A Streetcar Named Desire is a play full of poetic images and clashing brutal coarseness, centered on one of theatre's most iconic women, the fading Southern belle, Blanche DuBois, played by Artistic Director, Jaclyn Johnson. Blanche moves in with her sister, Stella and brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski, played by guest artist, Josiah Laubenstein. Marlon Brando played the role of Stanley Kowalski on Broadway from 1947 – 1949 and later received an Academy Award nomination for reprising the role in the 1951 film adaption of A Streetcar Named Desire.
The rest of this creative cast is made up of Rachel Kuhnle, Kimberly Braun, Steven Czajkowki, Abi Leveille, Andrew Bradford Benson, David Holmes, Jerry Kurek, Liz Athas, Elizabeth Albers, Megan Clark and two community actors, Sydney Paredes and Edward Moersfelder.
Directed by Mark Baer, who also served as the Managing Director at Festival Theatre from 2002-05, Baer also directed Festival’s productions of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, To Fool The Eye, Once Upon a Mattress and Man of La Mancha. When asked about A Streetcar Named Desire, Mark says,” Tennessee Williams has more in common with Shakespeare, his words are poetry; characters live very close to the surface. They speak their thoughts and feelings as they feel and think them and that’s what makes watching and performing Tennessee Williams’ plays an intense, emotional experience.” says Baer.
Accompanying Baer’s creative style is the production team of Peter Weber as Stage Manager and Light Design, David Holmes in Scenic Construction, David Markson in Scenic Design, Laura Seed as Properties Designer, Lis Athas as Scenic Dresser, Kim Murphy as Costume Design, and Emma Kravig as Costume Design Assistant.
The production expenses for A Steetcar Named Desire have been underwritten by two Festival Theatre patrons in honor of Jaclyn Johnson and Peter Weber for their tireless work and fierce dedication to the mission and vision of St. Croix Festival Theatre. This show is also being sponsored by Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation.
Tickets for A Streetcar Named Desire can be purchased at festivaltheatre.org, by calling the box office at 715-483-3387 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised that this show contains adult content and situations and may not be suitable for everyone.