Columbus State Theatre Staging Streetcar Named Desire
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Battling inventions of her mind, Blanche DuBois searches for a place to call her own in Columbus State University Theatre’s production of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 1-3 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at CSU’s Theatre on the Park Mainstage in downtown Columbus.
Set in New Orleans’ French Quarter during the late 1940s, Streetcar has audiences wondering if it’s truly her mind or a shocking past that has DuBois wanting to escape.
An American classic, A Streetcar Named Desire “is one of the greatest plays ever written,” said Assistant Professor Larry McDonald, who is directing the production and its CSU-student cast. “It traffics in timeless themes of civility versus brutality, the inevitable decay of the corporeal and the intense power of instinctual desire,” he said.
Streetcar has garnered enduring popularity since its inception in 1947 and is continually remade in theatre, ballet, opera and film.
“This is the only play I know of that has such an iconic and eminent version captured on film,” said McDonald. “Legendary filmmaker Eliza Kazan essentially filmed the play with most of the original cast members from his Broadway production. In many ways, Streetcar is as much Kazan’s play as Tennessee Williams’.”
McDonald said Kazan apparently rewrote — with Williams’ encouragement — several scenes, changed character names and originated the action of the play now preserved in the acting addition of the script.
McDonald is using the iconic nature of the play as his guide. “I made a decision very early on in the process to embrace the iconic nature of Streetcar rather than try to deny its existence,” he said. “We’re the messengers, not the geniuses and, hopefully, we make it our own through bringing ourselves to such a recognized piece of theatre.”
In terms of design and performance, McDonald is carefully crafting the production in a traditional way. “I feel it is my job as a director to … not impose too much onto it,” he said. “I really don’t see the point in improving on perfection.”
Ticket prices are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors, children, active military and CSU alumni and free for CSU faculty-staff (limit two) and students (limit one). For more information, call the theatre box office at 706-507-8444.
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Mandi Kerr - Blanche DuBois
Nick Wolfe - Stanley Kowalski
Samantha Mongogna - Stella Kowalski
Jeremiah Hobbs - Harold Mitchell (Mitch)
Larry McDonald - Director
Dureyea Collier - Assistant Director
Katie Heffelfinger - Stage Manager
Kim Manuel - Set Designer
Jessica Butler - Costume Designer
Krystal Kennel – Lights, Sound Designer
K.T. Lincoln - Assistant Light Designer
Erica Anthony - Props Master