Mabou Mines Theater, 122 CC,

150 First Avenue,

New York, NY



Tue Nov 28, 2017 – Sat Dec 2, 2017 7:30 pm, Sun Dec 3, 2017 3pm

Friends & Family opening

Tue Dec 5, 2017  7:30 pm  (last press preview)

Benefit Opening night performance

Wed Dec 6, 2017  7:30 pm


Dec 7 – Dec 23 2017: Tue – Sat 7:30 pm, Sun 3pm matinee

Our newest work, Glass Guignol, is inspired by the complex relationship between Tennessee Williams and his sister Rose. Framed through Williams’ “The Two Character Play,” and interwoven with iconic narrative from many other Williams plays, short stories and poems, Glass Guignol invites us to explore the constellation of questions this fascinating and troubled writer raises through a kaleidoscope of identities, histories, and secrets. Both metaphoric and literal, Glass Guignol explores the nature of the creative process, its triumphs…and its terrors.  Indeed, a puppet version of Mary Shelley, who knows a thing or two about fear and monsters, offers real-time commentary via texting.
Glass Guignol is Lee Breuer’s latest work. Since co-founding Mabou Mines’ nearly 50 years ago, he has been delighting, challenging, provoking, and always entertaining audiences all over the world.  Maude Mitchell, Breuer’s collaborator on this work, plays ‘the sister’ and Greg Mehrten is ‘the brother,’ both transforming into characters from several Williams works.   Added to the mix is Breuer’s always surprising take on classic texts that lead us to new understandings of the writers and ourselves.  His exploration of Williams and Shelley is further informed by the philosophies of two of our favorite provacateurs: Marcel Duchamp and Alfred Jarry.





SCENE:  A state theater of a state unknown – just under the Arctic or above the Antarctic Circle.

TIME: Then and now. Before and after the performance.

Felice: The male star of an acting company on tour. He is a playwright as well as a player but you would be likely to take him for a poet with sensibilities perhaps a little deranged…

Clare: She, like her brother, seems related to a past theatre of actor-managers and imperious stars.

The Brother and Sister Play pretends there are such things as “Literary Readymades”. For example, iconic passages of Williams’ dialogue reframed in an unfamiliar context tell a hidden story of his sister Rose.

Fear, creativity – and monsters, within and without…

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



Anonymous Ensemble, A.R.T./New York, Casarotto Ramsay & Associates Limited, The Columbia University Library, Duke University, The Harry Ransom Center, Harvard University, The Houghton Library at The Philoctetes Center, La MaMa Umbria, MASS MoCA, NYCDDC, The NY Public Library for The Performing Arts, Performance Space 122, piece by piece productions, The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, Rockmore Construction, St. Ann’s Warehouse, Sundance Theatre Lab, Wesleyan University, and Yaddo.

Karl Allen, Claudia Balant, Benjamin Bales, Kate Brehm, Barbara Busackino, Lute Breuer, Roger Copeland, Edward Cosla, Rubina Decosta, Jessica Del Vecchio, Martha Elliot, Martha Donaldson, Elizabeth Groth, Susan Haar, Philip Himberg, Kenneth Holditch, Daniel Isaac, Kala Jerzy, Ron Jenkins, David Kaplan, Paul Kandel, Polina Klimovitsky, Mel Kenyon, Karen Kohlhaas, Harold Kooden, Hannah and Jackie Kritzeck, François Lizé, Panny Mayfield, Jody McAuliffe, Jo Mellicker, Tony Micocci, Adam Mitchell, Robert Mitchell, Toni Monaco, Nic Novicki, Abigail Neville and Andres Sousa, Lauren Oppelt, Gwen Ossenfort, Jim O’Quinn, Joe Paizzo, Lily Perdix, Molly Priester, Nick Rapp, Sam Richards Joseph Lark-Riley, Annette Saddik, Luly Santangelo, Jes Scheuer, Jorgen Skjaervold, Joe Stackell, Luke Thorpe, Matt Trucano, Waley Wang, Alison Yerxa, and Mia Yi.

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.