The Glass Menagerie

Ms. Poole & Mrs. Kalb's Class

QUICKWRITE: Think about a time in your life when you felt helpless and write about the experience.

GROUP ACTION: Working in groups at your table, fill out the character analysis graphic organizer.

INDEPENDENT ASSIGNMENT: In the comment stream below, answer the following question:

If you were the casting director for a film production of The Glass Menagerie, what actor and actress would you cast to play Tom and Amanda, and why?

Eddie Dowling in the stage production The Glass Menagerie. IMAGE ID: 5116787,

Comment Stream

3 years ago

I would cast Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey, Dowager Countess) as Amanda because even though the Countess is infinitely more likable than Amanda, I believe Maggie Smith could give Amanda a more controlled anger that would be interesting to compare to Katherine Hepburn's animated performance. I would cast Kevin Spacey (House of Cards, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) as Tom because his portrayal of Frank on House of Cards demonstrates his ability to break the fourth wall while still being believable.

3 years ago

I think Shirley McClane could play the part of Amanda. Her typically sour attitude and southern demeanor as Ouiser in Steel Magnolias reflects the characteristics of Amanda. I would cast Joaquin Phoenix as Tom. I think his portrayal and swagger of Johnny Cash in Walk the Line mirrors the attitudes of Tom, as well as Tom's depiction of a dreamer.