Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play, Black Swan State Theatre Company present their first mainstage production of the year with Tennessee William’s American classic, A Street Car Named Desire.
Blanche, an aging Southern belle, impoverished and alcoholic, escaping lost illusions and faded glory, seeks shelter with her sister, Stella, in New Orleans.
Stella and her husband, Stanley, live and love in a tiny apartment in a poor quarter of New Orleans, where the inhabitants pulse with vitality and sensuality. Blanche’s arrival throws the couple into turmoil when Blanche, the dreamer, and Stanley, the realist, battle each other for Stella’s affections.
When a sexually charged conflict erupts between Stanley and Blanche, it threatens to destroy Blanche’s tenuous grasp on sanity and the very fabric of Stella’s happiness.
Starring multi-award winning Australian actors, Sigrid Thornton (Sea Change) and Nathaniel Dean, and featuring some of Western Australia’s most acclaimed performers, this heartbreaking play will intoxicate you with its raw, dramatic power.
Tennessee Williams was a master playwright of the twentieth century, and his plays A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat On A Hot Tin Roof are considered among the finest of the American stage. At their best, his twenty-five full-length plays combined lyrical intensity, haunting loneliness, and hypnotic violence. Williams is widely considered the greatest Southern playwright and one of the greatest playwrights in the history of American drama.
Director: Kate Cherry Cast: Benj D’Addario, Nathaniel Dean, Callum Fletcher, Luke Hewitt, Michael Loney, Rhoda Lopez, Jo Morris, Sigrid Thornton, Steve Turner, Alison van Reeken, Irma Woods Assistant Director: Lawrie Cullen-Tait Set & Costume Designer: Christina Smith Lighting Designer: Matt Scott Sound Designer/Composer: Ben Collins Movement Coach: Chrissie Parrott Resident Fight Director: Andy Fraser Voice Coach: Melissa Agnew
A Street Car Named Desire
Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre of WA, William Street, Perth
Season: 15 March – 6 April 2014
Bookings: 13 28 49 or online at: www.ticketek.com.au
For more information, visit: www.bsstc.com.au for details.
Image: Sigrid Thornton as Blanche – by Robert Frith (Acorn Photography)