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The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams

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The Glass Menagerie is the play that launched Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams’ career and is among the masterworks of the American stage. Drawn from Williams’ life, this moving play explores the illusory world of dreams and the fragility of hope.

Abandoned by the father of her children, Amanda is obsessed with finding a suitor for her shy and vulnerable daughter, Laura. Tom, the restless and sensitive son who narrates the story, eases his frustrations with nighttime escapes to the movies. At Amanda’s urgings, Tom asks a co-worker to dinner. Can this “gentleman caller” offer any light to these bruised souls clinging to the tattered edges of lost dreams and faded hopes?

Performances Tuesday-Saturday from February 12 - March 05, 2015

Curtain 7:30pm

Ticket Sale starts December 08, 2014

Theater Brett

Münzwardeingasse 2
1060 Wien

Public Transport

U4 Pilgramgasse
Buses 13A, 14A & 57A

Cast

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Amanda Wingfield
Anne Weiner

Anne was born in Klosterneuburg but moved to Sussex, England before her 1st birthday. She started dance classes aged 3, joined the school choir aged 7 and first appeared on stage professionally in the pantomime “Cinderella” (Stevenage, UK) at the age of 15. After stage and ballet training she returned to the continent to perform in pieces as varied as “Jesus Christ Superstar”, “Die Dreigroschenoper” and “Der Freischütz”.

Since returning to Austria she has, among other things, appeared on ORF Television as an actress (“Die Heiße Spur”) and a dancer (“Vorwärts in die Fifties - Die Peter Kraus Show” etc.), played in the ensemble of “Kiss Me Kate” at the Volksoper, danced in the opening of the Wiener Festwochen and sung in the chorus of the Sommerfestspiele in Bad Ischl. As a founding member of The English Lovers, Anne has been performing improvised theatre in Vienna and abroad for around 15 years and has also written and performed numerous comedy sketches for the group. She has been part of the annual charity revue “Musical Mamis” at the Wiener Metropol since the first show in 2005, writing and performing sketches, singing, dancing and improvising. She played Madame Arcati in the benefit production of “Blithe Spirit” directed by Aoife Smyth at Vienna’s Studio Moliere and most recently created the role of Charlotte Andersen in the fully improvised film “Another One Opens”. Earlier this year she played Amanda Wingfield in OHT's production of "The Glass Menagerie".

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Laura Wingfield
Julia C. Thorne

Julia is a bilingual actress. Since graduating from drama school in Hamburg in 2010, she has worked both in English and in German theatre. Previous work includes: Carol in David Mamet's “Oleanna” at Theater Lüneburg, a year on tour with White Horse Theatre (parts included Nancy in “Oliver Twist”) and Sheila Birling in the International Theatre's production of J.B. Priestly's “An Inspector Calls”.

Julia is one of the founding members of Open House Theatre. She has appeared in “A Christmas Carol” (2012 and 2013), “The Collector”, “A Midsummer Night's Dream”, “The Picture of Dorian Gray”, "An Evening Of(f)... and "Romeo & Juliet". She also works as the company's Educational Manager, in which capacity she is responsible for writing the annual children's show (“Dick Whittington and his Cat”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”) and organising workshops and performances in schools.

Julia is Open House Theatre's Educational Manager, as well as one of the founding members of the company.

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Tom Wingfield
Tom Middler

Tom's training at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro finished in 2010, and he graduated from the University of Wales in 2011, before having a successful run in "A Rotten Little Story" at the Edinburgh Festival. His next role was Jeremy, in the BBC2 film Little Man, before heading to Austria to play Jason in "Disconnected", and later Hyde in "Jekyll's Potion" (Vienna's English Theatre).

Back in the UK Tom's credits include Christopher Morcom in the premiere of "To Kill A Machine", Ensemble in a Welsh language production of "Miss Julie" and Prince Charming in "Cinderella". Tom's has also played several Shakespearian roles, including Cassio in Othello (Swansea Grand Theatre), Petruchio in Taming of the Shrew (Tour) and Duke of Clarence/Lord Rivers/Lady Anne/Catesby in an all male Richard III (UK Tour). He has previously appeared in Open House Theatre's production of "The Picture of Dorian Gray".

Tom is Open House's Social Media Representative, as well as a company's ensemble member.

