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FHU Theatre to Present The Glass Menagerie

Henderson, Tenn. - Feb 12, 2015

Tennessee Williams’ most intimate play, “The Glass Menagerie,” opens in Freed-Hardeman University’s Black Box Theatre Feb. 26 and continues through Feb. 28. Senior Maddie Alden will direct the play under the supervision of Cliff Thompson, director of theatre at FHU.

Tennessee Williams’ most intimate play, “The Glass Menagerie,” opens in Freed-Hardeman University’s Black Box Theatre Feb. 26-28. Senior Maddie Alden will direct the play under the supervision of Cliff Thompson, director of theatre at FHU.

Set during the Great Depression, “The Glass Menagerie” is the story of a broken family struggling with reality and one another. The play unfolds as the mother, Amanda, places all of her hopes for her children, Tom and Laura, on the visit of a gentleman caller. Williams uses elements from his own past to add to the play’s emotional intensity.

The cast features Tansy Matheny, a junior theatre major from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., as Amanda; Marla Nordstrom, a freshman English and psychology major from Mt. Juliet, Tenn., as Laura; and Steven Laden of New Haven, Conn., as Tom. Junior psychology major Brandon England of Peachtree City, Ga., will play gentleman caller Jim O’Connor.

Alden, a theatre performance major from College Grove, Tenn., views the play from Tom’s very personal perspective. “For me, the most heart-wrenching moment in the play happens at the very end as Tom calls out to the memory of his sister whom he had abandoned,” she said. “The whole cast has worked very hard to grant ‘The Glass Menagerie’ all the poetic beauty it demands.”

Presentations of “The Glass Menagerie” are Feb. 26-28 at 7:00pm and Feb. 28 at 2:00pm General admission tickets are $7. To purchase tickets, visit fhutickets.com or call the theatre office at 731-989-6057.