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The Glass Menagerie , Theatre UAF (1995)

The Glass Menagerie (1995)

Costumes and Photos by Tara Maginnis

ShowsGlass92872_13Dave Fields as Tom the Narrator [at auditions the director,Anatoly Antohin, had two actors who both had abilities for Tom, the central role. One hadthe best abilities in Tom's young persona, the other had the kind of gravity with humorthat the narrator parts of Tom needed. Rather than pick one who would be good at one halfof the part but weak in the other half, Anatoly chose both, and split the part into olderand younger versions of Tom's self, on stage simultaneously. After seeing Dave in thescripted "merchant seaman's" coat at first dress, it became obvious that it wasnot working with this split. On a hunch I pulled a late 1940's-early 1950's raw silk suitjacket in a natural golden-beige, paired it with a cream wool pair of cuffed, pleated1940's trousers, beige 1950's Thai silk tie, and off-white dress shirt. He got lots oflittle touches of gold jewelry, a tie clip, ring, cigarette case, and wristwatch. And mixedwith Dave's pale blonde hair he looked like a de-colored ghost of Tennessee Williams. Itworked better as a costume than all the others we spent weeks working on.]

ShowsGlass92872_16 Georgia Berry as Amanda, Dave Fields as Tomthe Narrator and Alex Beaudrault as the (silent) absent Father [Two other actors were alsoadded as silent roles in the play. During the monologue about the dance hall the gentlemancaller, Jim was seen on the periphery of our thrust stage dancing with his fiancée. Theabsent Father, also floated around the edge of the stage, just out of reach, whenever hewas alluded to. He too was in creams and beiges, c. 1910, like the ghost of the handsomeyoung man Amanda first met.]

ShowsGlass92872_19 Jenny Cross as Laura

ShowsGlass92872_22 Jenny Cross as Laura

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