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The Glass Castle
by Jeannette Walls
Performed by
Sarah Franek
Wynn Handman
Wynn Handman
Recommended Ages
13 and up


All Stage Presentations include a 15 minute pre-show interactive discussion, a one hour performance, followed by a 15 minute post-show discussion, and a teacher resource guide. To get more information, or to begin the booking process, please fill out this form.

The Glass Castle / Jeannette Walls

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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.

Live performance of The Glass Castle

This Literature to Life Award winner adapted in 2006 features sixty 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.

The Glass Castle © 2005 by Jeannette Walls
Published by Scribner and used by permission of the author.

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IN THE NEWS: Jeannette Walls talks about The Glass Castle with
Posted by Elizabeth Stone
IN THE NEWS: Jeannette Walls talks about The Glass Castle with

As part of the Writers Center Stage series in Cleveland, OH, Jeannette Walls answered a few questions ahead of her Oct. 26 talk in downtown Cleveland at PlayhouseSquare. She discusses her childhood spent in poverty in West Virginia as well as both her family and the general public’s reactions to her best selling memoir. Please enjoy this interview with The American Place Theatre’s 2007 Literature to Life Award Recipient for The Glass Castle.


The Glass Castle: The One-Woman Show
Posted by Rob Bradshaw

Having Oprah mention your book is nice, but when a New York actor performs parts of your memoir verbatim for thousands of high school students—now that’s pretty fantastic. That’s how Jeannette Walls—whose memoir The Glass Castle (Scribner) has garnered excellent reviews and has one million copies in print in paperback alone—feels about her work being selected for the American Place Theater’s Literature to Life program.


Audience Response

The Glass Castle
"My greatest hope for The Glass Castle was that it would touch the lives of students in the same way that certain books inspired, enlightened or comforted me. Literature to Life is bringing The Glass Castle to classrooms with an intelligence, enthusiasm, and creativity beyond what I would have ever dared dream."

Jeannette Walls,
Author of The Glass Castle

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