***AUDITION NOTICE***

The Glass Menagerie
Written By: Tennessee Williams

Directed By: Matthew Weil

Audition Date: Monday December 17th starting at 6:30pm
Callbacks as needed, by invitation only, will be held on Wednesday December 19th

Show Dates: March 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, 27, 29, 30, 31
(Please note, there are student matinee performances on March 20, 27, and 29 at 10 a.m.)

The Ritz Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions (Age 21-Late 50s) for our upcoming production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. For those granted an audition, you will be asked to prepare a 1-2 minute dramatic contemporary monologue that best shows your range of emotion. All those wishing to be considered for an audition should forward a headshot & resume to David M. Mooney-Todd, Casting Director at The Ritz Theatre Company, via email at ritztheatrecasting@gmail.com (Must have ‘Glass Menagerie Submission’ in subject line). Please do not submit if you have any tech week or performance conflicts as we will not be casting understudies for this production. Deadline submission is Dec. 14, 2019 at 5 p.m.

** Please note – The role of Laura has been cast. ALL REMAINING ROLES ARE OPEN and will receive a modest stipend.

THE STORY

A theatrical piece of distinct power, with some of Tennessee Williams’ most potent lyricism, The Glass Menagerie is a memory play as told to us by Tom Wingfield, a would-be-poet looking back on the years he spent with his overbearing, genteel mother, Amanda, and his physically disabled, cripplingly shy sister, Laura. Entangled in the trappings of family and life, the trio clashes as they struggle for escape from their decrepit St. Louis tenement. Williams’ intensely personal and brilliantly tender masterpiece exposes the complexity of our memories, and the ways in which we can never truly escape them.

THE CHARACTERS

Tom Wingfield (Late 20s to Mid 30s) – Works at a shoe warehouse to support his family but is frustrated by his job and aspires to be a poet. He struggles to write, all the while being sleep-deprived and irritable. Yet, he escapes from reality through nightly excursions to the movies and local bars. Tom feels both obligated toward yet burdened by his family and longs to escape.

Amanda Wingfield (Early 40s to Late 50s) – A faded Southern belle, abandoned by her husband, who is trying to raise her two children under harsh financial conditions. Amanda yearns for the comforts of her youth and also longs for her children to have the same comforts, but her devotion to them has made her—as she admits at one point—almost “hateful” towards them.

Jim O’Connor (Mid 20s) – An old high school acquaintance of Tom and Laura. Jim was a popular athlete and actor during his days at Soldan High School. Subsequent years have been less kind to Jim however, and by the time of the play’s action, he is working as a shipping clerk at the same shoe warehouse as Tom. His hope to shine again is conveyed by his study of public speaking and ideas of self-improvement.