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THE GLASS MENAGERIE
THE GLASS MENAGERIE

October 2 - November 2, 2014

by Tennessee Williams
directed by Pamela Berlin

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The fading Southern belle, Amanda Wingfield; her sensitive daughter, Laura, who collects figurines that catch the light; their hopes for the Gentleman Caller who comes to pay a visit. These are Tom's memories of his family. After the recent acclaimed Broadway revival, The Public launches The Season of Legends – our 40th Anniversary – with a new production of Williams' classic. The Glass Menagerie was the first play ever performed by this company and its beauty continues to astonish us today. 

RUN TIME: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 15-minute intermission.

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FISHER NEAL (Tom Wingfield) is thrilled to make his Public Theater debut reviving the show that launched the company 40 years ago, directly across the street from the hall where his great uncle, Benjamin Spiegel, was a bassoonist and photographer for many years. Regionally he has performed with Yale Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Chautauqua Theater Company, Clarence Brown Theatre, and Texas Shakespeare Festival. He is a founding member as well as President and Managing Director of Old Sound Room, a New York City-based international award-winning performance ensemble comprised of 12 graduates from Yale School of Drama. MFA Yale School of Drama.

CATHRYN WAKE (Laura Wingfield) is happy to be a part of this iconic play. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks. Regional: The Other Josh Cohen (Paper Mill Playhouse). Other recent credits: She Loves Me, Woyzeck (Pace University); Adam Guettel in Concert ("The Beauty Is" soloist, Schimmel Center); Richard II, Hamlet (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). TV: "Glee" and "America's Got Talent." Cathryn is also a multi-instrumentalist and member of the band For You, The Moon. BFA Pace University, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art alum. www.cathrynwake.com

JORDAN WHALEN (Jim O'Connor) is excited to be making his debut at Pittsburgh Public Theater. Regionally he has performed at Great Lakes Theater in Romeo and Juliet and The Winter's Tale, Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Pride and Prejudice, and Meadow Brook Theatre in Mary Stuart and The Game's Afoot. Jordan's MFA is from Wayne State University (Hilberry Theatre) where he played a variety of roles in Hamlet, Cider House Rules: Parts 1 & 2, The Beaux' Stratagem, Of Mice and Men, A Servant of Two Masters, and numerous other productions. As part of the program at Wayne State, Jordan was able to spend a month training at the Moscow Art Theatre School in Russia. www.jordanwhalen.com

LYNNE WINTERSTELLER (Amanda Wingfield) Broadway/National Tours: A Grand Night for Singing (Roundabout), Annie (Uris), Sister Act (Mother Superior – Tour), Company (Sarah – Tour), Annie (Grace Farrell – Tour). Off-Broadway: Closer Than Ever (Drama Desk "Best Actress" Nomination), Mother Jones and the Children's Crusade (2014 New York Musical Theatre Festival "Outstanding Performance"), Castlewalk (2013 New York Musical Theatre Festival "Oustanding Performance"), Revisiting Wildfire, Richard Cory (New York Musical Theatre Festival "Best Actress"), The Mistress Cycle. Regional Plays: Clybourne Park (Pittsburgh Public), Circle Mirror Transformation (St. Louis Rep – "Kevin Kline Award"), Dinner With Friends (Alley), Lend Me a Tenor and Rumors (Walnut Street), M. Butterfly (Syracuse Stage). Regional Musicals: Sunset Boulevard, The Light in the Piazza, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (LA Ovation "Best Actress" Nomination), Kiss Me Kate, 42nd Street, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Television: "Madam Secretary," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Total Security," "Big Brother Jake," "Chappelle's Show" plus numerous commercials. Original Cast Recordings: Closer Than Ever, A Grand Night for Singing, Broadway Sings Christmas, Lost in Boston III, Unsung Musicals II. www.lynnewintersteller.com

