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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 7, 2007
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Isadoora Theatre Presents Tennessee Williams' American Classic "The Glass Menagerie"
Classic American “Memory Play” closes Isadoora Theatre Company 5th Anniversary Season

(Ephraim, Wisconsin) On May 17th, Isadoora Theatre Company (ITC) will open its final show of their 2006-2007 5th anniversary season.  Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie is the last of three shows in ITC’s 06-07 season.  This American classic begins with the opening performance on Thursday, May 17th at 7:30 PM and continues thru Sun, May 20 and Thurs, May 24 thru Sun, May 27.  All shows begin at 7:30 PM, with the exception of 2 PM Sunday matinees, at the Old Ephraim Village Hall. 

This dramatic masterwork of the 20th Century, awash in memories and secrets, is a perfect fit for Isadoora, articulating big ideas of life and the finely etched details of the human heart and continuing Isadoora’s commitment to tackling challenging plays.  Other recent Isadoora productions include:  Chicago (Feb ‘07), Art (Oct ‘06), The Bear & The Proposal (May ’06), Assassins (Feb ‘06), Talking With (Oct ‘05), The Laramie Project (May ‘05), The Foreigner (Feb ‘05), and Side by Side by Sondheim (Feb ‘04).

Isadoora’s production of The Glass Menagerie has been created by the vision of director Dr. Arthur Hopper, with lighting design by Dave Alley of American Folklore Theatre, along with a proven and experienced cast including Jim Lautenbach (Tom), Gayle Johnson (Amanda), Amy Ensign (Laura) and Andrew Olson (Jim).

This semi-autobiographical account of Tennessee Williams’ early days in 1930’s St. Louis is a heartbreaking yet often funny "memory play" told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield.   The Glass Menagerie opened at the Playhouse Theatre in New York City on March 31, 1945 and heralded the arrival of a great new voice for the stage, Tennessee Williams.  In Menagerie, we follow the story of a family, the Wingfields, and their struggle to survive in Depression era St. Louis.  We meet the matriarch, Amanda (Gayle Johnson) and her two grown children: the distant and dreaming Tom (Jim Lautenbach) and the timid Laura (Amy Ensign), the keeper of the titular menagerie.  When we join the Wingfield’s tale, they are living in a cramped apartment, fighting to scratch out a meager living between Tom’s warehouse job and Amanda’s odd jobs, after abandonment by Mr. Wingfield who abandoned his family obligations many years prior.  Each character copes with a form of escape:  Amanda escapes to her gentile Southern past, recounting all her former glories to her children; Tom dreams of escaping his life of perceived servitude; and Laura escapes into her world glass animals and her father’s Victrola records.  But hope springs eternal and Amanda’s revelries of the past become grand plans for the future with Tom’s promise of a “gentleman caller” (Andrew Olson) for Laura; a sign of hope or a disturbance that will shatter their fragile home.

“Audience members will experience the ultimate theatre experience thanks to the level of professionalism and quality that Dr. Hopper’s direction has given this production,” says Christi Callsen, ITC Artistic Director.  “This will be a rare opportunity to experience a production staged ‘in the round’ in Door County,” Callsen continues.  “The production has been staged in the intimate format with the audience encompassing the stage in a 360 degree fashion. Tennessee Williams’ work combined with a strong director, talented cast, and incredible design team will bring this classic work to the stage with a new and interesting twist.”

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

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Isadoora's season runs during Door County's "off-season" to delight the community with theatre year-round. Continuing our 5th anniversary season in May 2007 will be "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennesee Williams. We hope you'll come to see one of our final show this season and experience Isadoora Theatre at its finest...live and on stage! For more information on Isadoora Theatre Company, send an e-mail to info@isadoora.com or mail to P.O. Box 734, Fish Creek, WI 54212 or call 920-493-DOOR (3667).

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