Tennessee Williams was born in 1911 in New Orleans, LA, into a family with a complex, often violent dynamic. He followed his father into the shoe factory business, where he met a man named Stanley Kowalski, after whom the famed character in A Streetcar Named Desire was named. As longtime collaborator and Streetcar’s first director, Elia Kazan, stated, “Everything in [Williams’] life is in his plays, and everything in his plays is in his life.” Streetcar opened on Broadway at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on December 3, 1947. The cast included Jessica Tandy (Blanche), Marlon Brando (Stanley),

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