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CCRI Players present 'The Glass Menagerie'

April 17, 2013

CCRI Players rehearse a scene from "The Glass Menagerie" CCRI Players Elizabeth Jacqueline Souin (left), Joseph DiMauro and Marina Kiczek perform a scene from "The Glass Menagerie."

The Community College of Rhode Island Players will present “The Glass Menagerie,” the classic American play by Tennessee Williams, Thursday to Sunday, April 18 to 21, in the auditorium at the Liston Campus in Providence.

Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating.

Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura is disabled; this, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself.

The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man, Jim, to dine with the family. Amanda pounces upon him as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted out of herself into a new world. But soon, the world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.

Assistant Professor Theodore R. Clement directs the cast of Marina Kiczek, Joseph DiMauro, Elizabeth Jaqueline Souin and Ian Cooper. The assistant Director is Erin Archer and the stage manager is Branigan Duguay. Set and lighting design is by Assistant Professor Luke J. Sutherland and costume design is by Professor Jeffrey A. Butterworth.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, April 18 to 20, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 21. Tickets cost $10 general admission or $8 for students, senior citizens and CCRI faculty and staff. Call 825-2219 for reservations.

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