Landmark Community Theatre and Backyard Theater Ensemble prepare a literary classic for the main stage

Landmark Community Theatre and Backyard Theater Ensemble prepare a literary classic for the main stage
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Landmark and Backyard Theater’s 2016 Seasons will start off with a collaborative effort to produce the literary classic, The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, showing February 27, March 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8pm and February 28, March 6, 13 at 2pm

The Glass Menagerie is, as the main character Tom says, a memory play. The play takes place in St. Louis, Missouri, where Tom works in a show factory dreaming of having a life of adventure like those he sees in the movies. His mother, Amanda, is concerned about finding a ‘beau’ for his emotionally crippled sister, whose only focus is on her glass animal collection. When he finally brings a friend home for dinner, we see their dreams and nightmares collide. It is a story of longing and the desire to have a better life while trapped by the bonds of the past. 

The Glass Menagerie is directed by Donato J. D’Albis. D’Albis is the Artistic Director of Backyard Theater Ensemble, a local theater company committed to producing theater that is inspiring and challenging. D’Albis recently directed BTE’s award winning play Laundry and Bourbon and last summer’s production of Gidion’s Knot. He has worked in regional theater on both coasts as well as worked on bringing new works to the stage in New York, New Haven, and recently at the Warner’s International Playwright Festival. 

Heading up the cast of The Glass Menagerie are Thomaston-area regulars. BTE founder Chet Ostroski will play Tom, the play’s narrator who feels smothered by his family and torn by his desire for escape. Lucia Dressel will play his relentless mother, Amanda Wingfield. Playing the role of Tom’s fragile sister, Laura, is Nicole Thomas. Finally, Matthew Albert will play Laura’s love interest, Jim, the gentleman caller her mother has been waiting for. LCT & BTE are excited to share this artistic collaboration with audiences of all ages. Williams’ play has withstood the test of time in print, film, and on stage.

Come enjoy the experience of quality live theater in a historic Connecticut landmark showing February 27, March 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8pm and February 28, March 6, February 3, 2016 13 at 2pm. For more information on tickets and group sales, contact or visit the Box Office (860) 283-6250 Monday – Friday 1pm – 6pm and Saturday 1pm - 4pm @ 158 Main Street Thomaston, CT 06790. Or purchase tickets online: www.landmarkcommuntytheatre.org. 

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