Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Quote a Day: Day 3 -- The Glass Menagerie

I love Tennessee Williams' plays. And short stories. The Glass Menagerie is one I fell in love with many years ago. There's a version out there with John Malkovich and Joanne Woodward...I wish they'd put it on DVD, it's lovely.

Anyway, from The Glass Menagerie....

"I know I seem dreamy, but inside -- well, I'm boiling! Whenever I pick up a shoe, I shudder a little thinking how short life is and what I am doing! Whatever that means, I know it doesn't mean shoes-- except as something to wear on a traveler's feet!"

You know, I used to really love to read plays. I love Arthur Miller's plays as well, and the plays of Ionesco. I really should spend more time reading plays. Life is just so so so so short. (see above quote)



Unknown said...

I do love plays but I feel that somehow I can't find anything written nowadays that even comperes to 'Death of a Salesman' or 'Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf'.

bermudaonion said...

A Glass Menagerie brings back memories of high school to me.

euphrony said...

I'm not a big believer in reading plays - I think you really miss something in just reading that can only be conveyed in the seeing of the play acted out. Plays are written to be seen, not read, and you lose something in the reading because of that particular writing method. One exception was George Bernard Shaw - he actually wrote most of his plays with no intention of ever having them performed (odd). Mrs. E teaches an intro to theater class and has them do a script analysis on "The Glass Menagerie" every year. One memory I have of seeing it performed was the first Friday after 9-11; we went to see it at the Alley Theatre here in Houston, and the actors revealed a little of their inner turmoil at the curtain call when they asked the audience to pray for all their friend in NYC.

Now to brag a little. Lilly mentioned "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf" - I've met Edward Albee, on a couple of occasions. Mrs. E worked with him on some projects in grad school and I got to meet him at the plays and at an after show party. (Bragging over.)

Erika Powell said...

i like that quote and i really like plays too. its the remnants of being a drama geek in high school (ok, and college too)

Melissa said...

I love going to the theater and watching plays, but have never read any.

Ana S. said...

Oh, I like that a lot. I've never read anything by Tennessee Williams, and I know I really should do something about that. I don't read drama very often, but there are a couple of plays I really love.

Amy said...

Lilly...true, I haven't read many modern plays.

Kathy..me too, ha.

Euphrony...I prefer to see plays but it's actually not always possible to get the chance. I do hope to go see one this weekend. Seeing the Crucible performed was a very powerful experience. And awesome about Edward Albee!

Erika..ah yes, the memories!

Melissa...you should try reading one! This one in fact!

Nymeth..I think you'd enjoy Tennessee Williams. I also don't read drama much lately. I wish I had the opportunity to see it performed more often.

Lenore Appelhans said...

I was really into plays in HS. I loved Ibsen in particular. Have you read Hedda Gabler or A Doll's House?

Jenny Girl said...

Sweetie, it certainly is too short! That's why we have to try and be true to ourselves, and enjoy the little things.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Lenore, Ibsen! A group of my friends and I read *A Doll's House* then went to see a (bizarre) new interpretation of it. This was a few years ago; I hadn't read a play in ages.

Amy, I used to love to read them too. In high school (!) there was a small periodical of plays and dramatic readings that I always borrowed when a new issue arrived.

Did you get out to the play you were hoping to see over the weekend?

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