Adam Markovitz
December 20, 2013 AT 05:00 AM EST

Since his second voyage on the starship Enterprise in Star Trek Into Darkness, Zachary Quinto has spent his fall dazzling audiences on Broadway as Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie — a character whom Spock would no doubt find “highly illogical.” A brooding, depressed dreamer, Tom has given Quinto a chance to show off his emotional agility on stage. More important for the 36-year-old star is the opportunity to bond with the play’s late author, one of Quinto’s favorites. “Tennessee Williams appears in every single character he’s written, but never so much as in Tom. And that’s the biggest gift that I feel playing the role,” Quinto says. “I feel such a sense of connection to him as a person.”

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