The Award-winning Morongo Basin community theater company Theatre 29 invites you to audition for the 4th show in their “Best of” 20th season, Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie”. Auditions will be held at 6:00pm Monday, June 24th at Theatre 29, at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms. The production is being directed by Katie Fleischman.

The Glass Menagerie is a four-character memory play by Tennessee Williams that premiered in 1944 and catapulted Williams from obscurity to fame.

The play retells the faded and skewed recollections of a drifting young man named Tom Wingfield, set in St. Louis in 1937. He is an aspiring poet who toils in a shoe warehouse to support his domineering mother Amanda and his fragile and socially inept sister Laura. Mr. Wingfield, Tom and Laura’s father, ran off years ago and, except for one postcard, has not been heard from since.

Director Fleischman said the powerful play has always been on of her favorites, saying, “The Glass Menagerie”, I simply read it for the pleasure of reading a great play. I fell in love instantly with the characters, the story, and the beautiful, magical world that Williams created. It’s a world that captures how both palpable and yet fleeting memory is — and how memory is inexorably linked to longing and loss”.

The characters in the production include:

•Amanda Wingfield, Laura and Tom’s mother. A proud, vivacious woman clinging to memories of a refined past.

•Laura Wingfield, Amanda’s daughter and Tom’s older painfully shy sister. Laura has a bad leg, on which she has to wear a brace, and walks with a limp.

•Tom Wingfield, Amanda’s son and Laura’s younger brother. An aspiring poet that’s frustrated by the drudgery of his job and escapes from it through movies and alcohol.

•Jim O’Connor, an acquaintance of Tom who has an unwaveringly devotion to his personal success and who takes an interest in Laura.

Performers should be prepared to cold read excerpts from the play. They should also prepare a one-minute monologue.

“The Glass Menagerie” will run weekends from August 9-25, 2019, Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 and Sunday Matinees at 2:30.