PAMELA BERLIN (Director) has directed seven previous productions at Pittsburgh Public Theater: True West, Clybourne Park, Red, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Talley's Folly, Driving Miss Daisy, and Tea. New York credits include: Steel Magnolias (also Los Angeles, Chicago, and National Tour); To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (Circle in the Square); The Cemetary Club (Broadway); Joined at the Head and Pretty Fire (Manhattan Theatre Club); The Family of Mann and Red Address (Second Stage); Black Ink and Elm Circle (Playwrights Horizons); Endpapers (Variety Arts); Snowing at Delphi, Club Soda and Peacetime (WPA); Close Ties (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Regionally, she has directed at The Long Wharf, Kennedy Center, Huntington, Seattle Rep, Pasadena Plahouse, Pioneer, Portland Stage, Virginia Stage, TheatreWorks Palo Alto. Opera credits: La Traviata, Rigoletto, Madame Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Of Mice and Men, Bernstein's Mass. Pam has taught directing and acting at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and Brooklyn College and served for six years as President of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national labor union.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS (Playwright) was born Thomas Lanier Williams III on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. In 1929 he enrolled at the University of Missouri to study journalism, but was forced to withdraw because of his father's disapproval. He then took a position with a shoe company, but hated the job and suffered a nervous breakdown. After recovering, he attended the University of Iowa. At age 28 he moved to New Orleans and changed his name to Tennessee. He began to write seriously during this time, often using his complicated family situation as the fuel for his art. He won a writing contest, met an agent, and did a short stint as a scriptwriter for MGM in Hollywood. But it was on Broadway that Williams had his first success when The Glass Menagerie opened in 1945. He went on to write dozens of major works and is considered one of America's most important playwrights. His most acclaimed plays include: A Streetcar Named Desire (1948 Pulitzer Prize); Summer and Smoke; The Rose Tattoo (1951 Best Play Tony Award); Camino Real; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955 Pulitzer Prize); Orpheus Descending; Suddenly Last Summer; Sweet Bird of Youth, and The Night of the Iguana. Williams wrote his revealing autobiography, Memoirs, in 1975. He died in 1983 at age 71 in New York City.

MICHAEL SCHWEIKARDT (Scenic Designer) Recent and favorite PPT credits include Noises Off, True West, Other Desert Cities, Clybourne Park, Talley's Folly, Around the World in 80 Days, Red, Superior Donuts, Tea, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Bird Sanctuary, The Subject Was Roses, and Anna in the Tropics. Selected Off-Broadway productions include: The Bus and the American Premiere of Frank McGuinness' Gates of Gold (59 E 59), Bloodsong of Love (Ars Nova), The Black Suits (The Public Theater), Things to Ruin (Second Stage, The Zipper Factory). Regional credits include productions at The Old Globe, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, St. Louis Rep, Sarasota Opera, The MUNY, Paper Mill Playhouse and multiple productions for Goodspeed Musicals including Fiddler on the Roof, The Most Happy Fella, Carousel, Showboat, Annie Get Your Gun, 1776, Big River, and Camelot. Tours: James Taylor's One Man Band, ELLA, Motherhood the Musical. Other productions: Oklahoma! starring Kelli O'Hara and Will Chase celebrating the Oklahoma State centennial. Michael is currently designing Marie Antoinette the Musical and Phantom for EMK International in Seoul, South Korea. www.msportfolio.com

SUZANNE CHESNEY (Costume Designer) is pleased to return to Pittsburgh Public Theater where she previously designed Clybourne Park, directed by Pamela Berlin. Her other recent credits include Blithe Spirit and Turn of the Screw at Syracuse Stage; Fast Company, Isaac's Eye, Photograph 51, Lenin's Embalmers, Headstrong, White People, Lucy, Close Ties, End Days, Pigeon, On the Way to Timbuktu at the Ensemble Studio Theatre; The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Good Person of Szechwan at Juilliard; Teresa's Ecstasy at Cherry Lane Theatre; Feeder – A Love Story and Blue Before Morning at terraNOVA Collective. Suzanne has also assisted Jennifer von Mayrhauser on over 20 episodes of "Law & Order" (NBC) and season one of "Unforgettable" (CBS). www.suzannechesney.com

RUI RITA (Lighting Designer) designed Red for Pittsburgh Public Theater among others. He has also designed the Broadway productions of Velocity of Autumn, Trip to Bountiful, Present Laughter, Dividing the Estate, Old Acquaintance, Enchanted April among others. His Off-Broadway premieres include Just Jim Dale (Roundabout); Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage); Horton Foote's The Old Friends and The Orphans' Home Cycle (Hewes Award, Signature); Nightengale and Moonlight and Magnolias (Manhattan Theatre Club); Big Bill, Carpetbagger's Children, Far East (Lincoln Center Theater); The Day Emily Married (Primary Stages); and Dinner With Friends (Variety Arts Center). His Off-Broadway revivals include The Piano Lesson (Signature), Talley's Folly and The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (Roundaboue), and Engaged (Obie Award, Theatre for a New Audience). His regional credits include Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, Center Theatre Group, Ford's Theatre, Goodman, Hartford Stage, Huntington Theatre Company, The Shakespeare Theatre, Old Globe, Westport Country Playhouse, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. 

