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Wednesday, 28 April 2010 19:14

Oct 09 - Oct 25, 2008

"A Streetcar Named Desire" was written by American playwright Tennessee Williams for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948.

Our production was the first in our new home at the Cameo Theatre on East Colonial Drive in Orlando.

The original play opened on Broadway on December 3, 1947. The Broadway production was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden. For the play, Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In 1951, a film adaptation of the play, directed by Elia Kazan, won several awards, including an Academy Award for Vivien Leigh as Best Actress in the role of Blanche. In 1998, the American Film Institute named it as one of the top 50 films of all-time.

A 1952 ballet production, which was staged at Her Majesty's Theatre in Montreal, featured the music of Alex North, who also composed the music for the film version. In 1995, it was made into an opera with music by Andre Previn and presented by the San Francisco Opera.

Widely considered a landmark play, "Streetcar" deals with a culture clash between two symbolic characters, Blanche DuBois, a pretentious, fading relic of the Old South, and Stanley Kowalski, a rising member of the industrial, urban immigrant class who is married to Blanche's sister Stella.

When Blanche arrives in New Orleans one hot steamy night in 1947 at the home of her sister and her sister's husband, and proceeds to move in, the stage is set for an intense, highly emotional battle between truth and lies, love and lust, friendship and jealousy.

Because of its status as a cultural icon, it has been parodied in dozens of popular television shows and movies, including a fourth season episode of "The Simpsons" entitled "A Streetcar Named Marge."

In 2005, the American Film Institute named Stanley's bellowing "Stelllllaa!" as the 45th most memorable movie quote of all time.

  • Daniel Cooksley
  • Daniel Cooksley
  • Sarah Jane Fridlich
  • Leesa Halstead
  • Roger Greco
  • Erin Brenna
  • David Strauss
  • Kevin Sigman
  • Kimberly Luffman
  • Alex Carroll
  • Desiree Perez
  • Alex Salup
Director: Paul Castaneda