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 has strong autobiographical elements, featuring characters based on Williams himself, his histrionic mother, and his mentally fragile sister Rose. In writing the play, Williams drew on an earlier short story, as well as a screenplay he had written under the title of The Gentleman Caller.
The play is introduced to the audience by Tom, the narrator and protagonist, as a memory play based on his recollection of his mother Amanda and his sister Laura. Because the play is based on memory, Tom cautions the audience that what they see may not be precisely what happened.
The Glass Menagerie opened on Broadway in the Playhouse Theatre on March 31, 1945 and played there until June 29, 1946. It then moved to the Royale Theatre from July 1, 1946 until its closing on August 3, 1946. The show was directed by Eddie Dowling and Margo Jones and stared Eddie Dowling, Laurette Taylor, Julie Haydon, Anthony Ross.
Sally Field – The Mother (Amanda Wingfield)
Joe Mantello – The Son (Tom Wingfield)
Madison Ferris – The Daughter (Laura Wingfield)
Finn Wittrock – The Gentleman Caller (Jim O’Connor)
Produced by Scott Rudin
Written by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Sam Gold
Scenic Design by Andrew Lieberman
Costume Design by Woiceich Dziedzic
Lighting Design by Adam Silverman
Sound Design by Bray Poor
Details on the Belasco Theatre’s Accessibility
Access Into Theatre: Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are 2 steps to box office/lobby. The side entrance has no steps. Please be advised that where there are steps either into or within the theatre, we are unable to provide assistance.
Accessibility by Seating Section
Orchestra Location: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. There are no steps to the designated wheelchair seating location.
Mezzanine Location: Located on 2nd level, up 1 flight of stairs. Once on the Mezzanine level, there are approximately 2 steps up/down per row. Entrance to Mezzanine is behind row H.
Balcony Location: No elevator, stairs only. Once on the Balcony level, there are approximately 2 steps up/down per row. The entrance to the Balcony is behind row F.
Handrails: Available at the end of every stepped seat row in the Mezzanine and Balcony.
Wheelchair accessible restroom available.