A Streetcar Named to Desire Tickets
Streetcar is the tragic story of fragile former schoolteacher Blanche, who leaves the family plantation house and moves to New Orleans to live with her sister, Stella. She quickly gets a gritty life lesson in the seamy, steamy underbelly of 1940s life in the French Quarter.
It is a play written in 1947 by American playwright, Tennessee Williams for which he received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The play opened on Broadway on December 3, 1947 and closed on December 17, 1949 in the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
New Orleans jazz legend, Terence Blanchard composed the score for this production of the Tennessee Williams' classic drama. The languid inter-scene music captures the charged inertia of the story. The single set also lends to the sense of claustrophobia.
Blanche DuBois, a former schoolteacher and fading Southern belle arrives in the French Quarter of New Orleans to stay with her pregnant sister, Stella and her husband Stanley. Blanche is disdainful of the couple’s cramped quarters. Blanche's genteel sensibility and judgmental nature brings out the worst in the hot- tempered, working class Stanley. Blanche ends up sparking a romance with Stanley's friend, Mitch until Stanley goes digging through her steamy past to destroy her hopes of a fresh start in New Orleans. When Stella goes into labor and leaves for the hospital, Stanley and Blanche are left alone in the apartment, and things come to a violent head.
Because of the darker elements of this story, mainly concerning Stanley's abusive treatment of Blanche, this play is not for younger kids. Although, this is an American classic required for reading at many schools, middle-schoolers and older could certainly handle the poetic language and emotional content. You just want to be prepared to answer their questions after the show if they have any.