"Tennessee Williams' play tears away the veils and masks to get to the heart of these characters. Which is exactly what you might say is a hallmark of Liv Ullmann's work (as both an actor and a director)." –Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton, Artistic Directors 

Sydney Theatre Company and UBS Investment Bank present

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

By Tennessee Williams

Director Liv Ullmann
Set Designer Ralph Myers
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Lighting Designer Nick Schlieper
Sound Designer Paul Charlier
Assistant to the Director Einar Bjorge

Cate Blanchett, Michael Denkha, Joel Edgerton, Elaine Hudson, Gertraud Ingeborg, Morgan David Jones, Russell Kiefel, Jason Klarwein, Mandy McElhinney, Robin McLeavy, Tim Richards, Sara Zwangobani and musician Alan John

A Streetcar Named Desire*
By Tennessee Williams

Downtown New Orleans.  Blanche DuBois: a Southern Belle, a fading beauty, a passionate, fragile thing.

And she really is in the wrong place. All her respectability, politenesses and old-fashioned Southern airs and graces provoke the disdain of her sister Stella's husband. Stanley is a rough, modern man with a coarse sense of humour, no interest in manners and a wild streak.

Her flirting, primping and needy behaviour fix Stanley's determination to break Blanche and all she stands for. And then she wins the heart of his poker buddy, Mitch.

A Streetcar Named Desire is a compelling and sensuous play which features some of the most memorable characters in theatrical history.  The battle between Blanche and Stanley comes to embody nothing less than the battle between tradition and progress itself.  The quasi-aristocratic world of plantations, mint juleps and poetry at dusk going head to head with the emerging urban, industrial uberlith of the all-beer, all-poker New America.

 

* U.S. dates: Washington D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, October 29-November 21; and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, November 27-December 20.

 

 

Sydney Theatre Company: http://www.sydneytheatre.com.au/2009/astreetcarnameddesire

Sydney Theatre Company, as the premier theatre company in Australia, has been a major force in Australian drama since its establishment in 1978. The company presents an annual twelve-play program at its home base The Wharf, on Sydney's harbour at Walsh Bay, the nearby Sydney Theatre, which STC also manages, and as the resident theatre company of the Sydney Opera House. Current Artistic Directors, Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton joined the Company at the beginning of 2008.

Sydney Theatre Company offers Sydney audiences an eclectic program of Australian plays, lively interpretations of the classic repertoire and the best of new international writing. It seeks to produce theatre of the highest standard that consistently illuminates, entertains and challenges. It is committed to the engagement between the imagination of its artists and its audiences and the development of the theatrical art-form. As the state theatre company of NSW, it also produces a significant education program for schools and in its studio space produces work devised by, and for, developing artists, originating in 1987 with Baz Lurhmann's Six Years Old and, in its current identity, as Next Stage. The Company reaches beyond its home state, touring productions throughout Australia and internationally. It plays annually to audiences in excess of 300,000.

STC actively fosters relationships and collaborations with international artists and companies. Renowned directors Michael Blakemore, Max Stafford-Clark, Howard Davies, Declan Donnellan and Philip Seymour Hoffman have worked with STC in recent years and in 2009 Liv Ullmann and Steven Soderbergh will direct for the Company. STC has presented productions by Complicite, Cheek by Jowl, Out-of-Joint and the National Theatre of Great Britain. In 2001 STC performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York with its production of The White Devil, returned in 2006 with its production of Hedda Gabler and will return again in 2009 with its production of A Streetcar Named Desire which will also tour to Washington. Other STC productions to tour internationally in the last few years include The Cherry Pickers (UK 2002), Riflemind (UK 2008) and Blackbird (NZ, Germany 2008).

STC has launched and fostered the theatre careers of many of Australia's internationally renowned artists including Mel Gibson, Judy Davis, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto, Geoffrey Rush, Toni Collette, Rose Byrne and Cate Blanchett.

In 2006 STC launched its first acting ensemble, The Actors Company, which, over three years, has performed an extraordinary range of repertoire including award-winning productions of Mother Courage & Her Children, The Season at Sarsaparilla, The Lost Echo and Gallipoli. The Wars of the Roses is the final Actors Company production and later in 2009, STC will introduce its new ensemble of theatre-makers The Residents who will perform right across the full range of the Company’s activities including Main Stage, Next Stage and STC Ed productions.

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