The Glass Menagerie is the play that brought a young Tennessee Williams to national attention when it premiered on Broadway in 1945. More than 70 years later, Williams's most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world. The Glass Menagerie explores the visceral bonds of family. Southern matriarch Amanda frets constantly over her two live-in adult children — the painfully shy Laura and Laura's restless poet brother, Tom. After considerable cajoling, Tom brings home a potential suitor for Laura, but reality soon casts a shadow on Amanda's dreams for both her children.