Cromer Tackles Tennessee; Cast Announced for Director's IL Streetcar

News   Cromer Tackles Tennessee; Cast Announced for Director's IL Streetcar David Cromer, acclaimed for staging Our Town in Chicago and Off-Broadway, will direct Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, featuring Natasha Lowe as Blanche and Matt Hawkins as Stanley, for Writers' Theatre in suburban Chicago.
David Cromer
David Cromer Photo by Aubrey Reuben

Performances play May 4-July 11. Opening is May 13. The production in Glencoe, IL, will also feature 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 productions in New York City are Off-Broadway's Our Town at Barrow Street Theatre and When the Rain Stops Falling at Lincoln Center Theater. He also staged the acclaimed Off-Broadway productions of Orson's Shadow and Adding Machine.

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

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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."