FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 1, 2007
Ben Meyer 920-493-3920
Isadoora Announces Director, Cast & Crew for "The Glass Menagerie"
Isadoora Theatre, celebrating its 5th anniversary season, presents “The Glass Menagerie” written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Dr. Arthur Hopper. One of the greatest plays of the American theatre, “The Glass Menagerie” will be presented at the Old Ephraim Village Hall, May 17-20 and May 24-27.
Dr. Arthur Hopper has directed well over 200 major productions in his forty years as a theatre educator. In 1994 he was chosen by the American College Theatre Festival as one of the top ten educational theatre directors in the nation. He and his wife Dee retired to Baileys Harbor in 2000 after he served for 16 years as chairman of the Department of Theatre and Dance at U.W.-Stevens Point.
The production consists of a large cadre of technical support. Dave Alley, of American Folklore Theatre, is the lighting designer and sound consultant. Jeffrey Berger is the sound engineer. The show is stage managed by Lynn Berger. Dee Hopper is the set and props coordinator as well as the box office manager. Publicity photography is by Sheila Sabrey-Saperstein with poster and logo design by Jim Lautenbach. Ann Birnschein is the playbill & graphics editor.
The Glass Menagerie cast is announced as Gayle Johnson playing the role of Amanda Wingfield (the mother), Jim Lautenbach playing the role of Tom Wingfield (her son), Amy Ensign playing the role of Laura Wingfield (her daughter), and Andrew Olson playing the role of Jim O’Connor (the gentleman caller). All four cast members have extensive theatre experience and have previously appeared in Isadoora productions.
Tennessee Williams, who is often referred to as “America’s Shakespeare,” drew heavily on his family experiences in his writings. When "The Glass Menagerie" hit Broadway in 1945, it not only changed Tennessee Williams' life, it revolutionized American theater. "A Streetcar Named Desire," "The Night of the Iguana" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" are among his other masterpieces. Among his many awards, Williams won two Pulitzer Prizes and four New York Drama Critics Circle Awards.
In addition to twenty-five full length plays, Williams produced dozens of short plays and screenplays, two novels, a novella, sixty short stories, over one hundred poems, and an autobiography. His works have been translated into at least twenty-seven languages, and countless productions of his work have been staged around the world.
The cast and crew have been rehearsing since early April to stage “The Glass Menagerie.” The show is a perfect piece for Door County in May. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 7:30 PM. Sunday matinees are at 2 PM. Tickets are available for $12 by calling the Isadoora box office phone at 920-493-3667. The Old Ephraim Village Hall is located at 9996 Water Street, Ephraim, WI 54211.
Isadoora Theatre Company celebrates theatre through its basic elements of movement, music, story and thought. The company provides theatrical experiences of intellectual integrity fulfilled by open self-examination and artistic risk for the educational and cultural enrichment of the community. For more information please visit www.isadoora.com