Robins, Clohessy, Derelian, Sturgis Will Board NJ Streetcar Named Desire Sept. 10-Oct. 5

News   Robins, Clohessy, Derelian, Sturgis Will Board NJ Streetcar Named Desire Sept. 10-Oct. 5
Broadway, film, television and Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey veteran Laila Robins, who'll slip into the skin of faded belle Blanche du Bois in the troupe's A Streetcar Named Desire, will be joined by a fellow veteran of the company, Gregory Derelian, as brutish Stanley Kowalski.

Full casting has been announced for artistic director Bonnie J. Monte's new production of the 1948 Pulitzer Prize winner by Tennessee Williams. Performances will play Sept. 10-Oct. 5 at The Shakespeare Theatre's Main Stage, the F. M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre, 36 Madison Avenue in Madison, NJ. Opening is Sept. 13.

With this production, Robins celebrates her tenth season with The Shakespeare Theatre, where she has appeared in The Cherry Orchard, Macbeth, King John, The Three Sisters and many others. On Broadway she has appeared in Heartbreak House, The Herbal Bed, The Real Thing and Frozen, for which she received a Lucille Lortel award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Off-Broadway, she worked in Antony and Cleopatra for which she received a Lucille Lortel award nomination for Best Actress and Mrs. Klein, opposite Uta Hagen, for which she received a Joseph Jefferson Award and a Helen Hayes Award nomination.

In his tenth season at The Shakespeare Theatre, Derelian most recently appeared in The Time of Your Life, The Taming of the Shrew, Julius Caesar and Macbeth. On Broadway Derelian appeared in Metamorphoses at Circle in the Square. Off-Broadway he appeared in the Drama League Award- nominated The Hairy Ape at Irish Rep, Oliver Twist and Antony and Cleopatra at Theatre for a New Audience and several productions at the Public Theater.

Nisi Sturgis will play Stella Kowalski, Blanche's sister. Sturgis appeared in The Shakespeare Theatre's 2006 production of Pride and Prejudice.

Broadway, film and television veteran Robert Clohessy (Twelve Angry Men) will play Blanche's suitor, Mitch. Shakespeare Theatre veterans Wendy Barrie-Wilson (Broadway's Our Town) and Brent Langdon (Shakespeare Theatre's Henry V) play Eunice and Steve Hubbell.

David Villalobos (The Shakespeare Theatre's Othello) plays Pablo Gonzales, and Yolande Bavan (Richard III, Cyrano de Bergerac and Camino Real at The Shakespeare Theatre) plays the Mexican Woman.

Rounding out the cast are Justin Clark, Megan Irene Davis and Jon Barker.

The creative team includes set designer Harry Feiner, costume designer Hugh Hanson, lighting designer Bruce Auerbach and sound designer Karin Greybash. Broadway veteran Rick Sordelet will serve as fight director, and Diego Daniel Pardo is the dialect coach. Josiane Lemieux is the production stage manager.

For tickets or more information, call (973) 408-5600 or visit


This production was selected by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts as part of the American Masterpieces Series in New Jersey. American Masterpieces is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts.

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