Seen here in a rehearsal for A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE playing in Curtain Call's Dressing Room Theatre are Michael Limone as Stanley Kowalski and Linda Moran Branch as Blanche DuBois. They play will run October 18 through November 3.
Long before "The Graduate's" Mrs. Robinson became a pop culture icon, Blanche DuBois was coming on to young boys in Tennessee Williams' classic drama, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE. Area residents will have their chance to see this Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece when it begins a three-week run in Curtain Call's Dressing Room Theatre, October 18 through November 3.
"Streetcar has long been a favorite of mine," said Lou Ursone, Curtain Call executive director and producer for this run, "and I am thrilled to be presenting it in our very intimate Dressing Room Theatre space. "The play has some of the best-known characters in American literature and, it's back in Connecticut where it all started," Ursone added, referring to the play's premiere 66 years ago at The Shubert Theatre in New Haven. In a survey of several hundred theatre professionals….actors, directors, producers, critics and scholars published this past year by Entertainment Weekly, A Streetcar Named Desire placed as number 2 of the 100 Best American Plays, right behind Death of a Salesman.
Sisters Stella Kowalski and Blanche DuBois may have have been raised under the same roof, but their lives have followed vastly different paths as seen in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE playing in Curtain Call's Dressing Room Theatre, October 18 through November 3. (Left to Right: Alexandra Burke and Linda Moran Branch)
The cast includes many past Curtain Call performers including Stamford resident, Michael Limone as Stanley Kowalski. Curtain Call newcomer, Alexandra Burke (Fairfield) plays his wife, Stella. They are joined by Linda Moran Branch (Bethany) as Stella's sister, Blanche DuBois, and by Eric Dino (Norwalk) as Kowalski's friend, Mitch. The rest of the cast includes, from Stamford: Annalisa Dinucci, Bennett Leeds, Marcy Mattison-Vega: Norwalk: Warren Chao; Westport: Manny Lieberman; Redding: Jason Howard; Wilton: Christina Richardson. The play is directed by Will Jeffries (Bethel) with assistant director, John Atkin (Norwalk); stage management is lead by Tim Cronin, assisted by Julia Zimmerman (both of Stamford). Curtain Call's associate artistic director, Peter Barbieri, Jr. (Norwalk) is handling production design and costumes are created by Helen Adams (Stratford).
Since its original production, actors and directors alike have longed to sink their teeth into such terrific material and this production is no different. Director Jeffries said recently, "We are approaching the script with simplicity of intent, and a dedication to stripping away any artifice or false notes in the playing. So much of this play is iconic, from the many very famous lines, to the actors who originated the roles….it is easy to get caught up in the lore. But that is a path we are resisting with all our powers of focus and concentration. I know that if we simply do the play…tell Mr. Williams’ story with honesty, care and grace, the audiences who come will find themselves suddenly in New Orleans, in Elysian Fields, in the Kowalski home." Jeffries is particularly happy to return to the piece that was his very first directing project, "and that was back in 1971, when I was a Theatre major at the University of Vermont, and most of this cast was not yet born," he added.
Friends Stanley, Mitch and Steve are hard-working guys in New Orleans, blowing off a bit of steam with cards and beer as seen here in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE playing in Curtain Call's Dressing Room Theatre, October 18 through November 3. Left to right: Eric Dino, Michael Limone and Jason Howard.
Tickets are available from the Box Office at 203-461-6358 or www.curtaincallinc.com. Ticket prices: Adults - $29; Senior Citizens - $22; Students/Children - $14.50. Discounted five, seven and ten-ticket Flex Passes can reduce price by up to 25%. At press time, the opening weekend is almost completely sold out. The remainder of Curtain Call's 23rd season includes, Fiddler on the Roof, Gypsy, The Wizard of Oz, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Les Miserables, You Can’t Take It with You, The Hallelujah Girls and many other special events including concerts by Michael Jovovich, Frank Mastrone and more. Plus interactive murder mysteries and comedy nights are also on tap.
Curtain Call is the nonprofit, professionally-run, community-based theatre company in residence at The Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Avenue in Stamford. Year-round productions and educational workshops are presented by and for area residents in The Kweskin Theatre and The Dressing Room Theatre.
A young man seduced by an older woman is nothing new, but still dramatic by its very nature. Bennett Leeds and Linda Moran Branch rehearse their scene in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE playing in Curtain Call's Dressing Room Theatre, October 18 through November 3.
Curtain Call has been voted Fairfield County’s BEST LOCAL THEATRE GROUP 2005 through 2013 in the Annual Readers’ Poll of The Fairfield County Weekly as well as BEST LOCAL THEATRE by StamfordPlus magazine for the past five years and as BEST VENUE by Stamford Magazine readers.. Curtain Call also received The Governor’s Award for Excellence in Culture and Tourism for 2011 and in a recent Facebook poll, was noted as the most popular theatre in Connecticut and second most favorite attraction in the state.