Yellowstone Repertory Theatre will present one of the most celebrated plays in American history, "The Glass Menagerie," by Tennessee Williams.
The play opens March 2 and runs through March 17 at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts. It tells the story of Tom Wingfield, his mother Amanda, and his sister Laura.
Tom speaks directly to the audience and shows us the events that led him to leave his family in St. Louis and follow in the footsteps of his absent father, “a telephone man who fell in love with long distance.”
"Glass Menagerie" was Williams’ first successful play. After premiering in Chicago in 1944, it won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play in 1945. Since then, there have been many successful stage revivals, two film versions, and two television adaptations. It is one of those plays that is almost always being produced somewhere in the world.
Famous American actors who have appeared in stage or screen versions include Katherine Hepburn, Joanne Woodward, Kirk Douglas, John Malkovich, Hal Holbrook, Maureen Stapleton, Jessica Tandy, Jessica Lange, and Sally Field.
The Yellowstone Rep Artistic Ensemble features founders Dina Brophy as Amanda and Caitlin Hart as Laura, Chas Llewellyn as Tom, and Daniel Nickerson as Jim, the Gentleman Caller.
Hart and Nickerson were seen most recently in Yellowstone Rep’s debut production of "Doubt, A Parable" by John Patrick Shanley.
Llewellyn has appeared in many stage productions in Billings and is the leader of the Projectile Comedy Improv Troupe. He will also be appearing in Yellowstone Rep’s production of "Crimes of the Heart" by Beth Henley, which opens June 8. Menagerie is directed by Yellowstone Rep Artistic Director Craig Huisenga.
“'The Glass Menagerie' is the kind of play we love to do. It has challenging roles for actors, rich language, and is both funny and heartbreaking," Huisenga said. "We’re looking forward to sharing this American classic with Billings audiences.”
Sets for this production will be designed by Robert Gunderson, costumes by Leah Ford, lighting by Davison Schanno, and sound by Ryan Gage. Original music is composed by Billings violinist and teacher Lauren Carr.
All performances of The Glass Menagerie will be presented in the intimate Black Box at NOVA Center for the Performing Arts, 2317 Montana Ave.
Ticket prices are $22 for adults, $15 for students. Discounts are available for buyers of Yellowstone Rep season tickets, flex passes, and groups of eight or more or student groups of 10 or more. For tickets or more info, visit our website at www.YellowstoneRep.org. Tickets may also be purchased by phone at 1-800-838-3006, or at the door.
Yellowstone Repertory Theatre’s mission is to bring professional theater to Billings and the surrounding region by creating a committed ensemble that dares the artist, while captivating and inspiring the audience.