The Glass Menagerie

Are you overburdened with problems? Having constant tiffs with your sibling? An endless argument with your mother over the concept of marriage? Or is it a broken relationship with your father? Don’t label your family as an abnormal one. This is the story of every family who deals with complications. 

They say you don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you as you are to them. On such play that addresses this condition is The Glass Menagerie. Considered as on the finest works in theatre, the play was initially conceived by Tennessee Williams in 1944.
 
 
After years of obscurity, he suddenly became famous with the play that closely reflected on his own unhappy family background. The play has been adapted into movies and stage productions 70 years after it was first written. The story revolves around Amanada and her family. Abandoned by her husband, Amanda is a devoted mother who comforts herself with recollections of her earlier life when she was pursued by ‘gentleman callers’. Her son Tom, a poet with a job in a warehouse, longs for adventure to escape from his mother’s constant fixation on things, while Laura, her shy crippled daughter’s fascination lies in the glass menagerie. Amanda is desperate to find her daughter a husband, but when the long – awaited gentleman caller does arrive, Laura’s romantic illusions are crushed.
 
The play garnered attention in India when Rage production’s Rajith KapurSheraz Patel and Rahul Ad Cunha decided adapt and stage it in 2013. The play is directed by noted film and theatre artist Rajith Kapur. Ever since he began his career in 1992, the actor has many accomplishments to his credit. Including the National award for Best Actor for the movie Making of the Mahatma and the Kerala state award for Best actor for the movie Agni Sakshi. He is actively engaged in film and theatre productions, as an actor and director. His Other film credits include Ghulam, Benegal’s Well Done Abba and recently GuzaarishShaitan and Dam 999 . Upcoming releases are Deepti Naval’s Do paise ki dhoop chaaraane ki baarish and Kanwal Sharma’s Delhi Eye. The play also stars a power-house performer like Sheraz Patel and noted theatre personalities such as Ira Dubey, Cabir Maira, Ursula Pereira and Jim Sarbh. 
 
We give you insights into the character sketch and details about the cast & crew.
 
Characters: 
 
AMANDA: Laura and Tom’s mother. A proud, vivacious woman, Amanda clings fervently to memories of a vanished, genteel past. She has endurance and a kind of heroism, and though her foolishness makes her unwittingly cruel at times, there is tenderness in her. 
 
TOM: The narrator of the play. Amanda’s son and Laura’s younger brother, Tom works at a shoe warehouse to support the family. A poet with a job at the docks. Remorseless, he yearns to escape from a trap – his family. 
 
LAURA: Amanda’s daughter and Tom’s older sister. Laura has a bad leg, on which she has to wear a brace, and walks with a limp. Twenty-three years old and painfully shy, her separation from reality increases until she is like a piece of her own glass collection, too exquisitely fragile to move from the shelf. 
 
JAMES: Charming and ambitious, a popular athlete in high school, he works with Tom at the docks while dreaming of bigger things. 
 
Cast & Crew:
 
 
Shernaz Patel
 
Shernaz Patel has been a part of the English theatre in India for the past 25 years. Starting with ’The Diary Of Anne Frank ’in 1984, she went on to play leading roles in such milestone plays as ‘Letters to My Daughter’ , ‘Antigone’ and ’Love Letters’. Her recent theatre work includes ’26/11’, ‘Blackbird ’(META Award for Best Actress, 2010)’Breathe In Breathe Out’ and ’Class of ’84’. She has also been successfully acting in Indian cinema ever since she worked in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Black in 2004 for which she was nominated for numerous awards. Her most recent films include ’Guzaarish ’(Screen Award winner for Best Supporting Actress 2011), I Am, Lamha, Rockstar, Little Zizou.
 
Ira Dubey
 
Ira Dubey graduated has done a Liberal Arts Major in Theatre Studies from Yale University,  where she trained in speech and movement development, Ms Dubey’s theatrical work over the past 3 years includes Womanly Voices, Adhe Adhure & August: Osage County with The Primetime Theatre Company; amongst others. In the past year and a half she completed shooting for "Graveyard Shift",written and directed by Ahmed Fiyaz. She is currently on tour with her new solo performance , Heather Raffo’s critically acclaimed, "9 Parts of Desire", a tale of survival, love and war set in Iraq.
 
Cabir Maira
 
An Adventure sports enthusiast, Graduated in sound Engineering from Sydney. Currently working as a model and actor his television work includes “2612” & “2613” on Life Ok channel.
 
Ursula Pereira
 
Ursula Pereira started the violin and her music studies with the Carl Orff method at a young age under the tutelage of Ms.Jini Dinshaw. In March 2009 she completed Anupam Kher’s Actor Prepares Actor and Dance Part time course. After which she was selected for the role of a news reporter for the film Guzaarish. Currently a freelance Music teacher and Performer, Ursula is a trainee teacher with Jehangir School of Speech And Drama.
 
Jim Sarbh
 
Bombay based budding Actor and Director. Recent plays include – ‘Death of a Salesman’, ‘Cock’ , ‘Noises Off’ and Eric Vigner’s ‘Gates to India Song’.
 
The play will not tell you how bad or unreasonable a family can be. But it will tell you how to combats social issues in a light-heart manner. Not to forget the way it teaches you to take charge of the situations no matter how fragile or vulnerable you portray yourself to be. Watch this amusing yet compelling dark-comedy unfold in your city. The Glass Menagerie is set to take over Kochi on April 30th and Chennai on May 1st,  2014. 

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