UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre Heightens Student Training with Equity Actors & presents THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams, directed by Brent Gibbs, Featuring Maedell Dixon as Amanda


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Approximate run time: 130 minutes • 15-minute intermission • Brent Gibbs, Director • 5206219042 •

Media Photo Call: Wednesday, January 29, 2014 2:30 pm in the Tornabene Theatre

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Tucson, AZ – February 7, 2014

UA’s Arizona Repertory Theatre presents THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams, directed by Brent Gibbs, Featuring Maedell Dixon as Amanda

Using his own life, Tennessee Williams created this exquisite memory play.  Amanda Wingfield is a fading southern belle who is determined to hold her family together in any way she can.  Her son, Tom, struggles to escape both his present and his past, but his love for his wounded sister, Laura, keeps him bound…forever compelled to tell the story of the night she met her gentleman caller.  Filled with the heartbreaking beauty that marks Williams’ best work, The Glass Menagerie remains a compelling and timeless piece of theatre.

“Amanda is one of the great roles of the American theatre,” said Equity actress, Maedell Dixon, who plays Amanda Wingfield in this production. “It is an honor and a privilege to be asked to play her (and a bit daunting).  As an actor and a mother, I hope to bring Amanda’s courage and nobility to the role.”

Amanda Wingfield (Maedell Dixon) with her son, Tom (Paul Thomson), in Arizona Repertory Theatre's 2014 production of The Glass Menagerie.
Amanda Wingfield (Maedell Dixon) with her son, Tom (Paul Thomson), in Arizona Repertory Theatre’s 2014 production of The Glass Menagerie.

Some people may wonder why Arizona Repertory Theatre hires an Equity Actor from time-to-time in its productions.  The answer?  It gives theatre students an invaluable opportunity to work with a card-carrying, Equity professional actor.  It also can enhance a production that demands a more mature role, and helps make a story that much more believable for an audience when the age of the actor actually matches more closely to the age of a character.

Dates & Times:

Previews:  Feb 9 at 1:30pm, Feb 11 at 7:30pm

Evenings:  Feb 12-15, Feb 20-22, Feb 28-Mar 1 at 7:30pm

Matinees:  Feb 16, Feb 22-23, Mar 2 at 1:30pm

Want a little extra culture with your theatre experience?  Attend the free, pre-show discussion on Sunday, February 9 at 12:45pm (see signs in Drama Building for room number).  OR…the free, post-show discussion with the actors on Sunday, February 16, immediately following the performance! 

Place: Tornabene Theatre on the UA campus located near the SE corner of Park Avenue and Speedway Boulevard.

Cost/Admission: Regular $28, Senior/UA Employee/Military $26, Student $19, Preview $17.

Ticket Information: UA Fine Arts Box Office, (520) 621-1162 or or

Parking:  Park Avenue Garage, located on Park Avenue just north of Speedway Blvd.  Pre-paid parking is available for weekday evening performances. Saturday and Sunday there is no charge to park.  If you have special needs for parking, please call UA Parking & Transportation Services at (520) 621-3550. Production Sponsor: Lyn Tornabene

Widescreen Wednesday Screening & Discussion: Wednesday, Feb 19 at 7:00pm – Center for Creative Photography FREE ADMISSION to Widescreen Wednesdays!  First come, first served.  No ticket necessary.  Watch the film adaptation of The Glass Menagerie from 1973 with Katharine Hepburn, Joanna Miles, Michael Moriarty and Sam Waterston. Enjoy a fun discussion about the film and stage versions led by Theatre Professor Emeritus, Harold Dixon. BONUS: See a student film short by Alexis Preston and Rafael Gomez called, Top 10 Places You MUST See in Florida (run time approx 7 minutes). Get your culture on – FREE!

Joanna Miles & Michael Moriarty in The Glass Menagerie, 1973
Joanna Miles & Michael Moriarty in The Glass Menagerie, 1973