Site-specific performance at Brouwer House Creative
NorthEast Theatre Ensemble has set their sights on the Stockade for their latest site-specific venture, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie. The production is directed by long-time theatre matriarch of the Capital Region, Sandra Boynton.
For a play rooted more in memory than in realism, Brouwer House proves ideal. A relic of long ago, it is a uniquely timeworn place for Tom to spin stories of his past to the listeners he has gathered. It matters not that the audience sits in Schenectady– mere feet from the actors; they have been intimately invited in to share this journey with Tom and the estranged family he remembers and mourns. His mother Amanda and his sister Laura emerge again beside him, reliving their days in a cramped St. Louis apartment, struggling through the Depression as they also struggle to connect with one another. The audience, so physically present with these characters, bears intimate witness to their longing, their failures to communicate, and the frail, often unrealistic, hopes for the future that they cling to together.
Brouwer House, one of the oldest homes in Schenectady, was built in the 1730s by the Dutch settlers of the area. It has only recently become open to the public; throughout the centuries, many families have called it home. This is NETE’s third time working in Brouwer House; for the past two Octobers they have produced an original site-specific one-act, A Stockade Seance, written specially for the location and staged throughout Brouwer’s first floor.
The production features Michael Sinkora as Tom Wingfield and Jordan Bray as Jim O’Connor, with NETE company members Janet Hurley Kimlicko and Shae Fitzgerald as Amanda and Laura Wingfield. Suzanna Bornn, NETE’s Associate Director, serves as assistant director, with costume design by Bonnie Fitzgerald.
““Old” plays, classic plays, let a contemporary audience engage troublesome facets of the human condition from the armchair of reflection,” says director Sandra Boyton. “The Glass Menagerie is a play too subtle for a vast theatre, too delicate for the exaggerations of a movie. It belongs in an intimate environment like Schenectady’s Brouwer House.”
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, presented by NorthEast Theatre Ensemble
Location: Brouwer House Creative, 14 N. Church St., Schenectady, NY
Dates: Feb 28 – March 8; Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 3 pm
Ticketing: $20, available online at www.northeasttheatreensemble.com, via SimpleTix or by calling the box office at (518) 526-9170. Seating is extremely limited for this production, so advance purchase of tickets is highly recommended.
Accessibility: For specific needs or questions, please contact us ahead of time so we can best accommodate you in this unique space. Parking is available in the church lot across the street.