A Play by Tennessee Williams
Sponsored by Henry's Restaurant
Directed by Scott Frey
March 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 & 24, 2018
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 also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, 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 of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda 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 the world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them.
A multiple award winning drama of great tenderness, charm and beauty, The Glass Menagerie is one of the most famous plays of the modern theatre.
WHAT'S FOR DINNER?
Assorted Breads with Butter
Spinach Mandarin Salad
Roasted Red Potatoes
California Blend Vegetables
Assorted Fruit Pies
WHO’S WHO IN THE COMPANY
BROCK EASTOM (Jim O’Connor) appeared on the Arena stage last season in Failure: A Love Story (Arena Award) and The Kitchen Witches before that. Brock was recently seen on the Fort Wayne Civic stage in White Christmas and One Foot in the Gravy (Anthony Award). During the day, Brock works for Arts United as their box office manager. He would like to thank his parents for always supporting him, and Scott Frey for trusting him to play this role. www.brockeastom.com
BROCK GRAHAM (Tom Wingfield) is very excited to be returning to Arena Dinner Theatre after making his Arena stage debut in last year’s production of Assassins as John Hinckley. Jr. He was last seen as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice at IPFW where he has also appeared in Our Town (George Gibbs), Into the Woods (Jack), Anything Goes (Lord Evelyn Oakleigh), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), and Blithe Spirit (Charles Condomine). Funnily enough, he also played Tom Wingfield in IPFW’s 2014 production of The Glass Menagerie and he’s thrilled to be revisiting the character four years later. Other local credits include Follies for Civic Theatre and Hair for Three Rivers Music Theatre.
BRIAN H. WAGNER (The Narrator) returns to the Arena stage after his appearance in our holiday production of Peter & the Starcatcher (Mrs. Bumbrake/Teacher). Prior to that, Brian won an Arena award for Best Supporting Actor last season for his portrayals of a dog, a bird, a clock, and a couple of humans in Failure: A Love Story. Brian will be directing the upcoming production of Calendar Girls later this spring. He is a multiple award winning actor and technician, as well as the Executive Director of Arena Dinner Theatre.
CAROL HOWELL-WASSON (Amanda) Carol was last seen on the Arena stage as Lucille in The Cemetery Club. Former roles include Ethel in Barefoot in the Park (Arena Award), Maxine in Stepping Out, an ensemble member in and the director of A Christmas Survival Guide, Mrs. Stancliffe in Sex Please, We’re Sixty (Arena Award), and she won Arena Awards for the roles of Mama Rose in Gypsy, Mother Superior in Nuncrackers, Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman, Rosemary in Picnic, and Big Mama in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. At the Civic Theatre, she last appeared as Martha in White Christmas (Anthony Award) and as Yente in Fiddler on the Roof. Regional credits include performances at The Black Hills Playhouse, Chicago Light Opera Works, and The Theatre of the Stars and the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Carol is thrilled to be working with this talented cast and crew. She dedicates her performance to her family; her daughter, Lea who joins us all the way from Seattle; her husband, Jim (up in the light booth); and her mom whose birthday marks our opening night. “Happy Opening Night, Mom (you always loved them so) and Happy Birthday!”
TARYN WIELAND (Laura Wingfield) Taryn is thrilled to make her Arena debut! She moved from California to Fort Wayne after earning a B.A. in Theater from Taylor University in 2013. Notable local credits include Annie Sullivan in The Miracle Worker (Fire & Light Productions), Touchstone in As You Like It (Shakespearemachine), and Portia in The Merchant of Venice (First Pres. Theatre). Her next adventure will be in New York City, where she's been accepted to the Atlantic Acting School's 2018 spring program. Taryn thanks her husband, Tucker, for his endless encouragement, goofiness, and steadfastness on the road to "Schwimmer money." Taryn is represented by the Helen Wells Agency and PMTM. To keep up with her or discuss booking, visit tarynwieland.com
WHO’S WHO IN THE PRODUCTION STAFF
SCOTT FREY (Director) Scott Frey was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Purdue University. He has been working in front of, as well as behind the curtain, in local theatres over the last 27 years. Although it has been awhile since he has directed at Arena, his production, Daddy's Dyin’, Who's Got the Will?, was awarded Best Play in 2005. In 2002, Scott served as stage manager at the Bailiwick Theatre in Chicago. He also was production manager for a national production for the International Convention of the Rescue Missions. Some of his favorite roles include King Sextimus - Once Upon a Mattress, Audrey II – Little Shop of Horrors, Big Deal - West Side Story, Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside - Auntie Mame, and Jim O’Conner - The Glass Menagerie.
FRED KRAUSKOPF (Stage Manager) Fred has been involved in the theater scene since the early 1980’s. He has performed in over thirty productions. He also has directed two shows and worked back stage in another thirty. He retired from GE and was on the Arena Board of Directors for more than twenty-five years. He and his wife, Jayne, have been married for over thirty years and have grown children. Fred also has stepchildren from an earlier marriage. He is happy to be working with Scott and this very talented cast on this classic play.