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Directing Resume

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Production Information

THE GLASS MENAGERIE

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Gregg W. Brevoort

Horace Mann Theatre

New York, NY

Note:  This production was performed in recognition and commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the original Broadway debut of The Glass Menagerie.  It was the only such production authorized in New York City by the Tennessee Williams Estate.

Design / Production Team

Production Consultants


 

Lighting Design

Set Design

Costume Design

Set Construction
 

Sound Design

Stage Manager

Anne Bogart

Andrei Serban

& Gerald Schoenfeld
 

Matthew Adelson

Gregg W. Brevoort

Marcia Canestrano

John Gebbie, Jr.
& Jeffrey Siegal

Peter Griggs

Michael Yawney

CAST

Tom

Elder Tom

Amanda

Laura

Gentleman Caller

Stage Hand #1

Stage Hand #2

Ken Kamlet *

Sam Gray *

Tamara Daniel *

Rebecca Harris *

Tom Biglin *

Khairul Adb Wahab

Eric Waldemar

*  members of Actors Equity Association

Reviews

“I have seen many productions of this play in my life and I would have to rank this as one of the best.”

Arnold Aronson
Chair,
Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theatre Studies, Columbia University

 

“I have never seen a production of this play quite as insightful as Gregg’s”
Andrei Serban

Director's Notes

In this production of The Glass Menagerie, I tried to portray the darker underbelly to this American classic. Set on 8th Avenue of New York City, I framed the play within a contemporary urban environment. Splitting the role of Tom, I cast an elderly gentleman, Broadway veteran Sam Gray, to portray Tom Wingfield at the end of his life. Moving through the bars and sex shops of 8th Avenue, Elder Tom would narrate directly to the audience, taking us back, via memory/flashback, to the St. Louis of 1933 and the particular stories related in the play. Visually, the contemporary urban environment never quite disappeared: the fire escape was a construction scaffolding, the dining room table was set upon Con Edison sawhorses, the phone was a Nynex payphone and the Paradise Dance Hall was a bank of sex shop peep show booths “across the alley.”

I had always been interested in the fate of Tom at the end of the play. Even as a student, watching the movie in a 10th Grade English class, I always wanted to know what happened to Tom after the play concluded. What was that journey that the final monologue seemed to represent – and does the play, in fact, reveal to us just what that journey might have been? I think it does.

I used a lot of music by Tom Waits, particularly songs from the Rain Dogs and Frank’s Wild Years recordings. The “Paradise Dance Hall theme”, in fact, was an original composition influenced by a refrain in Tom Waits’ “Just Another Sucker On The Vine” from the Swordfishtrombones cd.

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