The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Theatre Department brings down its season curtain with Tennessee Williams’ graceful valentine to the memory of his mother and sister, The Glass Menagerie.
The production will be presented at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 31 through Saturday, June 2, and Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 9, in the Studio Theatre of the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the UPJ campus.
Struggling through the latter days of the Depression, increasingly lighted by the distant flares of the war in Europe, the Wingfield family is transplanted from the South to a dingy apartment in St. Louis and copes with the disappearance of the father, “a telephone man who fell in love with long distance.”
Isaac Kuhn plays Tom, a thinly disguised young Williams, who must now be the man of the house for his Southern belle mother, Amanda portrayed by UPJ Theatre alumna Kyra Kozielec-Gilmore, and for his shy, crippled sister Laura, played by Angela Godin. The desperate little family momentarily hopes for rescue from Laura’s first Gentleman Caller, Jim O’Connor, played by Sean McHugh.
The play’s scenic design is by James Moore, with lighting and sound by Michael Feight, costumes and properties by Linda Capp. The UPJ Theatre has commissioned a special score of music composed by James Cochran.
The performance is directed by Rodney Eatman, assisted by Sadie DeSantis.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the ArtsLine at 1-800-846-ARTS from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Fridays. Tickets are $7. Discount tickets of $5 are being offered to senior citizens (over 65 years of age), students under 18 and members of the Pitt Johnstown community (faculty, staff, students, and members of the Pitt Johnstown Alumni Association who carry the “gold card”). The box office is open for in-person sales from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office opens one hour before performances.
Founded in 1927 and celebrating 80 years, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown is a four-year, degree-granting college of the University of Pittsburgh with an enrollment of approximately 3,200. The university offers more than 40 majors and is known for its engineering technology, education, humanities, natural and social sciences degree programs. UPJ has been ranked “Third in the North” among public comprehensive colleges and universities, northern region, by U.S. News and World Report, America’s Best Colleges, 2007.