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Bluefield College Theatre will present Tennessee Williams' classic of the American stage, The Glass Menagerie, Thursday, February 13 through Sunday, February 16.

Performances of the 1944 production, written by Williams as an autobiographical view of periods of his own life, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, February 13-15, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 16.

All shows will take place inside BC's Harman Chapel Auditorium. Admission for each performance will be $10 for adults and $5 for non-BC students and senior citizens.

The son of a fading southern belle and brother to an emotionally unstable sister, Tennessee Williams felt the need to escape his past to follow his dream of a literary career. The Glass Menagerie tells the story of Tom Wingfield, an aspiring poet working in a shoe warehouse in St. Louis, Missouri, in the 1930s to support his mother and sister.

His mother, Amanda, is the product of a society that has passed into memory and nostalgia. She longs for the wealth and social position of her past as she struggles to get by day to day in the industrial north. Laura, Tom's sister, is an emotionally fragile young woman hiding from the world in an imaginary world populated with the fragile glass animals she collects in her glass menagerie. It is mother Amanda's obsession that Tom help find a husband for Laura that focuses the struggle and drives the conflict in the play.

The role of Tom for the BC Theatre presentation of The Glass Menagerie will be played by senior theatre major Bobby Hall. Amanda, his controlling mother, will be played by BC theatre professor Rebecca McCoy-Reese. Senior theatre major Summer Wilding will play Tom's sister, Laura.

The gentleman caller, the young man lured into Amanda's plot to find a husband for her daughter, will be played by sophomore Ty Tatum. Directing the production will be Charles Reese, theatre professor and artistic director.

"We are very excited about Glass Menagerie," said Reese. "It is one of the best American plays in the modern repertory. It is filled with beautifully poetic language and moving images all spoken with the cadence of the Deep South, where Tennessee Williams grew up."

            For more information about The Glass Menagerie or other Bluefield College Theatre productions, contact Reese by e-mail at creese@bluefield.edu or by phone at 276-326-4244 or 276-326-4213.

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