After an acclaimed run as adventurous tween Molly in Broadway's Peter and the Starcatcher, Celia Keenan-Bolger is excited to grow up for her next role. The two-time Tony nominee will take on painfully shy dreamer Laura Wingfield in American Repertory Theater's upcoming revival of The Glass Menagerie, opposite Cherry Jones as Amanda Wingfield, Zachary Quinto as Tom Wingfield and Brian J. Smith as Jim O'Connor (a.k.a. the Gentleman Caller).
“She’s so different from anything I’ve gotten to do this year, and quite honestly, from anything I’ve ever done,” Keenan-Bolger told Broadway.com of the fragile Laura. While the actress is known for being incredibly close with her own famous family, she is eager to step into Tennessee Williams' dysfunctional stage clan. Tony winner Cherry Jones “has been a hero of mine for so long,” she said. "Honestly if I had been [cast as] like 'second banana to the right' I would have said, ‘Sign me up!’"
As for Star Trek hunk Quinto, who will play Laura's unhappy brother, Keenan-Bolger says, “We’ve hung out socially, but I've never worked with him. When I got the part, I got this really nice message from him saying, ‘This is going to be amazing! We’re all going to be in Boston together!’ He’s so talented. So, it’s sort of a dreamy group of people to get to hang out with.”
Keenan-Bolger was drawn to the project not only because of her co-stars, but also due to the play’s poignant subject matter. “I just love getting to explore the roles that people fall into in the family dynamic,” Keenan-Bolger said, “particularly a mother-daughter relationship. I read the play and had such a different experience [from previous times reading it]. It was even more beautiful and heartbreaking than I remember. It’s unbelievably beautiful.”
Directed by John Tiffany, The Glass Menagerie begins performances on February 2, 2013 at Cambridge's Loeb Drama Center.