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'The Glass Menagerie' to open Oct. 8

RELEASED: Oct. 1, 2009

'The Glass Menagerie' posterEAU CLAIRE — The UW-Eau Claire department of music and theatre arts' production of "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams will open at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8 in Kjer Theatre. Additional evening performances will be presented Oct. 9-10 and 14-17, with a 1:30 p.m. matinee Oct. 11.

"The Glass Menagerie," directed by Richard Nimke, associate professor of theatre arts, is a memory play, with its action drawing from the reminiscences of Tom Wingfield. Set in 1937 St. Louis, Mo., the play focuses on Tom's life as a warehouse worker, laboring to support his mother and sister after his father abandons them. The play is a recollection of those living in the past, the quest for romance and the desire for escape and a more satisfying life. Tom recalls his escape into literature, alcohol and films as he deals with his family relationships and a job he can hardly bear.

Nimke hails the popular play as an important staple in the literature and theatre genres. "'The Glass Menagerie' is a classical piece of American dramatic literature, and Tennessee Williams is arguably one of the greatest American playwrights," Nimke said.

The cast includes freshman Trevor Dowd, De Pere, as Jim; sophomore Siri Brobst, Rochester, Minn., as Laura; and seniors Eddie Neve, De Forest, as Tom, and Charlene Lucht, Greenville, as Amanda.

Others assisting with the production are: senior Dominique Sicard, Neenah, stage manager; Kevin Gawley, assistant professor of music and theatre arts, scenic and lighting designer; Mallory Prucha-Rishoi, artist in music and theatre arts, costume designer; senior Shane Chandler, Colfax, assistant costume and makeup designer; senior Ben Klema, Racine, props designer; and Art Gulig, technical director of university theatre, sound and technical director.

Tickets, available at the Service Center (715-836-3727 or 800-949-8932), are $10 for the general public, $8 for those 62 and older and UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff, $6 for those 17 and younger and $2.50 for students with a university ID. Tickets for campus events also are available at the ticket office in the Haas Fine Arts Center lobby weekdays from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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