The Glass Menagerie

Drama - Original

Playhouse Theatre (March 31, 1945 - June 29, 1946)
Royale Theatre (July 01, 1946 - August 03, 1946)
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  • Opening Date: March 31, 1945
  • Closing Date: August 3, 1946
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 563

Playwright: Tennessee Williams


Tennessee Williams achieved his first major success with this autobiographical "memory play," which looks at the Wingfield family — frustrated writer Tom, his nagging mother, Amanda, who is often lost in memories of her Southern-belle past, and his painfully shy sister, Laura — and the effect a visit from a "gentleman caller" for Laura has on all their lives.


Opening Night Cast

Eddie Dowling The Son (Tom Wingfield)
Julie Haydon The Daughter (Laura Wingfield)
Anthony Ross The Gentleman Caller (Jim O'Connor)
Laurette Taylor in The Glass Menagerie Laurette Taylor The Mother (Amanda Wingfield)
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Opening Night Production Credits

Tennessee Williams Tennessee Williams Playwright
  Eddie Dowling Director
  Margo Jones Director
  Jo Mielziner Scenic Design
  Jo Mielziner Lighting Design
  Alexander Yokel General Manager
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New York Drama Critics' Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1945 Best American Play Tennessee Williams Winner
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