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Oct. 19, 2011/For Immediate Release/Photo attached
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WINSTON-SALEM – A masterpiece commentary on the fading Old South and the rising industrial working class of the 1940s, Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire plays at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 2-6.

Guest artist Rob Ruggiero directs the performance by Studio IV, the Drama senior class. Students of the UNCSA School of Design and Production will provide support for the production.

Performances will be in the Thrust Theatre in Performance Place on the UNCSA campus, 1533 South Main St., Winston-Salem. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Oct. 28 & 29 and Nov. 2-5, and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 30 & Nov. 5 & 6. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors/students. Call the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945 for reservations, or visit www.uncsa.edu/performances to purchase tickets online.

Blanche (Maddie Jo Landers) struggles to understand Stella's (Kacie Brown) marriage to her abusive husband, Stanley (Christian Daly).

Photo by G. Allen Aycock

Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans, A Streetcar Named Desire follows Stella Kowalski’s struggle to balance her relationships with her working class husband, Stanley, and her Southern belle sister, Blanche.  Stanley, ultimately grounded in the reality of day-to-day existence and his physical needs, is fed up with Blanche’s illusions and imagination.  Blanche cannot control her fantasies and becomes mentally unstable, while Stanley cannot control his primal instincts and becomes abusive.  The family spirals out of control, with a pregnant Stella trying to hold it all together. 

A Streetcar Named Desire reflects aspects of the author’s real-life struggle supporting an unstable family member in the early 20th century South. Williams’ unstable sister, Rose, was diagnosed with schizophrenia and institutionalized.  The audience shares Williams’ pain as his brilliant writing takes them on a touching, yet sometimes disturbing, journey.

The original production, directed by Elia Kazan, debuted at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City on Dec. 3, 1947. The play won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the 1948 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play.

To see behind-the-scenes action and get sneak previews before the opening night of Streetcar on Oct. 28, “like” UNCSA Productions on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at UNCSAPerforms. 

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.