Philip Dawkins returns to NCTC after acclaimed productions of Le Switch (2017) and The Homosexuals (2014), with a story about the secrets waiting behind closed doors. Two legends. One interview. Plenty of secrets. Before becoming icons of American theatre, Tennessee Williams and William Inge were just two aspiring playwrights sharing a night together, shut away from the world's judgement. As the liquor flows and confessions begin to spill out, these men reveal sides of themselves the public never saw, in all their vulnerabilities, flaws, and triumphs.
In Chicago playwright Phillip Dawkins’ imagined scenario, Tennessee Williams (played by Brennan Pickman-Thoon) and William Inge (Adam Niemann) meet in 1944, before either is the theatrical icon they were to become, to have drinks at Inge’s St. Louis apartment and share deep confidences and “a sexy rendezvous.” The title, of course, refers to a character in Williams’ classic “The Glass Menagerie.” Arturo Catricala directs for New Conservatory.