Cover art by Doug Armstrong

The Glass Mendacity

The Illegitimate Players, Doug Armstrong , Keith Cooper, Maureen Morley

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Tennessee Williams gets the illegitimate treatment as THE GLASS MENDACITY hilariously parodies his work in this “magnolia operetta.”

Production Info

Cast: 6 total (3 female, 3 male)
Full Length Comedy (about 85 minutes)
Minimal Set Requirements
Contemporary Costumes
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Press Quotes

“By combining Williams’s three most celebrated dramas, the authors have come up with plenty of powerhouse material for their irreverent magnolia operetta.” —Sid Smith, Chicago Tribune

“In the twisted world of THE GLASS MENDACITY, the ensemble’s inspired send-up of the characters and crises of Tennessee Williams, the Players deconstruct a funhouse pantheon that riotously hurls together the author’s most outrageous oddballs. Loads and loads of laughs result.” —Lawrence Bommer, Windy City Times

“… the Illegitimate’s GLASS MENDACITY will delight any Williams buff with its nonstop barrage of informed in-jokes.” —Albert Williams, Reader

About the Author


  • The Illegitimate Players

    From the mid-eighties to the mid-nineties, a small group of Chicago Improvisational actors formed a cabaret troupe, forged from the classes of The Second City and invaded a tiny pub on Fullerton Avenue called The Roxy. The result was a decade long love affair with critics and audiences alike. From the very first musical-comedy revue, NEAR NORTHSIDE STORY, the Illegitimate Players proved their staying power. After convincing The Roxy owners to share their back room, converting it into a black box theater, their first revue ran for over a year under the direction of Second City's own Don DePollo. The consistent sell-out audiences prompted Group W Cable to tape the revue for Midwest television broadcast. This endeavor wrangled a Chicago Emmy Award. This taste for telecast was soon followed by video pieces for Chicago WTTW's Image Union program. Also performing semi-regularly on radio's Q101. And thus it had begun. NEAR NORTHSIDE STORY was answered by two other well received revues, OUT ON A WHIM and ILLEGITIMATE PLAYERS LIVE. But already the "IllGits" were branching out. To better finance their endeavors, they incorporated as "The Comedy Option" to write, video, and perform for corporation's rollout and sales meetings. They became regular client's for many Fortune 500 corporations, including First Chicago Bank, Abbot Labs, Boston Mass Mutual ... Their Emmy award brought Group W Cable back to pitch a series for the tri-state area. That offer soon became The Illegitimate Players on TV. A 26-week sketch comedy lambasting the television industry. Along with the live revue, the television show, and the corporate shows, they took on weekly hosting at Chicago's "Catch a Rising Star" downtown. The Illegitimate Players started working in longer form pieces and soon abandoned revue comedy to embark on a string of literary parodies for the legitimate stage. From their first full-length play THE GLASS MENDACITY, it was clear that critics liked what they saw. Their works were published first by Chicago Plays Inc. and currently by Broadway Publishing Inc. These stories live on in productions all over the country and the UK.

  • Doug Armstrong

    Doug Armstrong was a member of Chicago's Illegitimate Players.

  • Keith Cooper

    Keith Cooper was a member of Chicago's Illegitimate Players.

  • Maureen Morley

    Maureen Morley was a member of Chicago's Illegitimate Players.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher BPPI
Publication Date 1/1/2000
Pages 69
ISBN 9780881451757

Special Notes

Special Notes

Licensees are required to include the original stage producers credits in the following form on the title page in all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play and in all advertising in which the full cast appears in size of type not less than ten percent (10%) of the size of the title of the Play:

Originally produced by The Illegitimate Players

The following must appear within all programs distributed in connection with performances of the Play:
The Glass Mendacity is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


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