The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) is pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded $25,000 to support the A.R.T. production of The Glass Menagerie. The A.R.T. is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant.
The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee Williams’ poetic masterpiece, anchored by the ageing southern belle Amanda Wingfield, who hopes for her son Tom to fulfill her dreams of finding the perfect “gentleman caller” for her shy and damaged daughter Laura. This production marks the A.R.T.’s first foray into the world of Tennessee Williams. Directed by Tony Award-winning director John Tiffany, the cast includes multiple Tony and Emmy Award winner Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield, Zachary Quinto as Tom, Celia Keenan-Bolger as Laura, and Brian J. Smith as the Gentleman Caller. The Tony Award-winning design team includes set and costumes by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, and sound by Clive Goodwin. Movement is by longtime Tiffany collaborator Steven Hoggett. The production begins performances on February 2 at the Loeb Drama Center, 64 Brattle Street, Cambridge, and runsthrough Sunday, March 17, 2013.
"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including The Glass Menagerie at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts," said Chairman Rocco Landesman. "These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs."
In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants totaling $22.3 million, spanning 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focusing primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existingworks for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff, and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.