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Written by Tennesee Williams. Directed by janet Spencer.
The Tennessee Williams Literary Festival may last only one week, but New Orleans' love for the plays by this great southern writer lasts all year. The Anthony Bean Community Theater is proud to announce its presentation of one of his masterpieces: "The Glass Menagerie", opening April 10th and running three weekends through April 26th. Featuring an all-Black cast of African Americans. The production captures both the love and desperation of this fascinating but dysfunctional family. Gwendolyne Foxworth, as the mother, Amanda, heads a stellar cast of local actors, including Albert Aubry, Coti Gayles, Dwight Clay and DC PauL.
Gwendolyne Foxworth is a Big Easy Award winner and an ABCTs Icon honoree, shes been a member of The Anthony Bean Community Theater since its inception 15 years ago. Shes a Wilsonian actor and her roles include Alberta in The Sty of the Blind Pig and the female lead in most of August Wilsons plays produced by ABCT. Mr. Aubry is no newcomer to Tennessee Williams' work, having portrayed Big Daddy in ABCTs production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" last year. Ms. Gayles was last seen in August Wilsons Two Trains Running and Mr. Clay will be remembered for his performance as Wolf in Two Trains Running. Mr. PauL is winding up his role as Claudio in "Measure for Measure, and will follow his current assignment as Harpo in "The Color Purple," scheduled to open May 22.
Janet Spencer returns to ABCT as director of "The Glass Menagerie," having previously directed an outstanding production of "A Member of the Wedding," featuring Carol Sutton. For the past five years Ms. Spencer has lived in Texas, writing and directing short comic films and producing the "Off Kilter Comic Film Festival" in Bastrop. She is delighted to have this opportunity to return to her former home of New Orleans, and to ABCT. She is especially pleased that her husband, Lyn Caliva, is joining her on this project as lighting designer.