ROCK HILL, S.C. - After almost 50 years, Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski will meet again on Winthrop's campus in February.
Last performed at Winthrop in 1960, Tennessee Williams’ "A Streetcar Named Desire" – adapted in 1951 into an Oscar-winning film starring Marlon Brando – will run Feb. 17-20 at 8 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 2 p.m. in Johnson Theatre.
Director Russell Luke, instructor of theatre, a longtime fan of Williams’ plays, has directed eight of the playwright’s works, but said that “A Streetcar Named Desire” remains his favorite “for the characters, the language and the dramatic action of the piece.”
Featuring a cast of 13 student performers, the 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the clash between Blanche (Cate Davison of Little Rock, Ark.), a faded Southern belle who leans heavily on her charm and fair looks and reveres tradition, and Stanley (Jay Kistler of Rock Hill), the brutish husband of Blanche’s sister Stella (Bailey Robinson of Kannapolis, N.C.). Student Chris Singleton of Charleston, S.C., stage manager, and faculty members Anna Sartin, scenic and lighting designer, Janet Gray, costume designer, and Biff Edge, technical director, will serve as the production staff.
The major challenge, Luke explained, was competing with “the great images of Marlon Brando film, which is what most people know of this piece” and bringing the “American theatre classic” to the Winthrop campus.
“I think people will be impressed by some wonderful performances from our students,” said Luke. "We had to make it our 'Streetcar,' and I think we did."
Tickets for “A Streetcar Named Desire” are $8 with Winthrop I.D. and $15 for the general public. K-12 school matinee prices will be available.
Call the box office at 803/323-4014 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information.