ALL ABOARD: ‘STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE’
ROLLS INTO UH
Few 20th century stage productions have ascended to the iconic
status of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Since its debut
in 1947, the gripping tale of three characters on an emotional collision
course has intrigued theater-goers. Now, the University of Houston
School of Theatre & Dance presents Tennessee Williams’
Pulitzer Prize-winning classic.
The play will run Feb. 16 -17 and 23- 25 in the Lyndall Finley
Wortham Theatre located in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for
the Arts at UH.
The play tells the story of fading southern belle Blanche DuBois,
who visits her sister Stella in New Orleans. Blanche’s yearning
for the once romantic, magical South is in stark contrast to the
simplistic, working class lifestyle represented by Stella’s
oppressive husband, Stanley Kowalski. The clash between Blanche’s
escapist fantasies and Stanley’s often brutish demeanor begins
to boil. Meanwhile, Stella must contend with the oncoming consequences
of this conflict.
“This play places volatile characters in a confined environment,”
said Brian Byrnes, the play’s director and associate professor
of theater. “This creates the tension, the drama and the powder
keg of what the play becomes.”
The New Orleans setting is enhanced by a set that Byrnes says captures
the decrepit feel of the Kowalskis’ meager living space but
still offers a spectacular backdrop for these characters.
“It’s a very dramatic set,” he said. “The
story takes place off the French Quarter in the shabbier part of
town, but this set presents a wonderful cityscape that extends beyond
the playing space itself.”
General admission tickets are $15; $12 for UH faculty, staff and
alumni; $10 for seniors or groups of 10 or more; and $7 for students.
Ticket information can be obtained by calling the Wortham Theatre
box office at 713-743-2929. For more information about the UH School
of Theatre & Dance, visit the Web site http://www.class.uh.edu/theatre/home.html.
|| “A Streetcar
||8 p.m., Feb. 16, 17, 23, 24; 2 p.m.
||Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for
the Arts/Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre
University of Houston – Entrance 16
Houston, TX 77204
||University of Houston School of
Theatre & Dance
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