WHERE: The ASU Leila Barlow Theatre in the Tullibody Fine Arts Building on S. Jackson St.
Alabama State University‘s Department of Theatre Arts takes on one of the most acclaimed plays in all of American theater when it presents the production of Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire,” which starts TODAY (at 7 p.m. nightly) and continues through Saturday (March 15-18) at the ASU Leila Barlow Theatre in the Tullibody Fine Arts Building on the corner of S. Jackson St. and N. University St.
Directing Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play is ASU’s Nathan Jacobs, who says that the storyline is complex, sophisticated and challenging.
“I really love this play and as a director, I wanted to share it with the students,” said Jacobs. “It’s a challenge because the characters are mature, but our theatre majors have risen to the challenge.”
The story tells of Blanche, an unstable fading Southern belle, who has come to live with her young sister Stella in a work-class neighborhood in New Orleans during 1947. Tension between Blanche and Stella’s husband, Stanley, quickly heat up, as both are strong-willed and have claims to the attentions of the pregnant Stella. Blanche begins a romance with Mitch, a friend of Stanley’s, which is soon threatened by the reappearance of her unsavory past. Things get complicated when Stanley physically lashes out against his pregnant wife and the rest of the play deals with the social dynamic with the group stemming from the incident.
Junior theatre major Jadon Jenkins from Virginia finds his role as Stanley both exciting and an opportunity to grow as an actor. “I’m hoping the audience understands the complexity that makes Stanley a villain and a victim of his own making,” said Jenkins.
The actress embodying Blanche is Taylor Mitchell, a junior theatre major from Columbus, Ohio, who has similar feelings about her journey toward building her character. “Blanche is dangerously seductive and completely aware of it. As a matter of fact, that’s where she often gets in trouble,” said Mitchell.
The original production opened in 1947 with Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy and Karl Malden. The play ran for 855 performances and was followed by an acclaimed movie version, which won Academy-Award nominations and Oscars.
General admission is $10 and $6 for ASU students with valid IDs. Due to some adult content and situations, the play is recommended for mature audiences 15 years of age and older.
For tickets and information call 334-229-6929/4551.