Glass Guignol is inspired by the complex relationship between Tennessee Williams and his sister Rose. Framed through Williams's The Two Character Play and interwoven with iconic narratives from many other Williams plays, short stories, and poems, Glass Guignol invites us to explore the constellation of questions this fascinating and troubled writer raises through a kaleidoscope of identities, histories, and secrets. Both metaphoric and literal, Glass Guignol explores the nature of the creative process, its triumphs…and its terrors. Indeed, a puppet version of Mary Shelley, who knows a thing or two about fear and monsters, offers real-time commentary via texting.
Glass Guignol is Lee Breuer's latest work. Breuer's take on classic texts leads us to new understandings of the writers and ourselves. His exploration of Williams and Shelley is further informed by the philosophies of two famous provocateurs: Marcel Duchamp and Alfred Jarry.