A new Albany-based theater company called NorthEast Theatre Ensemble premieres “The Glass Menagerie” on Black Friday at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre, 500 Western Ave., Albany, NY.
Tennessee Williams’s first major play to appear on Broadway, “The Glass Menagerie” is an autobiographical work. It deals with personal and societal problems: the isolation of those who are outsiders for one reason or another, the hardships faced by single mothers, the difficulties a disability may create for a family, and the struggle of a young artist to begin his career.
It’s been produced for the stage and screen starring such luminaries as Katherine Hepburn, Kirk Douglas and John Malkovich.
The Albany production runs for two weekends: November 27, 28 at 8 p.m., Nov. 29 at 3 p.m., Dec. 4, 5 at 8 p.m and Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. and stars Janet Hurley Kimlicko, Joe Plock, Jacqueline Donnaruma and Sean T. Baldwin. Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. To reserve your seat call 518-483-5503.
The following is a Q&A with actor/director/educator Janet Hurley Kimlicko who founded the new NorthEast Theatre Company in Albany. The company is based at the Steamer No. 10 Theatre at 500 Western Ave, Albany, NY, Janet is an actress known for Sticks & Stones (2006), Legend of the Angel of Love, Wedding Peach (1995) and Eve’s Necklace (2010). click here
Why are you starting a new theater company in the Capital Region?
To create work for myself and others. Being Equity up here makes finding work a challenge. There is not a lot going on and all I hear is: “You have to create your own stuff.” So that’s what I did. There is only one union theater in Albany so it would be great if the NorthEast Theatre Ensemble could get to the place of employing union and non union actors alike.
Any other reason?
I also want to create truth on stage. There is something so special and memorable about an audience and a cast sharing a moment of absolute truth onstage, taking that journey of the evening together. It truly is magic when it happens. Movies are one thing, we all enjoy them, but the shared experience of something good on a live stage is precious. I want to help create that for our actors and our audiences.
What will be different about the NorthEast Theatre Ensemble (NETE)?
NETE is an ensemble group. We all have a hand in directing a show, choosing props, costumes, set pieces. We work together to make it happen.
How do you start a theater?
Find good people with similar views and go from there, and ask EVERYONE you know who has a theater how they did it.
Why did you choose this classic as the first for the company?
We love Tennessee Williams. We love the musicality of his words; he knows how to write women. This is the second show and our first was “Hedda Gabler.” The Glass Menagerie is so beautifully layered and the characters are so intriguing. They are timeless. The struggles of each are just as valid today as they were back in 1937 when the play is set.
Will Steamer No. 10 Theatre be the home of the NorthEast Theatre Ensemble?
Yes, it’s a non-profit, theater that produces and presents shows for children and families, and touring to schools and theaters throughout the Northeast so it’s a perfect fit.
Located in Albany, NY, Steamer No. 10 Theatre presents a variety of live stage and music productions, including children’s theater, Eclectic Performance Series, Vacation Daze, Theater Voices, and Too Deep Entertainment.