Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Long Wharf's 'Menagerie' to Transfer Off Broadway

Keira Keeley and Judith Ivey
in Long Wharf's production of The Glass Menagerie.

Long Wharf Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie, starring two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, will transfer to New York City’s Roundabout Theatre Company during the 2009-2010 Off-Broadway season.

The Roundabout (Todd Haimes, Artistic Director) in association with Long Wharf Theatre will present the play, directed by Gordon Edelstein with Ivey (Amanda Wingfield), Patch Darragh (Tom Wingfield), Keira Keeley (Laura Wingfield). Additional casting will be announced shortly.

The Glass Menagerie will begin performances March 5 with an official opening March 24at the Laura Pels Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre (111 West 46th Street). This will be a limited engagement.

The design team will include two-time Tony® Award winner Michael Yeargan (sets), two-time Tony® Award winner Martin Pakledinaz (costumes), two-time Tony® Award winner & MacArthur Fellow Jennifer Tipton (lights), and David Budries (sound).

This transfer, Long Wharf Theatre’s first since the 2006-07 season’s production of Durango by Julia Cho, continues the theatre’s long tradition of sending seminal productions to New York City. “I’m thrilled that the excellent work done by Judy and the rest of the cast, as well as our brilliant design team, will be seen by a much larger audience. It is a testament to the quality of the work on our stages,” Edelstein said.

Over the course of the theatre’s 45 year history, it has sent more than 20 productions to Broadway, including Sizwe Banzi is Dead by Athol Fugard, Hughie by Eugene O’Neill, All My Sons by Arthur Miller, Streamers by David Rabe, American Buffalo by David Mamet, Broken Glass by Arthur Miller and Ah, Wilderness! by Eugene O’Neill.

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