ZACH MOORE (Sound Designer) has designed more than 70 productions here at The Public, most recently Noises Off, Candida, Company, True West, and Our Town. Past PPT designs include the world premieres of The Chief, Harry's Friendly ServiceThe Glorious OnesThe Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn, and Paper Doll; the American premieres of The Bird Sanctuary and RolePlay (also original music); as well as 1776Around the World in 80 DaysRedElectra, Circle Mirror Transformation (also original music), A Midsummer Night's DreamMetamorphoses, I Am My Own WifeMan of La Mancha, and Tea. Other designs include Pop! (City Theatre), Sweeney Todd and Angels in America (Pitt Rep), House and Garden (Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre), Completely Hollywood (abridged) (Reduced Shakespeare Company), Falsettos (The Huntington), Paper Doll (Long Wharf Theatre), and Fully Committed (PPT, Dallas Theater Center, McCoy/Rigby Productions). Zach also operates a small music mastering studio, HDdB.

FRED NOEL (Production Stage Manager) marks his 26th season as Production Stage Manager at Pittsburgh Public Theater. He also completed four seasons with the National Theatre of the Deaf, touring throughout the United States and China. Mr. Noel was Stage Manager for the Performing Arts Season at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C. and Galludet University's tours of Europe, Argentina, Japan, India, South Africa, Mexico, and Romania. He also serves part-time as Production Manager for D.C. area Quest Productions; he assisted the company in producing Deaf West II, an international deaf arts festival, and several shows as part of the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe. His credits also include the Off-Broadway productions of Women of Manhattan. Mr. Noel is a Pennsylvania native and alumnus of Duquesne University. In Pittsburgh, he has also stage managed for Don Brockett Productions, Pittsburgh CLO, and Carnegie Mellon Showcase of New Plays.

SPENCER WHALE (Assistant Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of Cornell University, where he studied directing. As ASM, he worked on Quantum Theatre's immersive Tamara and Cornell's In the Middle of the Night. Directing credits include Titus Andronicus for Cornell's Main Stage Season, and subculture for the Risley Theatre. As President of the Cornell Shakespeare Troupe, he directed Macbeth and The Tempest, as well as Melancholy Play for the Schwartz Center, bare: A Pop Opera for the Melodramatics, and his original adaptation of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog for Risley Theatre. He was a member of the 2012 Hangar Theatre Lab Company, and won second prize for Stage Plays of the 2014 Heermans-McCalmon Dramatic Writing Competition.

McCORKLE CASTING, LTD. (Casting Director) Pat McCorkle, (C.S.A) Broadway: More than 50 productions including: End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Glass Menagerie, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, Amadeus, She Loves Me, Blood Brothers, A Few Good Men, among many others. Off-Broadway: Hit the Wall, Tribes, Falling, Our Town (Barrow Street), Toxic Avenger, Almost Maine, Freud's Last Session, Driving Miss Daisy, and more. Feature film:Premium Rush, Ghost Town, Secret Window, Tony and Tina's Wedding, The Thomas Crown Affair, The 13th Warrior, Madeline, Die Hard With A Vengeance, School Ties, etc. Television: New George Lopez series, "St. George," "Sesame Street" (CTW), "Californication" (Emmy nomination), "Max Bickford" and "Hack" (CBS), "Strangers with Candy," "Barbershop," "Chappelle's Show," and many more. www.mccorklecasting.com.

TED PAPPAS (Producing Artistic Directorcelebrates his 15th season as Producing Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Public Theater and his 22nd year of close association with the company as a director. He has staged more than 46productions for The Public, including the works of Euripides, Shakespeare, Schiller, Wilde, Gilbert & Sullivan, and Sondheim. Some highlights include Sophocles' Electra, Shakespeare's As You Like It, Kaufman & Ferber's The Royal Family, Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, Kander & Ebb's Cabaret, the American premiere of Alan Ayckbourn's RolePlay, and the world premiere of Rob Zellers and Gene Collier's The Chief. His career began in New York City where he worked at Playwrights Horizons, Joseph Papp's Public Theater, John Houseman's The Acting Company, New York City Opera under the leadership of Beverly Sills, and shows on and off Broadway. His regional credits are numerous and varied and include productions for Williamstown Theatre Festival, Arena Stage in Washington DC, the Kennedy Center, the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto's Royal Alexandra, and Goodspeed Musicals. He staged a hip-hop concert hosted by Harry Belafonte which galvanized the Cannes Film Festival, directed a Las Vegas extravaganza for impresario Steve Wynn, and served as choreographer for NBC's legendary series "Saturday Night Live." He studied Shakespeare with Samuel Schoenbaum and modern drama with Eric Bentley, and holds degrees from Northwestern University and Manhattan's Hunter College. He is a past president of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national labor union. 

 

 

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