Dark secrets and Southern belles abound in the Maverick Theatre Company’s production of the Tennessee Williams classic, “A Streetcar Named Desire.”
The play, on the UT Arlington Mainstage Theatre, will run Nov. 19-23.
Set in the New Orleans French Quarter, the 1948 Pulitzer Prize-winning play follows the tragic trajectory of Blanche DuBois, a faded Southern belle who is haunted by her past. Blanche moves in with her sister, Stella, and is subsequently bedeviled by Stella’s frank and uninhibited husband, Stanley — who uncovers Blanche’s darkest secrets.
Directed by Senior Lecturer Natalie Gaupp, the play stars Travis J. Fant as Stanley Kowalski, Bryn Apprill as Stella Kowalski and Katherine Anne Weekley as Blanche DuBois.
Gaupp, who is also Playwright-in-Residence for the Department of Theatre Arts, said she is approaching the play as homage to Williams and the aesthetics that inspired his work.
“My vision for this production of ‘Streetcar’ is one that conjures the time, place and human dynamics of the world in which the author fostered his play, a production that is true to the author’s original intentions,” she said. “The soul of production is the French Quarter, the Vieux Carré, the oldest neighborhood in the city of New Orleans. To me, it’s the longtime residence for those who seek to invent or reinvent themselves, or to simply find one of those long rainy New Orleans afternoons, steeped liberally in one part live traditional jazz, one part Southern Comfort.”
The “Streetcar” cast also includes Dale Shelton, Bradley Atuba, Kelly Stewart, Adrian Stecker, Michael Carver-Simmons, Amanda Sandlin, Raul Luna, Marla Acevedo, Adilita Garner and Joshua Davis.
Eric Smith is Assistant Director and Stage Manager, and Technical Director is Daniel Archibald. Kris O’Brien designed the Costumes. Jared Land created the Sound Design. Make-Up was created by Joe Kongevick. Michelle Harvey is the Scenic Designer.
Performances are Nov. 19- 22 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for general public, and $7 for senior citizens, students and UT Arlington faculty and staff.
For tickets/reservations, group rates, or further information, please contact the UT Arlington Department of Theatre Arts Box Office at (817) 272-2669 or uta.edu/theatre. The Mainstage Theatre is located in the Fine Arts Building at 502 South Cooper St. on the UT Arlington campus.