Theater students take on "A Streetcar Named Desire"

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By: Maura Driscoll '15

The Department of Theater and Dance will open their production of “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Directed by Patricia Culbert, senior artist-in-residence, the show will run until Nov. 8 with performances beginning at 7:30 p.m., and two matinees on Nov. 8 and 9 at 2 p.m.

First performed in 1947 on Broadway, Williams won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948 for his work. “Streetcar” tells the story of Blanche DuBois, played by Elizabeth Magas ’15, a former school teacher struggling to maintain her hold on reality, who moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski, played by Rose Dumbrique ’16, to the frustration of her husband, Stanley Kowalski, played by William Balta ’16.

Characterized as “brutal,” desire is the main theme of the play. “This is a tragedy for all of the characters,” Culbert said. “No one wins in the end.”

“’Streetcar’ is a wonderful show about the turmoil of the Southern belle in 1947; it is an emotional roller coaster,” Sarang Sharma ’15, who plays Steve Hubbell, said. “Patsy is doing some really cool things by having the cast use a New Orleans accent.”

Ben Krevalin ’15, who plays Harold Mitchell, echoed Sharma’s sentiments. “Patsy has put her heart and soul into this production, and I know the final product will be a huge success,” he said.

For tickets, contact the box office at (518) 388-6545, and for more information, click here.