Purple Box Theater
AUDITIONS MARCH 22 AT 5:00
SHOW DATES MAY 1-9
DIRECTED BY Cathy Holbrook
ABOUT THE PLAY
Setting: The scene is the interior and exterior of the two-room Kowalski apartment in New Orleans French quarter. The action of the play takes place in the spring, summer and early fall one year in the late 1940s.
Synopsis: Explosive, passionate, and heartrending, A Streetcar Named Desire is modern American theater at its best. When fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois arrives on the doorstep of her sister Stella’s apartment building in New Orleans, she is unwittingly entering a lion’s den. Wounded by romantic abuses, loss, and dangerous mistakes, Blanche prefers her world kept in dim, flattering light, fuzzy at the edges. She is shocked by Stella’s simple existence, her new low-class habits, and most of all, her crude, simple husband, Stanley. Stanley is fierce and unpredictable, moving from violence to softness in an instant, and he and Blanche begin a cruel, sadistic dance where the only possible end is pain. With his signature poetic prose, muggy Southern Gothic setting, and psychological insight, Tennessee Williams’ mighty play, and his troubled, eccentric heroine, unravel before our very eyes.
there will be a cold reading from the script.
ALL ROLES AVAILABLE
who shares a laugh with Eunice over Stanley and Stella and lets Stella know that Blanche has arrived is one of the first people we see.
Stanley and Stella’s upstairs neighbor, to whom Stella turns for comfort when Stanley mistreats her. She is married to Steve Hubbell
A brash young man in his twenties who earns his living as a traveling salesman. He is prone to react physically when angered. He and Stella have not been married long, and so are quite comfortable in their 2-room apartment.
Blanche’s younger sister, who left their home, Belle Reve, some time ago. She likes Stanley’s energy and strength, but not the violence. She stands up to him in her way, but has not told him that Blanche is coming to visit.
A poker-night and bowling buddy of Stanley’s who lives upstairs from the Kowalski’s with his wife Eunice.
HAROLD (MITCH) MITCHELL
A bachelor poker-night buddy of Stanley’s who lives with his aged mother. He is fascinated by Blanche and wants to protect her.
A MEXICAN WOMAN
A vendor of Mexican funeral decorations who frightens Blanche by issuing the plaintive call “Flores para los muertos,” which means “Flowers for the dead.”
Stella’s older sister, who lived at Belle Reve as the elderly relatives passed away, holding onto their ancestral home until she could no longer support it on her teacher’s salary. She tells Stella that she just needs a bit of rest from all she’s been through, but there is an air about her that suggests she may be looking for a more permanent haven.
A poker-night buddy of Stanley’s.
THE NEWSBOY (Young Collector)
A teenage boy collecting for the local paper. Something in his face or voice so reminds Blanche of a former beau from her Belle Rive days; She returns to that time and flirts with him.
A DOCTOR and NURSE
from the sanitarium.