The acclaimed Hartford Stage production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire, which runs through Oct. 11, will return to the theatre in July 1999 for a repeat engagement. "That's the earliest we can bring it back," Hartford Artistic Director Michael Wilson told Playbill On Line (Oct. 7). Wilson said the return engagement would begin on July 15, 1999 and is initally scheduled for only 10 performances, though it could be extended to 32.
After that, anything could happen, including a New York transfer. "At that point," said Wilson, "we will be able to see if we can move to any other venue that's available, whether it's New York or another residential theatre."
Since opening on Sept. 16, Streetcar has received rave reviews from the New York Post and New York magazine. The run is completely sold out, including an extra performance that was added for the evening of Oct. 11.
Tickets for the Streetcar extension go on sale Oct. 8. Call Hartford Stage, (860) 527-5151.
The show, which began previews Sept. 10, stars Annalee Jefferies as Blanche, James Colby as Stanley, Alyssa Bresnahan as Stella and Robert Clohessy as Mitch. Also in the cast are Cheryl Alexander, Paul Ascenzo, Curtis Billings, Natalie Brown, Nafe Katter, Lisa Leguillou (the Roundabout's Cyrano with Frank Langella), Henry Martin Leyva, and Ray Anthony Thomas.
The production is part of Williams Marathon, which included a reading series of Williams plays running Sept. 21-Oct. 5, and a master class taught by Wilson.
-- By Robert Simonson