Theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire @ The Purple Rose

Theatre: A Streetcar Named Desire @ The Purple Rose

The Purple Rose Theatre Company is proud to announce their production of the American classic A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams this winter. The production will enjoy a limited nine-week engagement from Thursday, January 22 through Saturday, March 21, 2009.

Eight low-price previews of A Streetcar Named Desire will be performed from Thursday, January 22, through Thursday, January 29, with the Press Opening on Friday, January 30, 2009. Regular performances for the duration of the engagement are Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 pm with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 3:00 pm and Sunday matinees at 2:00 pm. All performances are held at The Purple Rose Theatre Company, 137 Park Street, Chelsea, Michigan 48118.

Set in steamy New Orleans following World War II, A Streetcar Named Desire tells the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile woman desperately seeking a place to call her own. Blanche sashays into the home of her sister, Stella, and her volatile husband, Stanley, interrupting the careful balance of their turbulent marriage. The passionate conflict between these three struggling souls provides a thrilling emotional climax not to be missed.

A Streetcar Named Desire earned playwright Tennessee Williams his first Pulitzer Prize in 1948. The original Broadway production was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Marlon Brando and Jessica Tandy. When Kazan directed the iconic film adaptation in 1951, Jessica Tandy (despite receiving the premiere’s only Tony Award for Best Actress) was replaced in the role of Blanche by Vivian Leigh, star of the 1949 London stage production. Several high-profile revivals of the play have been staged since the premiere, including the Lincoln Center production in 1973 starring Rosemary Harris and James Farentino and the 1992 revival at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre starring Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin.

“We’re excited and grateful to present the ‘purple’ version of this great American classic, to dust off an old play and make it live in a new and dynamic way that honors the play and says something about who we are as a company,” says PRTC artistic director Guy Sanville. “We hope people will take us up on the rare chance to see what many believe is the greatest American play in a professional venue.”

Under the direction of Sanville, the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire features PRTC resident artist Michelle Mountain (Grass Lake, MI) as Blanche, PRTC associate artist Matthew David (Flint, MI) as Stanley, and PRTC associate artist Charlyn Swarthout (Chicago, IL) as Stella, with a supporting cast including Rhonda Freya English (Southfield, MI), PRTC associate artist Stacie Hadgikosti (Roseville, MI), PRTC resident artist Grant R. Krause (Detroit, MI), Hugh Maguire (Ann Arbor, MI), PRTC associate artist Qarie Marshall (Toledo, OH), Tristan Peach (Tawas City, MI), PRTC resident artist Phil Powers (Chelsea, MI), and PRTC associate artist Rhiannon Ragland (Flint, MI).

Where: Purple Rose Theatre, Chelsea
When: See schedule for details
Tix: $12.50-$38.00
www.purplerosetheatre.org