"We tried to stay faithful to what the text meant," Brizzell-Bates said. "We explored the script for what it gave us."
"This play is lyrical and has a lot to say," Richards, who is an assistant curator of the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, said. "The story still resonates. It's about a family and relationships, and loss."
"It's a beautiful portrait of a struggling family in the 1930s, Brizzell-Bates said. "It's about people trying to connect, not doing it, and misfiring. Tom is trying to salvage some of his passion, to find his soul, but his sister's life is connected to that soul."
Although it sounds like heavy going, Brizzell-Bates and Richards said there are light moments in the play that was Williams' first successful play.
"We were surprised at how much humor there was in it," Brizzell-Bates said.
Richards and Brizzell-Bates are regulars at Curtain Call Theater.
"It's an intimate theater and a great place to work," Richards, who worked in New York City theater before moving to Albany 20 years ago, said. "The producers give us great opportunities with the shows."
What will audiences like about "The Glass Menagerie?"
"It's about hopes and dreams, and what we are willing to give to get our hopes and dreams," Brizzell-Bates said.
"It will take people to another world," Richards said. "We've got a nice, long run, and the play will get better and deeper."
"The Glass Menagerie" will run until Saturday, Oct. 6. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Curtain Call Theatre is located at 210 Old Loudon Road in Latham.
Tickets are $20 each. Dinner at the Century House plus a ticket to the play is $42. For information or tickets, call 877-7529, or visit www.curtaincalltheatre.com.""