The Hampden-Sydney College Department of Fine Arts spring production, Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, opens on Friday, February 22. This classic American play brings to life the well-known characters of Stella and Stanley Kowalski and Stella's wayward sister, Blanche DuBois. The Hampden-Sydney College production explores their volatile and explosive interactions played out against the background of New Orleans under its more contemporary circumstances.
The plot revolves around Blanche's extended visit to her sister's home. The close-quarter living over a period of several months brings the characters up against each other as their past lives catch up to them and their futures become less clear. The climax devastates one character in particular, but no one is left untouched by these events.
The Hampden-Sydney Fine Arts production portrays the characters as they are each a composite of their individual fears and desires. It is a testament to Tennessee Williams that he was able to create this collection of personalities over 60 years ago and yet they can still be relevant and significant to us as representative of the United States and the world in which we live today.
This is one of the great plays of the 20th Century, and its emotional impact is still highly resonant in the 21st. The cast and staff for A Streetcar Named Desire include Hampden-Sydney College students and faculty, as well as a students from the Fuqua School and other local community members. Set design and technical direction are by Brad Stoller, H-SC Fine Arts Department. Director and Light and Sound Designer, Matthew Dubroff, is in his ninth year as a professor of theatre at Hampden-Sydney College.
Performances are Friday and Saturday, February 22 and 23, and Friday and Saturday, February 29 and March 1, at 8 PM in Johns Auditorium. All shows are free and open to the public. For reservations or information, call (434) 223-6362.