None of the cast of the new Broadway production of “The Glass Menageries” was impressed with Tennessee Williams’ play when they first read it in school — not Zachary Quinto, not Cherry Jones, not Celia Keenan-Bolger.
“I thought Amanda was kind of freakish; I didn’t buy it,” says Jones, the actress who is about to play the character of the mother. “It was just because I lacked depth and life experience I couldn’t appreciate the woman’s dilemma – and the beauty of the woman.” Now, Jones says, “I love her.”
“I felt pretty disconnected from it,” says Celia Keenan-Bolger, who plays Laura, the daughter. “ I come from a pretty functional family, and I remember thinking: I can’t find my way into this play.”
John Tiffany felt differently. “I always found it very truthful and very moving.” Tiffany, best-known for directing “Once,” is directing the seventh Broadway production of “The Glass Menagerie,” which is opening on September 26, 2013 at the Booth Theater.
To hear Quinto talk about it in my interviews with the four cast members, it was Tiffany’s production that turned his view around.
In the video below the cast members answer:
When they first learned of the play
What their favorite line is
What the difference is between stage and screen acting
Cherry Jones talks about her character Amanda Wingfield (which is in part a repeat of a section in the video above but then comments that are new)