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THE GLASSMENAGERIEby Tennessee WilliamsTeacher’sStudyGuideAlive & Aloud • Radio Plays for Learning in the Classroom
Dear Participating Teacher,Winter 1999We are pleased to provide you this Study Guide as part of our educational pro-gramALIVE & ALOUD: Radio Plays for Learning in the Classroom. It isour hope that the enclosures will support your classroom lesson plans for allyour students—wherever they are on the learning continuum. Using the educa-tional materials to prepare the students to listen to the radio play will deepenthe educational value of the theatre experience.For many, Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIEis their favoriteplay of this prolific writer’s canon of literary works. It became Williams’ intro-duction into the world of fame and fortune. With its lyrical and haunting qual-ity this enduring drama portrays the delicacy of family life. Listening to theartistry of the author’s writing and the intimacy of his own family’s story can bean inspiration to young people and a motivation for reading so many of hisother extraordinary plays and novels.You may want to experiment with various approaches to integrating ALIVE &ALOUDinto your lesson plans. Students can listen to the audio plays individ-ually with their own headset, in a group setting or on their own time outside ofclass. You may find that certain Study Guide exercises and activities requiregroup listening in teams of students or with the class as a whole. Dividing theplay into sections to focus on one part at a time can enhance group listening tothe plays.The Study Guide emphasizes the curriculum core subjects of secondary schools.It is organized to pose important questions and to develop significant studyunits inspired by the content of the play. These curriculum ideas are our way ofpromoting academic achievement and enriching the learning process of youngpeople in the classroom.Sincerely,Susan Albert Loewenberg
THE GLASS MENAGERIEby Tennessee WilliamsDirector, Gordon HouseExecutive Producer, Susan Albert LoewenbergAn L.A. Theatre Works/BBC co-production in association with KCRW Santa Monicaand National Public Radio. By arrangement with the University of the South, Sewanee,Tennessee.1996 L.A. Theatre Works. All rights reserved.ALIVE & ALOUD: Radio Plays for Learning in the Classroom, a program of L.A.Theatre Works, is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts andSony Pictures Entertainment.L.A. Theatre Worksis a 25 year-old nonprofit theatre and radio production organiza-tion. We welcome your comments and inquiries regarding the ALIVE & ALOUDrecording and study guide. To reach us or to request a free catalogue of L.A. TheatreWorks plays, novels and short stories available on audio cassette, contact:L.A. Theatre Works681 Venice Blvd., Venice, CA 90291(800) 708-8863fax: (310) 827-4949[email protected]Susan Albert Loewenberg, Producing DirectorStephen Gutwillig, Managing DirectorTamadhur Al-Aqeel, Program AssociateKeren Goldberg, ALIVE & ALOUD