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Setting the Scene

The Show
Written in 1947 by American playwright Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire debuted on Broadway on December 3, 1947 and ran until closing on December 17, 1949. Elia Kazan directed the Broadway production and Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Jessica Tandy, and Karl Malden starred as the original cast. In 1948, Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set in New Orleans, the show kicks off when aging and mentally unstable Blanche DuBois arrives at her sister Stella's apartment and is thrust into the dysfunctions of Stella's marriage to her husband Stanley Kowalski. Tension picks up through the plot as the characters spiral toward a tragic conclusion. The play was adapted into a film in 1951 and starred several members of the original Broadway cast, including Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, and Karl Malden, and Gone With the Wind star Vivien Leigh portrayed Blanche. The film won several Academy and Oscar Awards.

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The Masque


Theatre and Performance Studies


Producer's Corner

Welcome to the Masque of La Salle's Production of A Streetcar Named Desire. We are excited and proud to end the 2012-2013 season by bringing La Salle to 1940s New Orleans. We would like everyone to walk away from this show screaming "STELLLLLLAAAAAAAAA!"

A Streetcar Named Desire has offered us the opportunity to work once again with T.J. Sokso, the director of La Salle's production of Urinetown and The Drowsy Chaperone. We are grateful for all of his work, time, effort, patience, and creativity throughout this production.

Our gratitude and appreciation go out to all that have a role in making this production possible: Administration Services, University Advancement, The Dean of Students Office, Physical Facilities, the Programming Center, University of the Arts, and Multimedia Services. The Executive Board would also like to personally thank our advisor, Dawn Wanner, for her support of, pride in, and dedication to this production.

Thank you for your attendance today and enjoy the show!

Dionna Clanton
Producer and President

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A Streetcar Named Desire