A Streetcar Named Desire, Starring Jessica Hecht and Sam Rockwell, Arrives at Williamstown June 22

News   A Streetcar Named Desire, Starring Jessica Hecht and Sam Rockwell, Arrives at Williamstown June 22
 
Jessica Hecht and Sam Rockwell share a sweltering summer in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, staged by in-demand director David Cromer (Our Town, The House of Blue Leaves, Broadway Bound), beginning June 22 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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The volatile, New Orleans-set classic that will officially open June 23 for a run through July 3 on the Nikos Stage.

Cromer also revealed that audiences will have a more intimate experience with Streetcar by placing them within the cramped Kowalski apartment. "One of our responsibilities is to present our audiences with fresh perspectives, fresh points of view on a play. In this case, literally changing the audience’s angle on the action in the Nikos hopefully refreshes the experience. Everyone is now that much closer to the play," he said in a statement.

Cromer previously staged Streetcar at the Writers’ Theater in Glencoe, IL, during the 2009-2010 season. The production reunites Cromer with Hecht, whom he directed in the short-lived Broadway revival of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs in 2009.

In addition to Hecht (A View From the Bridge, Three Sisters) as Blanche DuBois and Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane) as Stanley Kowalski, the cast also includes Ana Reeder ("Damages") as Stella Kowalski, Michael Bradley Cohen as Young Collector, Luis Vega as Pablo, Jennifer Engstrom as Eunice, Vella Lovell as Mexican Woman, Crystal Lucas-Perry as Negro Woman, Emily Simoness as Nurse, Daniel Stewart Sherman (Desire Under the Elms) as Mitch, Lou Sumrall (Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune) as Steve, and Kirby Ward (Never Gonna Dance) as Doctor.

The Streetcar creative team includes Collette Pollard (set design), Janice Paytel (costume design), Heather Gilbert (lighting design), Josh Schmidt (sound design/composer) and Thom Schall (fight direction).

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