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Alan Burgon

Alan trained at the ‘Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama’; recently renamed ‘Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’. After graduating in 2008 he was granted a yearlong contract with the ‘Dundee Rep Theatre’. His credits there include: Nugget ‘Eqqus’, Ensemble ‘Peer Gynt’, Derek ‘Quelques Fleurs’, Nick ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’, Beast/Prince ‘Beauty and the Beast’, The Recruiter/Young Soldier/Young Peasant ‘Mother Courage’. Since moving to Vienna he has appeared on stage at the International Theatre as: Various roles ‘A Christmas Carol’, Inspector Goole ‘An Inspector Calls’, Greg ‘Relatively Speaking’, Ensemble ‘Mark Twain’s America’. He has also appeared as Dan ‘Butterflies are free' for ‘Vienna’s English Theatre’, and Jason ‘Ordinary Days’ for ‘Vienna Theatre Project.

Film credits include: Orlando ‘Grimm’s Snow White’, ‘The Asylum’.

Alan is Open House Theatre's General Manager, as well as an author and director.



Creative Team

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Director
Victoria Halper

Victoria was born in Toronto and raised in Brampton. Her parents emigrated from Austria to Canada. She studied Theatre and Drama Studies as well as English at the University of Toronto. This highly competitive acting conservatory is a joint program with Sheridan College in Oakville. In 2010, she received an Honours Bachelor of Arts with distinction at the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Acting with High Honours from Sheridan College.

In 2010, she moved to Graz, Austria where she directed "The Importance of Being Earnest" with the Pennyless Players at the Literaturhaus Graz, acted at the Schauspielhaus Graz in "The Turn of the Screw" (directed by: Manuel Czerny), and assisted Ingo Berk's production of "Don Carlos" also at the Schauspielhaus Graz.

In May 2012 she moved to Vienna to start work as an assistant director at the Volkstheater Wien. There she worked with the directors Rupert Henning, Enrico Lübbe, and Katrin Hiller as well as many hard working and well-known actors like Andrea Eckert or Marcello de Nardo. All of these artists have had a profound influence on her work.

2013 took her to Upper Austria, where she founded the bilingual theatre group Theatermenschen. Victoria is the artistic director and directed as well as acted in their 2013/14 production of "Jerry Finnegan's Sister". For the 2014/15 season, Theatermenschen produced the European Mainland Premiere of Hannah Moscovitch's "East of Berlin". Victoria directed the production and plays the role of Sarah. In cooperation with Open House Theatre, this play can be seen in Vienna in February & March. Victoria's largest project in Austria, was directing, producing & cutting the feature film "Kommissar Taler" (Die erste Trauner Krimikomödie) which premiered in October 2014 in Traun.

For Open House Theatre, she has appeared in the Open Minds Play Readings as Kyra in David Hare's "Skylight", Izzy in David-Lindsay-Abaire's "Rabbit Hole" and directed the reading of Neil LaBute's "The Shape of Things".

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Scenic Design
Eric Lomas

Eric is one of Open House Theatre founding members and departed from the company in September 2015 to pursue other matters. Currently he's executive director of Shakespeare in Styria.

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Costume Design
Maria Krebs

Maria has been working as a costume designer and maker for over 12 years. She first started her collaboration with Eric Lomas on a musical adaptation of "A Christmas Carol", where she costumed a cast of 35. Since then, all of Lomas' productions were overseen by her.

Credits elsewhere include "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", "Twelfth Night", "The Taming of the Shrew", "The Merry Wives of Windsor" , "The Tempest" and "Romeo and Juliet" for Shakespeare in Styria, "Nur Ruhe", "Die Papiere des Teufels" (Nestroy) and "Hayfever" (Coward) in Vienna; since its inception, Maria has been Open House Theatre’s resident costume designer and has overseen every production ("A Christmas Carol", Laurel & Hardy", "Dick Whittington", "The Collector", "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", " The Picture of Dorian Gray", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "The Timekeepers", "An Evening Of(f)", "Romeo + Juliet", "The Turn of the Screw", Izzy the Witch", "The Glass Menagerie" and "Hypnosis").

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Costume Design
Jennifer Kobb

Jennifer discovered her love for theatre at university and soon realized she could best put her skills to use backstage. She began her professional career as a Stitcher and Wardrobe Assistant at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where she worked on a wide variety of shows including “A Christmas Carol,” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” and “Hamlet.” During that time, she was also asked to bring her talents to several shows produced by Brown University. She later worked as a Draper and Stitcher at Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, on productions such as “Dreamgirls,” “Xanadu,” and “God of Carnage.”

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Deputy Stage Manager
Gabriel Geber

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Lighting
Andreas Zemann

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Production Manager
Paul Elsbacher

Despite his years, Paul has had a varied career, working for companies such as Telekom Austria AG, Comparex AG and is currently assistant to the management at KBS Kleider Bauer Betriebs-GmbH. He is also studying International Economics in Vienna and has gathered experience working abroad. At Open House, Paul is our Key Accountant and acts as producer of our productions. He liases with our corporate and private sponsors and, during times of performances, works as Front of House Manager.