A non-profit theater group renting space at Chesterfield Mall is putting on 12 shows of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Managerie over the next three weekends, starting Thursday 8 p.m. - March 18. Sundays 2 p.m.
Tickets are $22-$25. A preview Thursday March 1 is only $18. Judging from previous productions, theater-goers say Dramatic License Productions are worth the price of the ticket.
And if you haven't read The Glass Menagerie, it's worth seeing the play. You'll get a sense of what Tennessee Williams' writing is all about. His works are often considered semi-autobiographical, and alcohol-fueled.
Here's what Dramatic License Theatre says about The Glass Menagerie on Brown Paper Ticket:
One of the most revered plays of the 20th century, by one of America's greatest playwrights—Tennessee Williams—this timeless classic set in 1930's St. Louis centers on family: living with them, standing by them, escaping them, and loving them anyway. Poetic and frustrated Tom is desperate to escape the confines of his family's small St. Louis apartment, his domineering mother and shy, slightly damaged sister. A visit by a gentlemen caller could change their lives for the better. But will it?
Haven't heard of Dramatic License Productions? This is from their website:
Dramatic License Productions is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization presenting professional theatre and cabaret at its intimate 85-seat black box theatre in ARTropolis arts district in Chesterfield Mall, Chesterfield, Missouri. Presenting five to seven theatre and cabaret performances each year, our mission is to engage, inspire and inform diverse west St. Louis County audiences through thought-provoking, professional live theatre, musical and educational experiences.
What's Professional Theatre Council (PTC)? From their website:
The Professional Theatre Council was founded in 2004 in order to promote and celebrate excellence in professional St. Louis theater. The primary catalyst for fulfilling its mission is the annual presentation of the Kevin Kline Awards. The Kevin Kline Awards honors theatre artists and productions in 22 categories. In its six seasons of presenting awards, 148 trophies have been awarded, with 45 separate theaters nominated and 20 theaters receiving awards. The awards are named in honor of St. Louis’ own Tony and Academy Awards winner Kevin Kline.
Who's Kevin Kline? From the PTC website:
A St. Louis native and Priory School graduate, Kevin Kline won Tony Awards for “On the Twentieth Century” and “The Pirates of Penzance” before leading roles in “Sophie’s Choice” (1982) and “The Big Chill” (1983) made him a Hollywood star. Adept at comedy and drama on stage and screen, Kline won an Academy Award for his madcap performance in “A Fish Called Wanda” and received accolades for his stage interpretations of “Richard III” and “Hamlet”. Refusing to abandon his passion for theater while working in films as diverse as “Dave” and “Cry Freedom,” Kevin Kline often has been called the “American Laurence Olivier.” He most recently received a Tony nomination for his portrayal of Falstaff in Shakespeare’s “Henry IV” at Lincoln Center.
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For more information about The Glass Menagerie contact 636-220-7012 Executive Producer Kim Furlow with Dramatic License Productions.