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Sally Field calls her 'The Glass Menagerie' matriarch "the female Hamlet"


UPI News Service, 05/05/2017 

Sally Field describes Amanda Wingfield, the character she plays in the Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie," as "the female Hamlet."

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"Amanda Wingfield is one of the great and few, really powerful, classic, American, female roles in literature," the 70-year-old actress said at a New York press event for Tony nominees Wednesday.

"She is sort of the female Hamlet, in a way. Certainly, in that she never stops talking. She is complicated and it is such great literature that it constantly invites interpretation and, certainly, [director] Sam Gold has taken that challenge and has looked at it in a different way. For me ... a 'thrill' becomes almost too lightweight a word. This kind of role, doing this, this way at the Belasco, it really calls upon the 54 years in my life I've worked to be able to do it."

Co-starring Madison Ferris, Joe Mantello and Finn Wittrock, the play follows a financially struggling, former debutante, who is desperate to find a suitor for her painfully shy daughter, while her son works to support them.



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