MESSAGE FROM MARK FARROW - Chairman
Dear Members and Friends,
Goodness, gracious me, who would have thought six months ago that we would have found ourselves, and the world, living in such different and challenging times.
PEMADS has, since its very beginning, seen wars, embargoes, financial hardship and now a worldwide pandemic. Survive and triumph we shall, for one chief reason - love. We at PEMADS, and you our audiences, have always had one thing in common, the love of theater, and this will give us the strength to forge ahead and overcome any obstacle, great or small.
So, what are PEMADS doing? Performance-wise, we are unfortunately unable to do anything for the rest of this year, but this has not stopped us from planning some exciting productions for next year. We have two confirmed productions lined up, both happening in the first half of 2021.
First off, the multiple award-winning drama, The Glass Menagerie, Directed by Robin Williams, and with a superb cast, this production promises to be yet another masterpiece.
Shortly afterwards, from the creators of Sinbad, PEMADS will present Alice in Wonderland, the Pantomime, directed by Leslie Speyers.
While the Pantomime is traditionally an end-of-year treat, we couldn't bear the thought of having to wait till the end of 2021, but fear not, yet another Pantomime will be performed at that time giving you two Pantomimes in one year. All current memberships will be carried forward for the upcoming theatrical year.
While we at PEMADS are saddened by the fact that we cannot presently share our passion with you in person, we are excited about our upcoming theatrical year and seeing you, our audience, sitting in our theater enjoying some fine entertainment.
On behalf of the PEMADS Committee.
The Glass Menagerie - by Tennesee Williams
Premiered 75 Years Ago on Broadway at the Playhouse Theatre in March 1945 under the direction of Eddie Dowling.
Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted out of herself into a new world. But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home.
To be directed by: Robin Williams
Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals Ltd. on behalf of Samuel French Ltd. www.concordtheatricals.co.uk