Photo Flash: Bill Connington, Gayton Scott et al. in THE GLASS MENAGERIE
Bill Connington, star of the award-winning play ZOMBIE, and Gayton Scott, of Broadway's GYPSY (Bernadette Peters/Sam Mendes version) appeared in a special site-specific reading/workshop of THE GLASS MENAGERIE by Tennessee Williams at Vassar College in upstate New York. It took place in the Rose Parlor, in the main building on the famed Seven Sisters campus. Also in the cast are William Connell (INDISCRETIONS) and AnnMarie Benedict (ROBESON).
Check out photos from the reading below!
This special Razors Edge Productions performance of THE GLASS MENAGERIE was site-specific, and took place on Vassar's leafy 1,000-acre property. The Rose Parlor stood in for the Wingfield's St. Louis apartment. The actors and audience sat on period Victorian furniture. The spectators surrounded the performers on three sides, and were invited into the world of the play in an intimate way. There was an audience talk-back after the performance, and one audience member reported that watching the play was "almost voyeuristic"-she felt the experience was so authentic it almost as if she was "in the room" with the Wingfield family. The play is widely viewed as one of Williams' poetic masterpieces, and one of the most memorable plays written in the 20th Century.
Scott, who has been seen on "Law & Order: CI," and in THE WOMEN and PRESENT LAUGHTER on Broadway, joined Connington--of the film THE THORNHILLS OF PARK AVENUE, and the up-coming feature film version of Joyce Carol Oates' award-winning ZOMBIE--in this classic American play by two-time Pulitzer-prize-winning playwright Tennessee Williams.
Helming the special event was director Dan Cordle, director of the feature film POSSESSION, and assistant director, Vassar grad Kelly Van Dilla.
Connington and Van Dilla have worked together before on the short film version of ZOMBIE, which has been screened at 15 film festivals so far, and won 5 awards, including "Best Supporting Actor" for Van Dilla, and "Best Short Screenplay" for Connington, "Best Short Film" and "Best Director" for Tom Caruso. (www.zombiethefilm.com)
For more information on THE GLASS MENAGERIE at Vassar, click here.
Photo credit: Kelley Van Dilla