It's been two-and-a-half years since theatre group Girlittlehouse staged its debut play of the same name to critical acclaim for originality. But instead of creating an original script for its second major production, the group - founded by actresses Cat Wong Suet-man and Yeung Sze-man in 2001 - is rehearsing renowned American playwright Tennessee Williams' award-winning classic, The Glass Menagerie. 'I've been involved in quite a lot of original plays over the last couple of years,' Wong says. 'I felt like interpreting a character in a classic play.' The Glass Menagerie, first staged in America in 1944, has been considered by many to be Williams' finest work. It portrays life in a single-parent family in a turbulent era. Shaw Mei-kwan will play controlling mother Amanda Wingfield while Wong will play the crippled and fragile daughter, Laura. Joey Leung Cho-yiu will take on the role of son Tom, the family breadwinner who spends his time dreaming of escape. It is believed the story is based on Williams' family in Mississippi, with Tom mirroring the author's life and experiences during his days in St Louis. 'The characters in [Williams'] play have very extreme personalities. I've been longing to play one of his characters,' says Wong, who admits that Williams is her favourite writer. Wong says that playing the shy and self-conscious Laura is a big challenge for her. 'She is pure and fragile like a doll. It's a big difference compared to my own personality,' says the actress. 'I was resistant to taking on the character at first. I was scared I would lose myself if I embraced the part.' With the help and guidance of director Terence Chang Thomp-kwan, Wong has found a way to connect herself to the character. Chang says that although the script was written in the 1940s, the storyline still has relevance today. 'The story shows a lot about humans' dark side and instincts, which are universal throughout different eras,' he says. The play also depicts problems faced by single-parent families and confused young people, both of which are common in today's society. 'This is a very sad family. They live together, but each of them lives in their own world and they hurt each other,' Wong says. Chang decided to take on the role of director because '[Williams'] plays are not comedies and have no gimmicks - such as violence or sexuality - no other local theatre groups are willing to do his plays, except Hong Kong Repertory'. Wong believes audiences will find something that touches them in the drama. She stopped taking other theatre jobs from November last year to focus on the production. She is also producing a new drama, but without Yeung - her friend and Girlittlehouse co-founder. 'Hatou [Yeung's nickname] is the eldest child in her family and has to worry about her family. She can't do things that are crazy - in her parents' eyes - like I can,' Wong says. The Glass Menagerie will be staged in Cantonese from June 24-27 at Studio Theatre, Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets at $130 with a limited number of $90 seats available for full-time students and senior citizens. For ticketing information, call Urbtix at 2734 9009.