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The cast of 'The Glass Menagerie' perform at UNCW. The cast of 'The Glass Menagerie' perform at UNCW.
Cameron Young plays Tom in UNCW's production of 'The Glass Menagerie.' Cameron Young plays Tom in UNCW's production of 'The Glass Menagerie.'
Lauren Berg plays Laura in UNCW's production of 'The Glass Menagerie.' Lauren Berg plays Laura in UNCW's production of 'The Glass Menagerie.'

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - UNCW students are back at school and back on the stage. To begin their season, the theater students are performing a classic by one of the great southern playwrights.

"It's an emotional roller coaster," said actor Cameron Young.

That's a signature of Tennessee Williams' plays, which tend to focus on family struggles and fragile relationships. The Glass Menagerie is no different.

"There's a stunning message that's provided by the show about how fragile human relationships and love and family is," said actress Lauren Berg.

Life during the Great Depression is difficult for Amanda and her children Laura and Tom.

"Their relationships kind of clash," said Young. "They come from a broken family."

"It's all kind of sub textual in a way because what lies underneath is a lot more important than the action that's happening," said Berg.

"Tom is caged," said Young. "He's kind of got cabin fever going on."

Laura is also caged but somewhat by choice.

"She's anxious a lot of the time," said Berg. "She kind of stays to herself in her own little world. The one thing that really makes her happy is her glass menagerie, her collection of glass, and that's kind of like her alternate reality, how she escapes."

Just as Tom is looking for an escape.

"He doesn't really want to be there, but he has to take care of his mother and sister," said Young. "Throughout the show, he's trying to find a way to support them but also get a little bit of adventure in."

It's a situation many people find themselves in even today.

"Our current time is kind of parallel to the Great Depression in that we still struggle, still many families struggle," said Young. "It's about the failure of the middle class and ironically that's kind of what the big political debate is going on right now, the struggle of the middle class."

Proving why Tennessee Williams' works continue to stand the test of time.

The Glass Menagerie

For tickets, call (910) 962-3500 or click here.

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