Bill Edwards as Tom Wingfield looks back at
his family, Katie Tame as Laura and MaryAnn Hay
as Amanda in Tri-State Actors Theater’s season opener,
The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. April 16
through May 11, 74 Main St., Sussex, New Jersey. 973 875-2950 


Sussex, NJ…Tri-State Actors Theater opens its 21st anniversary season on Wednesday, April 16 with the
Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE, directed by Artistic Director Paul Meacham, at the historic
Crescent Theater, 74 Main St., Sussex, NJ. Williams’ masterpiece is one of the most haunting and delicate
plays of the American theater and introduced Williams as one of the preeminent American playwrights of the
20th century. This semi-autobiographical account of Williams’ early days in 1930′ s St. Louis is heartbreaking
yet often funny. As revealed in the opening lines of the play, The Glass Menagerie is told through the memory
of Tom Wingfield (Bill Edwards*), a restless soul trapped in a stifling factory job as the reluctant breadwinner for
a family abandoned by his father. His mother, Amanda (MaryAnn Hay*), once a grand Southern socialite,
struggles to regain her former glory through her children, while her painfully shy daughter Laura (Katie Tame*)
retreats from the world’s harsh realities into her collection of tiny glass animals. The arrival of a “gentleman caller”
(Gordon Gray) could be a sign of hope … or a disturbance that will shatter their fragile home. (Mr. Edwards, Ms.
Hay and Ms. Tame are all members of Actors’ Equity Association.)

In an interview Tennessee Williams once stated, “I have always been interested in creating a character that
contains something crippled. They have a certain appearance of fragility, these neurotic people I write about,
but they are really strong.” The Glass Menagerie was the playwright’s first critical success when it opened in
Chicago in 1944 and premiered on Broadway in 1945. Following its New York premiere, the play won the New
York Drama Critics’ Circle (Williams’ first of four) and a Pulitzer Prize (Williams’ first of two); it was revived on
Broadway in 1965 and again in 1983.

The Glass Menagerie opens with a preview performance at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, April 16; all seats are $15.00.
The play continues through Sunday, May 11. Opening Night is Friday, April 18. The performance is followed by
a “Meet the Artist Reception” and refreshments will be served.

Evening performances are Thursdays, April 24 and May 8; tickets are $20.00. Tickets for Friday and Saturday
evenings at 8 pm and Sunday matinees at 3 pm are $30 regular admission, $27 for senior citizens and $20 for
students. The matinee on Sunday, May 4 will be followed by a post-theater talk back with the actors and Artistic
Director, Paul Meacham, to examine the themes and issues of the play.

Large print programs, wheelchair access and elevator service are available for patrons with special needs.
Reservations are recommended for all performances. For tickets, information, and special services, please
contact the Box Office at 973 875-2950. Main Street parking is limited and patrons are encouraged to use the
free municipal parking lot on Harrison Street, directly behind the theater.

Additional information about Tri-State Actors Theater and its programs and services are available on the web at Funding for Tri-State Actors Theater has been made possible in part by a
grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National
Endowment for the Arts and the generous support of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation.