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Shattered Globe Theatre's 2008/09 Season

The Glass Menagerie
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Kevin Hagan
Featuring Ensemble Members Allison Batty, Mike Falevits
and Linda Reiter with David Dastmalchian
September 4–November 2, 2008

The Glass Menagerie launched Tennessee Williams's professional career and is regarded by many to be his most biographical work — the characters and story emulating his own life more closely than any of his other plays. Inspired by real events, Williams employs themes of illusion and escape to depict the radiance and delicacy of life in this “memory play.” This fall, Shattered Globe will embrace those themes in the rarely produced and fluid theatrical style that Williams prescribed for this play and American theater in general. Shattered Globe Artistic Director Kevin Hagan creates a mercurial production offering fresh reflections on the characters and story so familiar to audiences.

The Little Foxes
By Lillian Hellman
Directed by Brandon Bruce
Featuring Ensemble Members Eileen Niccolai and Linda Reiter
January 8–March 8, 2009

The Little Foxes is Lillian Hellman's most popular work of drama. The sibling characters at the center of her hugely successful play are caught in a cycle of revenge as ripe and bloodthirsty as any classic Greek tragedy. Driven by insatiable greed to acquire ever more wealth, the Hubbards will steal, plot, and sacrifice all family ties as they attempt to invest in one of the first cotton mills to industrialize the New South.  While literary critics argue whether the popularity of Hellman's play is due to its value as an allegory or its appeal as a satire, the story maintains an enduring relevance, dramatizing the predatory capitalism that Hellman felt threatens the American ethic. 

 

Buried Child
By Sam Shepard
Directed by Steve Scott
Featuring Ensemble Members Allison Batty, Maury Cooper
and Linda Reiter
May 14-July 12, 2009

Buried Child is the macabre and perversely humorous tale of a Midwestern American family with a dark, terrible secret. After more than a decade as Off-Broadway's most successful counter-culture playwright, Sam Shepard achieved national fame and attention with this 1979 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. The story is as puzzling as it is deeply insightful. At ground level, the play resembles the realism and grotesquerie of many mid-century American playwrights. But underneath, its roots in ritual and its particular approach to monumental, timeless themes of human suffering — incest, murder, and rebirth — suggest something entirely different. With each new generation comes the hope of awakening from the disintegrating American Dream.