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University Theatre to open season with virtual performance of ‘Glass Menagerie’

"In these days of COVID, the creative team and I are breaking new ground to deliver a high-quality theater experience using streaming technology,” director Matthew Mazuroski said.
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Nate Montgomery, Molly Galano and Elise Vargo star in the University Theatre production of “The Glass Menagerie.” (Photo courtesy of YSU)

YOUNGSTOWN — University Theatre at Youngstown State University will open its fall season with an online performance of “The Glass Menagerie” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25.

Additional performances of the Tennessee Williams play, directed by Matthew Mazuroski, are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Sept. 27, Oct. 3 and Oct. 4; and at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2.

The production will be available here, where tickets also can be purchased. Ticket prices are $10 for general admission single viewer; $25 for general admission group viewing/watch party; and free for YSU students and YSU faculty and staff with inclusion of Banner ID.

“The Glass Menagerie” is the story of a family desperate to break free of the burdens of their past and their present. The semi-autobiographical account of Williams’ early days in 1930s St. Louis is a heartbreaking yet often funny "memory play" told from the perspective of Tom Wingfield. Tom's mother, Amanda has been abandoned by her husband and now lives only for her children; his unmarried sister, Laura, who is a fragile and painfully shy, retreats into a world of glass animals; and Tom is torn between his poetic inclinations and the responsibility of supporting his mother and sister. Each escapes into their own personal "glass menagerie" as a means of eluding the pain of their own — and each other's — existence. 

"In these days of COVID, the creative team and I are breaking new ground to deliver a high-quality theater experience using streaming technology,” Mazuroski said in a news release. “By adapting this traditional theater experience into a more filmic experience, we are recording the work of the actors, designers and crew that allows us to continue our educational mission in a robust and rewarding way — one I strongly believe that our audiences will thoroughly enjoy." 

The cast includes Nate Montgomery, Elise Vargo and Mitchell Sharp. Guest artist Molly Galano, a veteran regional community theater actor, will perform the role of Amanda Wingfield.  

For more information, call the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.




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