Drama, intrigue, chaos and passion drive the storyline of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” a play the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point Theatre and Dance Department is preparing for in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the birth of the playwright Tennessee Williams.
“A Streetcar Named Desire” is Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that is considered by critics such as Ted Pappas of Pittsburgh Public Theater as as “essential” American play. The show tells the story of a woman named Blanche who, after losing her house in Mississippi, heads to New Orleans to live with Stella and Stanley, her sister and brother-in-law, whose seemingly normal lives are revealed to be in chaos.
Mona Maclay, a Theatre Arts major, plays Blanche. Maclay is beyond excited to be a part of this performance, seeming incredibly humbled by the opportunity and character she was selected for.
“This is like the holy grail of American theater,” Maclay said. “I feel lucky to be working with such a great cast, crew, creative team, and director. We’re blessed to be a part of something this big.”
The cast includes Kate VanderVelden as Stella, Jake Horstmeier as Stanley and Zachary Spooner as Mitch.
All performances will be held March 2-4 and 8-10 in the Noel Fine Arts Center’s Jenkins Theatre at 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, March 4). Tickets are $12 for students, $17 for adults and $16 for senior citizens, available at the Information and Tickets office in the Dreyfus University Center or by calling 715-346-4100. If there are still seats available the day of the show, student tickets are free with a UWSP ID.