To Find What Was Lost

I just got done listening to a radio drama version of Tennessee Williams’ THE GLASS MENAGERIE. This version a 1951 THEATER GUILD ON THE AIR live radio production, as all radio back then was live, starring Helen Hays and Montgomery Clift is well performed if a little too heavy on the humor. I saw Malkovich’s version of it on TV a few years ago, and that captured it. A sense of… longing and loss.

But even on this radio version there’s that great final monologue. And that fantastic line…

“I descended the steps of this fire escape for a last time and followed, from then on, in my father’s footsteps, attempting to find in motion what was lost in space.”

Attempting to find in motion what was lost in space.

That line haunted me when I first heard it.

It haunts me still.