A Streetcar Named Desire preview

slider-rita-streetcar_1CHYNNA CHUNG | chung009@rangers.uwp.edu

The theatre department at UWParkside is getting set to open its next play, A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams. Hannah Anderson plays Blanche DuBois, who moves with her sister, Stella, played by Lyric Simonson, and her husband, Stanley, played by Shane Richlen. Tension mounts between the characters, which leads up to an explosive climax.

A talented cast

A Streetcar Named Desire is the third production that Professor Brian J. Gill has directed at UWParkside. Professor Gill is very excited about the production and believes that “the entire cast is fantastic, and I’ve got an exceptional Stanley and Blanche. For those who have never experienced Streetcar, I’m excited that these two will be their introduction. For those who know the show, I’m excited to see these two artist’s interpretation of these iconic characters.”

Exciting production elements

In addition to the cast, the show also has some exciting technical elements. Professor Gill informs us that “Williams was one of the ‘creators’ of Selective Realism, meaning that there are places within the play that allow for an increased level of theatricality.  For example, a character’s inner struggle can be heightened and shared through the addition of lighting and sound effects. What they are experiencing internally, the audience is observing not just emotionally but in lighting and sound design.”

Lessons in kindness

A Streetcar Named Desire has a message that is still relevant in today’s society. Professor Gill shares that “much of this play deals with what Williams perceived to be a war of cultures, the old world traditions of etiquette, intellect and tradition represented by Blanche, and the brave new world order of brutish vivacity, immediacy and passion represented by Stanley. I can’t help but feel that we are entering another period where boorishness and aggression combined with an intellectual distrust is eclipsing our abilities to be kind and empathetic. Williams warns against this in Streetcar. Without the ‘kindness of strangers’, we’re on our own.”  

Performance dates and ticket prices

A Streetcar Named Desire  runs March 3rd – March 12th. Performances on March 3, 4, 9, 10 11  begin at 7:30 pm. The performance on March 10th begins at 10:00 and the performance March 12th begins at 2:00pm. All performances are in the Black Box Theatre. General admission tickets are $18, senior & UW-Parkside staff tickets are $14, and student tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased online or you can call the box office at 262.595.2564 to arrange for tickets.

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