Award-Winning Director Cromer Conducts Streetcar in Chicago

News   Award-Winning Director Cromer Conducts Streetcar in Chicago David Cromer, the award-winning regional and New York City director who won a 2010 Lucille Lortel Award for his direction of Lincoln Center Theater's When the Rain Stops Falling, has returned to his Chicago roots to stage Writers' Theatre's new production of A Streetcar Named Desire, which opens May 13 after previews from May 5 in Glencoe, IL.
A Streetcar Named Desire stars Stacy Stoltz and Natasha Lowe
A Streetcar Named Desire stars Stacy Stoltz and Natasha Lowe Photo by Michael Brosilow

Cromer was recently announced to be the director of the Broadway production of the musical Yank! The revival Streetcar, the Tennessee Williams play about a broken woman who cannot reconcile past and present, features Natasha Lowe as Blanche and Matt Hawkins as Stanley. Performances play to July 11.

The production also features Danny McCarthy (Mitch), Jenn Engstrom (Eunice), Loren Lazarine (Steve), Esteban Andres Cruz (Pablo), Stacy Stoltz (Stella), Carolyn E. Nelson (Colored Woman/Matron), Derek Hasenstab (Doctor) and Ryan Hallahan (Young Collector).

Cromer returns to Writers' Theatre, where he directed Picnic, Booth, The Price and Oscar Remembered. His current production in New York City is Off-Broadway's Our Town at Barrow Street Theatre. When the Rain Stops Falling played at Lincoln Center Theater's Off-Broadway Mitzi Newhouse in the spring. He also staged the acclaimed Off-Broadway productions of Orson's Shadow and Adding Machine, and the short-lived fall 2009 Brighton Beach Memoirs.

Writers' Theatre is at 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe, IL. For information, call (847) 242-6000 or visit www.writerstheatre.org.

* Writers' Theatre, run by artistic director Michael Halberstam and executive director Kathryn M. Lipuma, "is a professional company focusing on the Word and the Artist," according to its mission statement. "Remaining true to the intention of the playwright and nurturing the artist stand at the center of the mission. Now in its 18th season, the company both revives classic scripts and cultivates new works and adaptations while invigorating them with fresh energy in the intimacy of its venues. Founded in 1992, Writers' Theatre performed exclusively at Books on Vernon, 664 Vernon Avenue for the first 12 years. In the fall of 2003, the organization opened a new 108-seat performance venue at 325 Tudor Court. Today, Writers' Theatre continues to produce in both spaces, maintaining an intimate theatrical experience for audiences."

Natasha Lowe, Matt Hawkins and Stacy Stoltz in <i>A Streetcar Named Desire</i>.
Natasha Lowe, Matt Hawkins and Stacy Stoltz in A Streetcar Named Desire. Photo by Michael Brosilow
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