The Dramatic Society of East London Presents:
PRODUCTION: The Glass Menagerie
PLAYWRIGHT: Tennessee Williams
VENUE: Alexander Playhouse,
Derwent Ave, Cambridge
DATES: 18, 19 and 20 July 2013
TIMES: Nightly at 19:00
BOOKINGS: Lee Gold Music
Phone: 043 7351586
Directed by: Pieter Taljaard
Cast: Cameron McEwan, Linda Smith,
Maxine Hobbs, Marcel Corson
A real treat is in store for East London theatre goers this winter when The Dramatic Society of East London presents the riveting and timeless drama of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Awarded Best Play by the New York Critics’ Circle and acclaimed as Williams’ first Broadway success, this emotionally charged story of hope shines a searching light of beauty on family relationships and dreams and will enchant you and move you to tears.
The story concerns asiring young poet Tom Wingfield (Cameron McEwan) who reluctantly works in a shoe warehouse to support his overbearing, faded-Southern-belle mother, Amanda (Linda Smith) and desperately shy sister, Laura (Maxine Hobbs). Neither has any chance of fulfilling their mother’s American dream of success. Laura is a lame, pathologically shy stay-at-home; Tom has his father’s wandering ways and allergy to confinement. Pushed by his mother, Tom finds Laura a gentleman caller (Marcel Corson) to try and coax her from her fragile private world.
Pieter Taljaard (Othello, Hairspray, Roses and Rain) directs a powerhouse cast in this re-imagining of the classic broadway hit. “The play is universal and can speak to everyone who has dreamed of a future beyond their grasp but still holds on the hope”, says Taljaard.
Well-known local actors Marcel Corson (Othello, Hairspray, Showstoppers, Power of Love) and Maxine Hobbs (Hairspray, Showstoppers, Roses and Rain) portray the characters of Tom and Laura Wingfield respectively. Linda Smith (Othello) will grace the stage as Amanda Wingfield, which is today still one of the greatest roles in theatre.
Joining the local cast on stage is Cameron McEwan, returning to the stage and his roots in the Eastern Cape as Tom Wingfield. McEwan who started off his career by winning the Grand Champion of Acting award at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles in 2003 as a student of Taljaard. Taljaard and McEwan worked together on the critically acclaimed 2005 Grahamstown production Ramhorn. He went on to work in film and television and was recently seen as the character of Nelson in M-Net’s The Wild, currently being shown on Mzansi. Other roles included appearances on Backstage and Scandal.
“I am thrilled to be involved in this mesmerizing production of The Glass Menagerie. This beautiful story will leave audiences moved and enchanted by the beauty that is life and love”
The Glass Menagerie will be presented on 18, 19 and 20 July, 2013 at the Alexander Playhouse in Derwent Ave, Cambridge. Tickets are R50 each and bookings can be made at Lee Gold Music at Phone: 043 7351586. Patrons are welcome to bring their own snacks and drinks to performances which would start nightly at 19:00 for curtain up at 19:30.