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A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

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Writer:
  • psychology
  • new orleans
  • southern
  • class
  • race
  • siblings
  • marriage
  • abuse
  • sexuality
  • shame
  • love
  • mental illness
  • money
  • destitute
  • family


Overview


Synopsis

Explosive, passionate, and heartrending, A Streetcar Named Desire is modern American theatre at its best. When fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois arrives on the doorstep of her sister Stella’s apartment building in New Orleans, she is unwittingly entering a lion’s den. Wounded by romantic abuses, loss, and dangerous mistakes, Blanche prefers her world kept in dim, flattering light, fuzzy at the edges. She is shocked by Stella’s simple existence, her new low-class habits, and most of all, her crude, simple husband, Stanley. Stanley is fierce and unpredictable, moving from violence to softness in an instant, and he and Blanche begin a cruel, sadistic dance that’s only possible end is pain. With his signature poetic prose, muggy Southern Gothic setting, and psychological insight, Tennessee Williams’ mighty play, and his troubled, eccentric heroine, unravel before our very eyes.



Characters

Female

Lead

Spoken

Female

Lead

Spoken

Male

Lead

Spoken



Show Information

Category
Play
Number of Acts:
2 Acts
First Produced:
1947
Genres
Drama
Settings
Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
new orleans, 1940s
Cast Size
medium
Licensor:
Ideal For
lead female, lead male, diverse cast, college/university
Casting Notes:

Includes adult, late teen, young adult characters
Tags:
  • psychology
  • new orleans
  • southern
  • class
  • race
  • siblings
  • marriage
  • abuse
  • sexuality
  • shame
  • love
  • mental illness
  • money
  • destitute
  • family

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