Monday, July 18, 2011

Preparing to Ride the Streetcar

We're about ten days from opening our next show, the American classic,
A Streetcar Named Desire. Streetcar is widely considered one of THE American plays by one of THE great American playwrights. It has iconic roles that actors would kill to play. This weekend, on Twitter, someone asked Alec Baldwin what his dream theatre role would be and he replied "I played that when I did STREETCAR in 1992."

Want to brush up on your Streetcar? Instead of watching the Elia Kazan film with Vivian Leigh, Kim Hunter, Marlon Brando and Karl Malden, check out "Who Am I This Time?" with Christopher Walken and Susan Sarandon. Based on a Kurt Vonnegut short story, it tells the story of a small town hardware clerk who finds himself while treading the boards of his local community theatre. Directed by Jonathan Demme, it was filmed as a part of the American Playhouse TV series.

Here's a sneak peek at our Blanche (Meredith Hagedorn) working her feminine wiles on Mitch (Troy Johnson).

Want another tease? Peninsula Backstage, the local television show covering Bay Area theatre, is working up a piece on our production. They've released a look at some of the rehearsal footage here. This was taken during the designer run through so it's not a real rehearsal - the designer run is for the people on the design side (the costumer, set builder, light and sound folks) to get a feel for the look and atmosphere and progress of the production a few weeks out. Peninsula Backstage will have a whole Streetcar episode coming out with footage and interviews coming out soon so stay tuned!

Opening night is sold out, as is the August 6 performance and the rest of opening weekend is darn near sold out so if you want to catch this show, and it's only running for four weeks, get your tickets as soon as possible either online or by calling the box office (open 27/7) at 1-800-838-3006. See you at the show!

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