FLINT – On Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The Whiting is presenting The Glass Castle, based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Jeannette Walls.
The Glass Castle a unique memoir of survival and resiliency told through the eyes of a young girl. It is the saga of the restless Walls family, led by a crusty eccentric and his volatile artist wife. The author, Jeannette Walls, and her siblings are often left to fend for themselves as the family’s precarious lifestyle necessitates frequently doing “the skedaddle.” Meanwhile, they cherish the vision of “genius” Dad’s creation of a fabulous home, the glass castle.
This Literature to Life Award winner adapted in 2006 features 60 minutes of verbatim performance from the best-selling memoir. From the very first emotionally raw moments of the show where our protagonist sees her mother rifling through a garbage can we are launched into the controversial and complex world of the Wall’s family. The actress plays upwards of seven characters including the alcoholic father, Rex Walls, who the author loves with a fierce loyalty. Through the portrayal of these alternately eccentric and abusive parents, audiences will vacillate between outrage and adoration but will walk away with a sense of the extraordinary strength of our young heroine. Having premiered at the Donnell Library in New York City this piece marked the first contemporary memoir to be adapted for Literature to Life. Surrounded by a pre and post show interactive discussion audiences will explore themes including poverty in America and alcoholism.
All seats are just $30 and student rush tickets are available the day of the performance for $12. To purchase tickets, visit TheWhiting.com, call 810-237-7333 or visit the Ticket Center located at 1241 E. Kearsley St. just off I-475 between the University of Michigan -Flint and Mott Community College. Tickets are also available for purchase at The Whiting’s Downtown Ticket Center at the Flint Farmers’ Market. Smart phone and tablet users can download The Whiting App to make purchases.
This performance is generously supported by The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, The Ruth Mott Foundation, and William J. Hentgen. The official transportation sponsor is Randy Wise Lincoln, and the media sponsors are ABC12, Town Square Media, The View Newspapers.
The Whiting is a member organization of the Flint Cultural Center Corporation and is dedicated to bringing the performing arts to the community. The Whiting is a nonprofit organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer providing programs and services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex or handicap. — G.G.