No replacement has yet been named for O'Byrne, who is currently starring in the hit MCC production Frozen.
A Kennedy Center spokesperson confirmed that O'Byrne withdrew from Streetcar "to stay with the show he is doing now." There is wide speculation that Frozen, which received raves from the New York critics, may transfer to Broadway. O'Byrne's withdrawal from Streetcar would seem to indicate a long life for the Bryony Lavery play.
O'Byrne follows The Full Monty's Patrick Wilson, who withdrew from the Kennedy Center's forthcoming production of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof last month. Wilson will be filming a movie during the Cat run, June 12-July 4.
A Streetcar Named Desire will play the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater May 8-30. Garry Hynes, the first woman to receive a Best Director of a Play Tony Award (for her work on The Beauty Queen of Leenane), will direct the production about the fragile Blanche Du Bois and her tragic downfall. The cast currently includes Patricia Clarkson (Blanche Du Bois), Amy Ryan (Stella) and Adam Rothenberg (Stanley).
Brían F. O'Byrne received Tony nominations for his performances in The Beauty Queen of Leenane and The Lonesome West; he also appeared on Broadway in The Sisters Rosensweig.
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2700 F. Street, NW in Washington, D.C. Tickets for "Tennessee Williams Explored"are now on sale. For more information about the Center’s many productions, go to www.kennedy-center.org.