Berwyn actress will star in ‘The Glass Menagerie’

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‘The Glass Menagerie,’ a play about the stigmas surrounding psychiatric disorders, will feature Berwyn actress, Joanne Dubach.

Dubach will play the role of Laura, the sister of the narrator and main character, Tom. Laura is gentle and kind, although she is struggling with a mental illness. Dubach mentions that although she loves being a part of the production, she does have her concerns with Laura’s character. “I love her, but I don’t love being her. This play discusses a lot of truths about mental illness and the different forms of mental illness,” says Dubach.

The Tennessee Williams classic has been reimagined by director and actor, Hans Fleischmann. In Fleischmann’s version, the setting is present day, and the main character is a homeless man who is struggling with a mental illness. “It’s heartbreaking,” says Fleischmann, “I’ve had people run out of the theater crying. It’s a very emotional experience. It’s so beautiful and painful. It’s magical, wondrous, gritty and real. But there are also very tender moments and humorous moments.”

Dubach attended St. Mary of Celle School in Berwyn before her family moved to Chesterton, Ind. After graduating from Indiana University in 2007, she moved back to Chicago and has worked in the Chicago theater circuit ever since. She is described by Fleischmann as a brilliant actor who perfectly fits the role of Laura. “When Joanne came in to audition, she said three words, and I knew she was Laura,” he said. “She’s everything that I had in mind for the character and more. Her version of Laura is so easy to fall in love with immediately. She’s exceptionally talented and a gift to the show.”

‘The Glass Menagerie,’ hosted by the Hypocrites theater company, will run from Feb. 11 to March 6 at The Den Theater’s Main Stage in Chicago. More information about the performance is available at The Den Theater’s website.

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