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Drama Season Opens with The Glass Menagerie

By Clarke News  |  September 25, 2012

Clarke University Drama Season Opens with

Play Features Original Score by Student Composer

Clarke University is pleased to announce that the Tennessee Williams play, will open their 2012-2013 performance season.  The show opens on Thursday, October 4 with performances through Sunday, October 7. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday the curtain goes up at 7:30pm, while Sunday’s performance is a 2 p.m. matinee.  Performances take place in Terence Donaghoe Hall on the Clarke University campus, located at 1550 Clarke Drive, Dubuque, IA.

The Glass Menagerie is often considered the most famous play of the modern period, and Tennessee Williams, America’s most important dramatist.  This “memory” play, which Williams wrote with his own life in mind, is full of tenderness, fragility and compassion.   The four-character play will feature current Clarke students Austin Rea, Carrie Pieper, Adam O’Dell and Clarke alumna Valerie Heitzman (CU 2009).

The Glass Menagerie has generally been treated realistically and performed in its original classic form.  Under the direction of Carol Blitgen, BVM, the Clarke production will introduce some non-traditional stage sets.  This production will also feature an original score, composed by Clarke sophomore, Adam O’Dell.  “There is a freedom at rehearsals and they’re able to try different things,” said Blitgen. “It’s a very positive dynamic.”  As summed by Tia Grap, editor of Clarke’s student newspaper, The Courier, “This is a classic play being done “the Clarke way.”