Dordt College News

Dordt brings “The Glass Menagerie” to the stage

October 17, 2011

Called “the greatest of all American plays,” Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie is a classic of the stage. Dordt College’s theater troupe brings the story to life with six productions in the TePaske Theatre at 7:30 p.m., October 20, 22, 27, 28, and 29, and a matinee performance Saturday, October 22, at 1 p.m.

Viewers see inside the life of a family filled with unrealistic dreams: Amanda, the overbearing mother, clings to youthful memories of rich suitors; Laura, the crippled daughter, plays with her collection of glass animals; and Tom, the frustrated son, secretly dreams of escape.

The story “reveals powerful things about broken relationships and provides the audience a glimpse into a family whose love for each other is so complicated: strong and fractured at the same time,” said Teresa Ter Haar, Dordt College associate professor of theater and the play’s director.

The play’s genre of magical realism allows for some unique production elements. To illustrate the blending of magical elements with reality, Williams called for projected images. Though many productions choose to exclude this element, Dordt’s production will include original projections that will enhance the expressionistic aspects of the play.

The small ensemble includes senior Jonathan Posthuma (Tom Wingfield), senior Emily Hageman (Amanda Wingfield), freshman Sam Leverton (Laura Wingfield), and junior Nathan Sparks (Jim O’Connor).

Production contributors include senior Jeni Kanis (set design), junior Brian DeYoung (music consultant), senior Jonathan Posthuma (music composer), freshman Mark Steiger (sound engineer), and junior Anna Vanden Akker (projections coordinator).

Tickets can be purchased or reserved at, or by calling (712) 722-6430.

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