Wednesday, May 29, 2013

David Plambeck: Streetcar Director's Notes

"There is love of course. And then there's life, its enemy."
— Jean Anouilh

Welcome to the Star Bar production of Tennessee Williams' immortal play A Streetcar Named Desire.

At this point in the early Twenty-First Century, it seems superfluous to muse on the play itself. It is a true classic of American theatre. Blanche's route to the French Quarter ("They told me to take a streetcar named Desire, transfer to one called Cemetery and ride six blocks and get off at Elysian Fields!") summarizes, in one frantic burst of dialog, the journey we all take from the cradle to the grave. In this breathtaking, emotional, raw, brutal work, Williams dissects a moment in the lives of four living, breathing human beings, people as hopeful, disillusioned, idealistic, realistic—as truly alive—as you, our audience, gathered in this theater tonight.

The Desire Line ran from 1920 to 1948, at the height of streetcar use in New Orleans. The tale told in this work has run through our lives since our collective beginnings of awareness, and will continue to run until the last human vanishes from the face of the Earth. That is the power of this work of literature.

Relax and enjoy an evening of theatre that will entertain you, that will delight and horrify you—and, hopefully, will startle you with recalled memories and flashes of self-recognition.

No comments:

Post a Comment