“Glass Guignol” invites the audience down the “ Tennessee William’s rabbit hole” to look at his work as kalidiscope of identities, histories — both personal a fictional – to explore his creative process in literal terms, and abstract and metaphoric terms. Williams’ relationship with his mentally ill sister Rose is viewed through a frame similar to that of “The Two Character Play”.  This “play within the play” intercuts with other plays, characters, short stories and poems  as well as the brother/sister relationship allows us to see, in a non-linear fashion, the constellation of questions Williams was truly exploring.  The characters and their secrets were hidden in a series of Chinese boxes. They are two halves of a whole. In “the play within the play” each of the two lead characters transforms into characters from several other Williams texts.  Both the male lead and the female performers embody both male and female characters. By using the obvious theatrical devices — exchanging wigs and “voices”  – Breuer skews our perceptions and illusions tied to gender identities.

 

Presented by special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee.

 

SPECIAL THANKS TO:

piece by piece productions; The NY Public Library for The Performing Arts; The Houghton Library at Harvard University; The Harry Ransom Center – Austin, Texas; The Columbia University Library; Duke University; The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival; Yaddo; St. Ann’s Warehouse and Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Limited.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, The New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, and the W Trust.