April 17th, 2013 at 11:26am brian
The Prague Playhouse production of Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie opens May 2, 2013 at 19:30! Tickets are now on sale by visiting our online boxoffice.
From the director of last year’s Sweeney Todd, The Glass Menagerie is one of the most well known plays of the iconic paragons of American Theater, Tennessee Williams. It is his most auto-biographical play, dealing with the time when he was breaking out of the roles that were “expected” of him and going out on his own. This decision, however, was fraught with trauma and guit about leaving his family, who depended on him. The entire play brings into relief the decisions which we all make between staying in a role in the family which we are brought up, and who we really are.
We have taken a unique look at the play, actually forming two casts: an American cast, all of whom are American or speak with an American accent with perfect fluency and a Czech cast who, while speaking in English, bring their own unique perspective and cultural knowledge to the process. The American cast is lead by Julie Josephson in the role of Amanda, the protective and demanding mother who only wants the best for her children. Mrs. Josephson comes to our stage directly from America where she has played both on stage and screen. Brian Caspe plays the role of Tom, the rebellious son who must choose between living a lie and striking out on his own. Mr. Caspe is familiar to Prague Playhouse audience members as playing the title roles in both Sweeney Todd and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also the founder of the company. India Choquette plays Laura, the sickly and shy sister who is really the focal point of the play. Ms. Choquette is currently an acting student at the Prague Film School and will return to New York to work as an actor there. And the Gentleman Caller is played by Ronald Prokeš, who was a student at the English College of Prague and has acted in many English-language productions including Marat/Sade.
The Czech cast is made up of Dagmar Spain, a Czech-German actor and dancer who choreographed of A Broad’s Way’s production of Dokola. Lukaš Vydržál plays Tom. Laura is played by Alena Doláková, who also performs at Divadlo V Celetné. Adam Vacula plays the Gentleman Caller.
The Glass Menagerie will play at Divadlo Na pradle, Besedni 3 in Prague 1 (near Ujezd) May 2, 3 * , 4, 15 *, 16 & 17 at 19:30 as well as a matinee on May 4 at 14:00. * The Czech cast will play on the 3rd and 15th.
Tickets are 250 Kc for general admission and 220 Kc for students (up to 26) and seniors (65 and over).