Fabrice Conte-Williamson is a director, actor, and theatre educator, teaching courses in performance and theatre history at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Fabrice received a Master of Performing Arts from the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, as well as an MFA in Directing and an Interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma Helmerich School of Drama. His primary research focuses on post-modern French dramatic literature and performance theory, the role of literary myth in dramatic literature, and the development of multilingual and cross-cultural theatre movements.

 

From 2007 to 2013 he was Assistant Professor of Theatre and Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts at St. Gregory's University. While teaching at OU, Fabrice served as Chair of the Arts Management and Administration Initiative for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region VI. His favorite directing credits include A Year with Frog and ToadRoberto Zucco, and The Laramie Project.


Contact: contewil@uwp.edu 

Photo Credit: Emil Jraissati

The Glass Menagerie

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Fabrice Conte-Williamson

Live streamed from the Black Box Theatre

Fri, Mar 12  |  10 am
Sat, Mar 13  |  7 pm
Sun, Mar 14  |  2 pm

Amanda Wingfield is a faded, tragic remnant of Southern gentility who lives in poverty in a dingy St. Louis apartment with her son, Tom, and her daughter, Laura. Amanda strives to give meaning and direction to her life and the lives of her children, though her methods are ineffective and irritating. Tom is driven nearly to distraction by his mother's nagging and seeks escape in alcohol and the world of the movies. Laura also lives in her illusions. She is crippled, and this defect, intensified by her mother's anxiety to see her married, has driven her more and more into herself. The crux of the action comes when Tom invites a young man of his acquaintance to take dinner with the family. Jim, the caller, is a nice ordinary fellow who is at once pounced upon by Amanda as a possible husband for Laura. In spite of her crude and obvious efforts to entrap the young man, he and Laura manage to get along very nicely, and momentarily Laura is lifted out of herself into a new world. But this crashes when, toward the end, Jim explains that he is already engaged. The world of illusion that Amanda and Laura have striven to create in order to make life bearable collapses about them. Tom, too, at the end of his tether, at last leaves home. 

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