The Glass Menagerie 

directed by JOSEPH HAJ

Wurtele Thrust Stage

A poetic memory play

From her cramped St. Louis apartment, Amanda Wingfield dreams of her days as a Southern debutante while worrying about the future of her aimless son Tom and unmarried daughter Laura. With their father absent and the Great Depression in motion, the siblings find comfort in their foibles — alcohol, movies and writing for Tom and a collection of glass animals for Laura — which only heightens Amanda’s anxiety. When a gentleman caller arrives for dinner, the Wingfields are flooded with hope. But it’s unclear if his presence will change things for the better or shatter their fragile illusions.

Three things to know 

  • Considered one of the most significant plays in the American theater canon, The Glass Menagerie premiered on Broadway in 1945 and became an instant commercial and artistic success that established Tennessee Williams’ reputation as a playwright.
  • The Glass Menagerie is the most revived play on Broadway in the last 70 years (followed by Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire). This is the Guthrie’s fifth production.
  • The play and its characters are based on Williams’ life and family. As a young man, he was employed by the International Shoe Company in St. Louis — the same place Tom Wingfield works in the play.

Ticket prices

Prices range from $25 to $79.

Pro tip: Preview performances start at $15 (September 14–19). Hurry, these go quickly! 

Detailed pricing

Content advisory 

This production contains haze and the use of electronic cigarettes.

Run time

Approximately 2 hours, 25 minutes (including intermission)


ASL-interpreted, audio-described and open-captioned performances are available on select dates.

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Venue info

The Glass Menagerie will take place on the Wurtele Thrust Stage.

Pro tip: Can't do stairs or have a special seating request? Call the Box Office for details. 

Play guide

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In the news


"Pure theater magic ... a Glass Menagerie you won't want to miss”

Read the full City Pages review. 


The Glass Menagerie gripped me until the very end” 

Read the full Mpls.St.Paul Magazine review. 


"Filled with sentiment, regret and an enduring hope that burns like the candelabra that flickers at the center of the Wurtele Thrust Stage."

Read the full Star Tribune review. 



Even if your dance card is full, you’ll want to leave room to experience the sheer beauty of this iconic scene between Laura (Carey Cox) and her gentleman caller (Grayson DeJesus).


The Glass Menagerie steps inside Tom Wingfield’s memory to explore the forever themes of love, loss and forgiveness.


Director Joseph Haj shares insight into why Williams’ work still resonates with us 70 years later.  


Carey Cox, Remy Auberjonois and Jennifer Van Dyck in Guthrie Theater's production of The Glass Menagerie. Photo by T Charles Erickson. 

Grayson DeJesus and Carey Cox in Guthrie Theater's production of The Glass Menagerie. Photo by T Charles Erickson. 

Jennifer Van Dyck and Remy Auberjonois in Guthrie Theater's production of The Glass Menagerie. Photo by T Charles Erickson. 

Grayson DeJesus and Jennifer Van Dyck in the Guthrie's production of The Glass Menagerie. Photo by T Charles Erickson. 



Remy Auberjonois

Tom Wingfield

Carey Cox

Laura Wingfield

Grayson Dejesus

Jim O'Connor

Jennifer Van Dyck

Amanda Wingfield

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Tennessee Williams


Joseph Haj


Mikiko Suzuki MacAdams

Scenic Designer

Raquel Barreto

Costume Designer

Christopher Akerlind

Lighting Designer

Darron L West

Sound Designer

Jack Herrick


Carla Steen

Resident Dramaturg

Jill Walmsley Zager

Resident Voice Coach

Maija García

Movement Director

Timothy Markus

Stage Manager

Kathryn Sam Houkom

Assistant Stage Manager

Jennifer Liestman

Resident Casting Director

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