A Streetcar Named Desire
Tennessee Williams’ iconic Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece is an exquisite study of the unraveling of Blanche DuBois, a fading southern belle. When she arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister Stella and her brother-in-law Stanley, Blanche is clinging desperately to a persona designed to help her survive. Over the course of one hot, sultry New Orleans summer, Blanche’s fragile facade slowly crumbles as she meets her match in the rough-hewn and hyper masculine Stanley, who is determined to expose her.
Run Time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.
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Note: A Streetcar Named Desire is recommended for ages 14+. Contains mature content and iconic lines like, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” The actors in this production will be using tobacco-free herbal cigarettes, and theatrical haze will also be used. Children under 6 are not permitted at any PCS production.
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PCS received permission from the Williams' estate to use Emily Mann's slightly revised version of the script, which was first presented on Broadway in 2012, featuring black cast members in the leading roles.
Demetrius Grosse and Deidrie Henry from NBC’s Game of Silence will play Blanche and Stanley, joined by two other television regulars: Kristen Adele as Stella and Keith Eric Chappelle as Mitch.
PCS Gets Steamy with A Streetcar Named Desire
"Coleman's production feels more alive in its setting than most, conjuring the noise and activity of the Marigny and the giddy excitement of postwar America. Lit in streaks of blue and gold, the atmosphere feels alive with possibility and danger in a way that feels true in New Orleans even now. ... The only way to make the show steamier would be to turn off the air conditioning ... Williams' masterpiece still has the power to seduce and shock." –The Oregonian
Something Elemental Electrifies Streetcar
“Center Stage and director Chris Coleman create a full-on sensual backdrop (the rich costumes are also by Mercier; glow-amid-the-gloom lighting is by Ann G. Wrightson; nervously textured sound design by Casi Pacilio) for a play that is brilliantly written but also relies on an unseen sense of possibility and dread.” –Oregon ArtsWatch
Theatre at its Finest
"What can I say about Streetcar Named Desire? It is obviously a classic, and deservedly so. It is also the best show of PCS's Season ... The cast is worthy of breathless praise, particularly Demetrius Grosse as Stanley. But, truly all of the cast is spectacular ... This is theatre at its finest. I felt enormously privileged to watch." –The Crippled Critic
Classic, Searing Drama
"The set and costumes by G. W. Mercier are terrific, setting the scenes in a very realistic way in the seamy and steamy street life of the South of over 50 years ago ... The important thing is that this world is believable and the cast and crew appear to have worked hard as a team to achieve this, and they did!" –Dennis Sparks Reviews
Tour de Force Performance
"Great performances by all under PCS Artistic Director Chris Coleman’s precision directing." –Judy Nedry Reviews
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"Enjoyed it so much that I went twice! "
"This was so good! Such a great take on an old favorite."
"SO GOOD. Acting, set design, music, all amazing."
"Absolutely amazing and a real treat for any fans of Game of Silence! Brooding, sexy, provocative - a fully satisfying adventure and a hell of a good way to end the season. Bravo!"
"A great production, all the way around. Portland is lucky to have PCS."
"All the actors were great, really great, including the best Blanche I've seen."
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