The Glass Menagerie is one of America’s great plays, written by Tennessee Williams and performed as part of TexARTS’ professional Off-Broadway Series. The semi-autobiographical play was originally written for MGM. It premiered in Chicago in 1944 and in 1945 won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
The Glass Menagerie was Williams's first successful play. He went on to become one of America's most highly regarded playwrights. Williams (whose real name was Thomas) largely reflects himself in the main narrator character of Tom, who recounts his life with his mother Amanda and his sickly, supposedly mentally ill sister. William's real-life sister Rose is transformed into Tom's sister Laura, whose nickname in the play is "Blue Roses," a result of an unfortunate bout of pleurosis as a high school student. This union production integrates some of the region’s finest talent and brings one of our greatest American plays and playwrights to life with depth and quality.