David Cromer's Close-Quarters Streetcar Gets Final Extension in Chicago

News   David Cromer's Close-Quarters Streetcar Gets Final Extension in Chicago
 
The acclaimed new Chicago-area production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, staged in a claustrophobic space that puts the drama within inches of the audience, has been extended to Aug. 15 by Writers' Theatre. David Cromer (Our Town) directs.

A Streetcar Named Desire stars Stacy Stoltz and Natasha Lowe
A Streetcar Named Desire stars Stacy Stoltz and Natasha Lowe Photo by Michael Brosilow

This is the third and final extension of the production. Performances play at Writers' Theatre, 325 Tudor Court in Glencoe, IL.

The New York Times raved about the staging, seeming to tempt producers to do to Streetcar what they did with Cromer's Chicago Our Town — move it to Off-Broadway.

The cast of the drama of broken dreams and shattered illusions includes Andrew Burden Swanson (Ensemble), Esteban Andres Cruz (Pablo), Jenn Engstrom (Eunice), Ryan Hallahan (Young Collector), Derek Hasenstab, (Doctor) Matt Hawkins (Stanley), Loren Lazerine, (Steve), Natasha Lowe (Blanche), Danny McCarthy (Mitch), Carolyn E. Nelson (Colored Woman/Matron), Stacy Stoltz (Stella) and Rosario Vargas (Mexican Woman).

The designers are Collette Pollard (scenic), Janice Pytel (costume), Heather Gilbert (lighting) and Josh Schmidt (sound).

In it, according to Writers' Theatre, "Blanche DuBois, an aging Southern belle, arrives unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister Stella and her explosive brother-in-law Stanley. Over the course of one hot and steamy New Orleans summer, Blanche's fragile façade slowly crumbles, wreaking havoc on Stella and Stanley's already turbulent relationship. Embodying the turmoil and drama of a changing nation, A Streetcar Named Desire strips Williams’ tortured characters of their illusions, leaving a wake of destruction in their path." Cromer returns to Writers' Theatre where he directed Picnic, Booth, The Price and Oscar Remembered. Most recently, he directed When the Rain Stops Falling at Lincoln Center Theater, for which he won a Lucille Lortel Award for Direction. Broadway credits include Brighton Beach Memoirs. His New York City credits include Our Town (Barrow Street Theatre, 2009 Obie and Lortel Awards for Direction), Adding Machine (Minetta Lane Theatre, 2008 Obie and Lortel Awards for Direction) and Orson's Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre).

For more information, visit www.writerstheatre.org.

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
Today’s Most Popular News: