Struggling writer Tom (Jomar Tagatac) recalls his overbearing mother Amanda (Susi Damilano) in San Francisco Playhouse's "The Glass Menagerie," performing May 2 - June 15. Photo Credit: Jessica Palopoli

“Glass Menagerie” Comes to San Francisco Playhouse

This spring, San Francisco Playhouse will stage Tennessee Williams’ seminal masterpiece The Glass Menageriedirected by in-demand Bay Area theatre artist Jeffrey Lo.

In this captivating and visceral memory play, Tom longs to evade his monotonous day job and his mother Amanda. Recalling her debutante days, Amanda toils to find a match for her debilitatingly shy daughter Laura, who escapes the realities of her world through her collection of glass animal figurines.

The Glass Menagerie will perform May 2 – June 15, 2024 (opening night: May 8, 2024) at San Francisco Playhouse, 450 Post Street.

For tickets ($30-$125) and more information, the public may visit or call the box office at 415-677-9596.

Based on Williams’ life and family, The Glass Menagerie’s premiered on Broadway in 1945 to critical acclaim, winning the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play.

This stunning and poetic work has enthralled audiences around the world ever since, receiving seven revivals on Broadway. The Glass Menagerie thrust playwright Williams (who would go on to write A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Rose Tattoo) into the spotlight, beginning his trajectory to become one of the foremost playwrights of 20th-century American drama. Los Angeles Times declared, “no point in mincing words: Tennessee Williams is the greatest playwright America has ever produced,” while The Hollywood Reporter lauded Williams’ “unparalleled gift for soaring poetry tethered to penetrating emotional truth.”