The Glass Menagerie Actor Spotlight: Hanni Muerdter (LAURA)

The Glass Menagerie
Photo by Rob Storrs. Copyright 2015 Rob Storrs
Q – Why did you audition for The Glass Menagerie?  
A – I first saw The Glass Menagerie when I was about 12 years old.  I remember finding this show hauntingly beautiful.  As an introspective adolescent, I connected with Laura.  As the play opens, Laura’s adult character is in many ways a young, fragile adolescent, even though she is very perceptive and leads a rich inner life.  As an actor, it is a treat to explore how Laura navigates this very active internal world with her external demands and how she evolves over the course of the play as she is forced to push those external boundaries.

Q – What shows might people have seen you in before? 

A – Most recently, I’ve performed at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre’s Feichter Studio as Agnes in Agnes of God and Nessa in Shining City.  Before that, I was on a long break from acting while I explored other life adventures.  This is my first show at Parkway and I’m very glad to be here working with this cast and crew.

Q – What is a typical day like for you?  

A – I work for the area’s local non-profit land trust, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.  We work with landowners to protect habitat, farmland, and scenic views from the Highlands of Roan north of Bakersville down to the Tuckasegee.  My job is to take care of the land that is conserved, which involves a lot of hiking and visits to some beautiful places in these mountains.  I also enjoy playing soccer, dancing, and walking around my neighborhood in Asheville.

Q – What is your favorite line from the show?

A – Amanda has a number of amazing sugary yet biting lines.  As a shy character, Laura’s lines are mostly reactionary answers to other people’s questions; however, when she talks about things she loves – her glass collection, her solitary walks, or other magical, special places, she is descriptive and quite eloquent.  As she grows, she shares some beautifully perceptive thoughts about her glass collection (and herself) as it, too, evolves over the course of the show.

Q – How is The Glass Menagerie different than most plays?  

A – You can spend a lot of time turning over this show, always seeing new things — it is a classic for a reason.  Perhaps because it is based on his own life, Tennessee Williams captures many intricacies of family life and characters that seem very real and true.  He speaks of living as an individual, as well as being a member of a family unit and the tension, love, internal struggle and outward conflict that can live in all of that.

Q – What’s the #1 reason someone should see this show?  

A – This show should be a treat — rich on character, story, family dynamics — all of which seem to ring true to many different kinds of people and life stories.  Likely anyone who sees it will find something to connect to, to think about, to empathize with.

Come see Hanni and the rest of the cast of The Glass Menagerie at Parkway Playhouse September 19th-October 3rd!

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Parkway Playhouse, located in the Appalachian town of Burnsville, NC, is a haven of theatre talent. While people come to the mountains to get away, Parkway Playhouse is a natural gathering place to connect. Likewise, we are an extension of traditional mountain talents: singing, dancing, and, foremost, storytelling. By giving rise to energetic new voices and through a wide variety of plays and musicals, we invite our audience into experiences that are thought-provoking, adventurous, and entertaining. Together we reimagine the world in every live performance, creating dynamic conversations that last far beyond the curtain call. This blog is will feature stories, helpful information, insight and features about the performances.

One thought on “The Glass Menagerie Actor Spotlight: Hanni Muerdter (LAURA)”

  1. Hanni, looking forward to seeing your portrayal of Laura at tomorrow’s matinee

    Coming with Kent,Catherine,& Joyce H


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