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Cracking The Glass Menagerie

Return to stage: Tennessee Williams classic showcases students, faculty


In the slide show above, Jim Petosa, director of the CFA school of theatre, talks about The Glass Menagerie, the inaugural production of the Boston Center for American Performance.

Hamlet’s line “The play’s the thing” is often quoted, but the marrying line of the couplet, “wherein I’ll catch the conscience of the king,” usually vanishes. Hamlet was trying to trap his father’s killer, and theater large and small always tries to goad an audience — inspiration, agitation, contemplation, anything so long as there’s movement out there. All year, examples of that emerged in and around BU; this week, we revisit some of those “things.”

The Glass Menagerie, Tennessee Williams’ classic 1944 play about memory, illusion, and escape, launched the inaugural season of the College of Fine Arts Boston Center for American Performance (BCAP). The initiative is aimed at fostering interaction between performing arts professionals and CFA.

The production, which featured a cast, crew, and design team of BU faculty and students, opened on October 15, 2008, and ended with a five-performance stretch beginning October 30, at the CFA Theatre Lab.

Jim Petosa, director of the school of theatre, directed the play, which follows the loosely autobiographical tale of a fragile Southern family abandoned by their patriarch. “We wanted to find a play that we considered to be quintessentially American,” Petosa says, “a play that still spoke to us in our time today.”

The second production of BCAP’s inaugural season, Doug Wright’s one-man play I Am My Own Wife, ran from April 22 to May 10, 2009.

Edward A. Brown can be reached at ebrown@bu.edu.

This story originally ran October 29, 2008.


One Comment on Cracking The Glass Menagerie

  • Jim Petosa on 07.15.2009 at 9:17 am

    More GLASS

    Thanks for the reprise of this feature on the BCAP production of THE GLASS MENAGERIE! Readers might be interested to learn that our BCAP efforts led directly to another production of the play at the Olney Theatre Center near Washington, DC.
    That production which featured BU faculty Paula Langton, Michael Kaye and BU alum costume designer Nikki Moody – just closed a highly successful six week run last Sunday.
    Our work on the play in Boston served as a solid foundation for continued exploration of this inexhaustible play.
    Reference: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/01/AR2009060103142.html

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