popular game, “Glass factory,” was brought to Cerritos College Performing Arts Center by Cerritos Drama with a run that ran from October 6-9 and October 13-16.
“Glass factory” is a monumental work by the famous American scribe Tennessee Williams.
Containing strong autobiographical elements, it tells the story of a poor working-class family in the 1930s South and is primarily about how two siblings clash with their histrionic mother.
Narrator Tom (played by David Hodson) yearns to escape his mundane surroundings and his sister Laura (played by Kennedy Geezy) seems to be slowly closing herself off from the outside world, much to the chagrin of their mother Amanda (played by Hannah Leon).
A gentleman calling from Tom’s job at the warehouse (played by Eric Rodriguez) makes a brief but significant appearance just before the play’s conclusion.
The play plunges its characters into emotionally harrowing circumstances and leaves them nearly broken by its conclusion.
Such dramatic material proved to be a draw for Hodson, who found himself relishing the role of the play’s conflicted family man protagonist.
“I think the intensity of the material is what makes it interesting,” Hodson said.
The narrator added, “The heavy themes of family, unfulfilled desires and responsibility explored in the play are what make it a great challenge for the actors and what makes a lasting impression on the audience.”
“David was captivating on stage,” said audience member Isaac Wilcox, “Every time he was in a scene, you were just drawn to him and his presence.”
Like any production, big or small, chemistry proved to be key among the cast.
The young performers found great joy in how the presence of those they shared the stage with fundamentally changed their own acting.
Kennedy Geezy found particular joy in this phenomenon by bringing the afflicted character of Laura to life.
“Each actor brings something different to each role, so it’s always interesting to find the rhythm and energy that they exude and then find your specific way of working with them,” Hodson said.
“You [will] read the text thinking you’ve got it, but then you walk into space with the other actors and suddenly they’re either delivering dialogue to you or making a subtle choice of movement that changes your whole perspective on a scene.
The Drama Department’s take on Tennessee Williams’ work satisfied both actors and audiences.
Cerritos’ drama plans to next tackle Froylán Cabuto’s “I Am Frida Kahlo,” which premieres Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.