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What is a Memory Play?

The Glass Menagerie is often described as a memory play. Just what does that mean? In the stage directions Tennessee Williams writes “The scene is memory and is therefore nonrealistic. Memory takes a lot of poetic license. It omits some details, others are exaggerated, according to the emotional value of the articles it touches, for […]

Nov 26, 2022

Time Frame of “The Glass Menagerie”

The Glass Menagerie takes place in 1937, during The Great Depression. The Depression had been ongoing for some time and its effects were widespread and deeply felt by the American public. Below are some additional events that were happening … Social Trends:• Popularity of the movies (by 1930, 90,000,000 people attended the movies weekly, including […]

Nov 23, 2022

A Look at Tennessee Williams

Thomas Lanier Williams was born on March 26, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi to parents Cornelius and Edwina Dakin Williams. From an early age, Thomas, often called Tom, felt he did not belong anywhere. His father was often abusive, repeatedly taunting his son as a “sissy boy.” Edwina was a woman desperately holding onto a southern […]

Review: Second play in Jane Austen trilogy provides light holiday fare

By Kathy Allen. Originally published by the Arizona Daily Star. The drama isn’t always upstairs at Pemberley, the elaborate estate where Darcy and his wife Elizabeth live. It’s definitely downstairs, in the servants domain, as well. And that’s where the action takes place in Arizona Theatre Company’s “The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley.” This is the second […]

Nov 11, 2022

Behind the Scenes: Distressing Wickhams Jacket

A couple dashes of sawdust and a few splashes of ale and you’ve got one seriously out of sorts jacket. We asked Resident Costume Designer Kish Finnegan about her process distressing George Wickham’s military coat and here’s what she had to say. “This was a fun one! In theatre we do a lot of ageing […]

Oct 31, 2022

Amber Ruffin & Matthew López Bring Fresh Perspective to Some Like It Hot

NOTE: ATC will present Playwright Matthew Lopez’s The Legend of Georgia McBride in Tucson June 3-24 and in Phoenix June 29-July 16. By Felicia Fitzpatrick. Originally Published on With a number of movie adaptations playing on Broadway over the last decade, the industry has been deep in discourse about the balance of shows that […]

Oct 27, 2022

ATC Partners with Make Way for Books This Holiday Season

During The Wickhams: Christmas at Pemberley, ATC will be collecting new or gently used books for children up to 18 years of age as part of Make Way for Books’ Blue Book House Project. Storybooks (board books, picture books, chapter books) and children’s literature can be dropped off in the lobby during any performance of the […]

Review: Simply Put, THE LION Must Be Seen and Heard at Arizona Theatre Company

Max Alexander-Taylor dazzles with commanding simplicity.By Robert Encila-Celdran. Originally published on If a work of art is inspired by one’s real-life travails, there’s no bigger catalyst for a masterpiece than one’s ruthless fray with desolation and mortality. That’s what we’re privy to in ATC’s one-man musical that launches the company’s 55th season: a stirringly intimate recounting […]

Interview: The Lion Team Talks Arizona Premiere

One-man show comes to Arizona after an acclaimed London stint. by Robert Encila-Celdran. Originally published on Last summer for me was one for the books. I had the good fortune to visit London and absorb the city’s renowned theatre scene — a significant item off the proverbial bucket list. From revered classics at Shakespeare’s Globe to […]

Sep 2, 2022

Q&A with Actor Emily Mohney

For each show, Associate Artistic Director Chanel Bragg highlights a member of the cast or creative team who is not only local to Arizona but exemplifies excellence within their field. There is such incredible talent within our community, and as the state theatre of Arizona, it is part of our mission to showcase that talent. Throughout […]