances at Mars The­atre in LaFayette, Ga., be­gin­ning Fri­day, Sept. 15.

A mem­ory play, “The Glass Menagerie” tells the story of the Wing­field fam­ily: a faded South­ern belle named Amanda and her two chil­dren, Tom and Laura.

Tom is the nar­ra­tor, a dreamer who longs for in­de­pen­dence, but is teth­ered to home as the only provider for his fam­ily in the ab­sence of his fa­ther. Laura is a shy, crip­pled girl who spends her time ad­mir­ing her glass an­i­mals in lieu of any so­cial life. Nei­ther are happy.

“I have al­ways ad­mired Wil­liams’ way of writ­ing,” says di­rec­tor Kelsea Ram­bin-Smith. “His im­agery is what has al­ways drawn me in. I’m es­pe­cially drawn to ‘Glass,’ as it is known to be his most pow­er­ful. We get a bet­ter glimpse into what Wil­liams was like, and why he wrote like he did.”

The equi­lib­rium of the un­happy Wing­field fam­ily strug­gles along, but is soon thrown off bal­ance com­pletely when Amanda makes a deal with Tom: He can fi­nally leave home once he finds a hus­band to take care of Laura.

The show stars Jared Kane, Cyn­thia Hubler, Madi­son Smith and Alex Walker.

“I want you to feel a con­nec­tion to th­ese char­ac­ters and think of them as fam­ily,” Ram­bin-Smith says. “When you per­form in the round, it’s said to heighten the senses and bring more aware­ness. I am the first di­rec­tor of BAP to at­tempt a pro­duc­tion in the round. It comes with its chal­lenges, but the pay­off is well worth it.”

Gen­eral ad­mis­sion to the show is $ 15; stu­dents and se­niors are $12. Tick­ets may be pur­chased on­line at www. BAP­shows. com.

For more in­for­ma­tion: 706-483-6541.


Madi­son Smith, left, por­trays anx­i­ety-rid­den Laura while Jared Kane por­trays Tom, whose grow­ing dis­con­tent­ment with his fam­ily is push­ing him to leave.

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