Zachary Quinto: Live long, prosper and star in production of ‘Glass Menagerie’

From left, Quinto, Cherry Jones, Celia Keenan-Bolger and Brian J. Smith take a break from rehearsals.‘The Glass Menagerie’ opens Feb. 1 and runs through March 17. For more info visit www.americanrepertorytheater.org

Though he’s best known for playing creepy killers and as the young Spock in J.J.?Abrams’ “Star Trek”?franchise, Zachary Quinto has roots in the theater, and he says it’s his passion, too.

“That’s how I started to find my way into acting as a kid,” says Quinto. “I’m at a point in my life where I have to make good on a promise to myself to return to the thing that matters the most to me.”

He’s achieving that goal this winter in Cambridge, where he has joined the American Repertory Theater’s production of “The Glass Menagerie.”

Quinto says he loves the immediacy and vitality of stage acting.

“It fulfills me in a more substantial way than any experience in film or television can,” he says.

He’s taken the role of Tom, a warehouse worker who dreams of escaping his oppressive mother and fragile sister in Tennessee Williams’ autobiographical play.

“Understanding Tom’s personal journey has been very important to my process,” says Quinto, 35. “Williams was about my age when he wrote the play, so I can really relate to the author.”

The play opened in 1945, and has since cemented its spot in American theatrical history.

“When it premiered, plays weren’t done this way,” explains Quinto. “Tennessee Williams was transcending limitations and doing so in such a staggeringly poetic way, but also in such a relatable and resonant way that it became an instant classic.”

The catharsis of playing a psycho
Quinto’s character in “The Glass Menagerie” is much different from the creepy guys he’s played on TV, like serial murderer Sylar in “Heroes” and psycho Dr. Thredson in “American Horror Story.”
“They certainly have forced me to go places in the human psyche that are uncomfortable,” says Quinto. “I think in some ways it was cathartic, a good outlet to explore those things in myself. That’s the gift of being an actor.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Girl, 10, dies after being pulled from water…

A 10-year-old girl died after being pulled from the waters off Coney Island Beach in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, police said.

News

NY judge throws out lawsuit by Empire State…

A New York state judge has thrown out a lawsuit in which longtime investors in the Empire State Building claimed they were shortchanged out of hundreds of millions of dollars…

Local

Mysterious white flags appear over Brooklyn Bridge

Two white flags mysteriously appeared over the towers of the Brooklyn Bridge yesterday in place of the American flags that are a traditional fixture.

National

Judge sets January start for murder trial of…

By Elizabeth BarberBOSTON (Reuters) - Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be tried in January for the murder of semi-professional football player Odin…

Television

'Pretty Little Liars' recap: Season 5, Episode 7,…

Drunk girls and ghost brownies: here’s your weekly ‘Pretty Little Liars’ recap by way of Q&A. Q: do they really not check for feet under…

Arts

Don't miss 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' at the…

Have you been meaning to see "Charles James: Beyond Fashion"? There are only two weeks left to get to the Met and catch this amazing American fashion designer's collection.

Television

Zac Posen talks 'Project Runway' and what it…

We talked to Zac Posen, judge and designer extraordinaire, about the new season of "Project Runway" and what keeps him coming back after three seasons.

Television

'Face Off' contestant David 'DOC' O'Connell sounds off…

David "DOC" O'Connell tells us about getting cast on Season 7 of Syfy's "Face Off," premiering tonight at 9.

NFL

David Tyree hiring has gay rights advocates angry

Former Giants Super Bowl hero David Tyree will re-join the franchise as its new director of player development.

NFL

Ben McAdoo's new offense has Giants excited to…

Even Tom Coughlin feels he has a lot to learn about offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo’s new offense, which makes the veteran coach very excited.

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead…

MLB Power Rankings: A's, Angels, Dodgers, Brewers lead pack

NFL

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will…

2014 NFL season betting odds: Which team will win Super Bowl?

Tech

Learn Braille with these gloves

U.S. scientists have designed high-tech gloves to help users understand Braille in a matter of minutes.

Home

5 New Ikea products that will change your…

We round-up the latest must-have products.

Food

Recipe: Wolfgang Puck's Buttermilk French Toast

We recently spent some time chatting with restauranteur/celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck at his Wolfgang Puck American Grille in the Borgata in Atlantic City. Puck wanted…

Style

Go retro with your sneakers

The best of wacky new sneakers.