Iowa State University Theatre's production of "A Streetcar Named Desire" opens March 28 and runs through the weekend. It's a Tennessee Williams' play about Blanche DuBois, a woman of refinement, who lives in a dream world, visits her sister, Stella, and her brother-in-law, Stanley, in New Orleans. Stanley is a man of passion and instinct. The conflict between the two has the potential to destroy one or both of them.
ISU Theatre's production features collaboration between Jennifer Drinkwater from the College of Design; ISU Theatre's resident scenic designer, Rob Sunderman; technical director, Derek Hisek; student designers and scenic painters to create murals and billboards for the New Orleans site of the play. Also featured is jazz music arranged and composed by Mike Giles of the Music Department, performed onstage by a band made up of Giles' students.
"A Streetcar Named Desire" is one of those rare scripts in the American theatre that has the same power and impact as when it first appeared almost 60 years ago.
Featured in the leading roles are Drew McCubbin, of Manson, as Stanley Kowalski, Elizabeth Thompson, of West Des Moines, as Stella Kowalski, and Annie Feenstra, of Sioux City, as Blanche DuBois. Chris Grim, of Radcliffe, will be in the ensemble.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. March 28 through 30 and a 2 p.m. on March 31 at the Fisher Theater on the ISU campus in Ames. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $8 for students. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, the Iowa State Center Ticket Office in Stephens Auditorium or at the door. For more information go to www.theatre.iastate.edu, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 515-294-2624.