WHAT: City Theatre of Independence presents the Tennessee Williams play “The Glass Menagerie,” first produced in 1944, directed by Cece McFarland and produced by special arrangements with Dramatist Play Service, Inc.

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Thursday-Saturday and Jan. 19-20; 2 p.m., Jan. 21; dinner theater at 6:30 p.m., Saturday (reservations required).

WHERE: Powerhouse Theatre at Sermon Community Center, 201 N. Dodgion St., Independence.

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $15, $13 for 60-older. Dinner theater tickets are $30. Tickets can be reserved by called 816-325-7367 or purchased at the door.

WHAT THE PLAY IS ABOUT: The show is a memory play, told by Tom Wingfield, a merchant marine looking back on the Depression years in St. Louis. Amanda Wingfield, a faded Southern belle of middle age, lives a dingy apartment with her son Tom and daughter Laura, as Mr. Wingfield had skipped town years earlier.

Amanda is overbearing and still clings to memories of wealthier years long since past, and she worries about the future for Laura, a young woman with a limp who spends her energies tending to her collection of glass figurines. Amanda enrolls her in business school, but Laura later reveals that she was too shy and stopped going to classes. Tom, working at a shoe warehouse to pay the rent but also driven to distraction by his mother's nagging, seeks escape in alcohol and the movies.

Pressured by his mother to help find a suitable husband for Laura, Tom invites an acquaintance from the factory to dinner. Jim turns out to be Laura's long-ago crush, and he takes a liking to her, and Amanda is obsessed about the possibilities. But the Wingfields are vulnerable to being shattered like Laura's glass menagerie by something Tom did not know (from dramatists.com and stageagent.com).


Character: Actor

Tom: Khalid Johnson

Laura: Abbey Briscoe

Amanda: Nancy Eppert

Jim O'Connor: Alexander Adams