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Glass Menagerie

By Tennessee Williams

Produced: April, 2012
Bridgewater State University Theater
Scenery: Arthur Dirks
Facility: Rondileau Campus Center Auditorium


This was an unusual choice for BSU because it has only four actors. The director was determined to produce the play in the spirit of Williams' original intent. The technologies of the theater of the 1940s and 50s were not sufficient to meet his idealized intentions, found in various editions of the play. His ideas were strongly influenced by aspects of film, and today we can achieve his layers and visions.

For this production we put up a lighting truss in the orchestra pit and hung a white scrim off the front edge with a painted brick surround masking the lighting. The entire living room was about 10' deep on the apron, and the dining room was just past the fire pocket. A video projector from the balcony front row managed the imagery. The audience entered to a solid brick wall and the fire escape at the side leading down to the orchestra pit. After Tom's opening speech, the brick wall dissolved to the apartment interior.

Glass Menagerie at BSU
Design Sketch

© 2012 Arthur L. Dirks