Since it premiered seventy years ago, Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie has been performed in countless incarnations and studied in high-school classes all over the country. But Phamaly Theatre Company’s version of the classic offers something none of the others do, says director Bryce Alexander. “Our Glass Menagerie is different than any Glass Menagerie people will see simply because our performer, who has a disability, is actually playing the character who has a disability.”
Just in time for Phamaly’s 25th anniversary, the theater company — which is made up entirely of performers with disabilities — will perform a version of the play that combines the Broadway staging with Williams’s original manuscript and includes projections behind the actors. The drama is narrated by Tom, an aspiring poet living at home during the Depression while his mother tragically schemes to find his disabled sister a spouse; it’s set to an original score by Colorado composer Raechel Sherwood. “People are scared of The Glass Menagerie because they may remember it as being a real tragedy,” says Alexander. “But what’s most important about the play is, no matter if you have a disability or if you are heartbroken or if you’ve lost your job, everybody is dealing with those struggles.”
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The Glass Menagerie runs today through Sunday at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, and at the Lone Tree Arts Center, 10075 Commons Street, on March 7, 8 and 9. Tickets, $15 to $34, are available at phamaly.org or by calling the Arvada Center at 720-898-7200 or LTAC at 720-509-1000.
Feb. 21-23, 2 p.m., 2014