Jennings County Players present ‘The Glass Menagerie’

Tribune staff reports

Jennings County Players plans to present the classic American drama “The Glass Menagerie” on Feb. 26, 27 and 28 at Park Theatre Civic Centre in North Vernon.

“The Glass Menagerie” is a semi-autobiographical account of Tennessee Williams’ early days in the 1930s in St. Louis. It is told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield.

In “The Glass Menagerie,” illusions make life bearable for a family abandoned by “a telephone man who fell in love with long distances.” Each member escapes into their own personal “glass menagerie” as a means of eluding the pain of their own — and each others’ — existence.

The mother cheers herself up with memories of her youth as a sought-after Southern belle; the daughter loses herself in an imaginary world of glass animals; and the son, who finds solace in the deadening effects of drink and the fantasy served up in the movies, is torn between love for his family and the need to escape before he, too, is lost.

The play is directed by Marilee Yeager-Taylor.

The four-member cast includes Justin Chadwick as Tom, Marcia Boardman as Amanda, Rachael Myers as Laura and Ben Suhre as Jim.

Stage manager for the production is Carolyn Frey, and the musical director is Anna McGriff.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27 and 2 p.m. Feb. 28.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at Park Theatre Civic Centre, 25 N. Madison Ave., North Vernon. The box office is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

Tickets may be purchased at the door prior to each performance.

Tickets prices are adults, $8 in advance or $10 at the door; students (grades K-12), $3; and preschool children, $1.

Information: Park Theatre Civic Centre at 812-346-7609.