Isabel Ellison has been cast as Stella Kowalski in an immersive new staging of A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, which features a Genderqueer actor in the iconic role of Blanche DuBois.
Set in the sultry and sweltering 1940's French Quarter of New Orleans, this production invites audiences directly into the Kowalski apartment for a beer and some whiskey, where young couple Stanley and Stella Kowalski are joined for the summer by Stella's damaged, fading debutante sister, Blanche DuBois.
This production explores the diversity of the New Orleans that Williams painted by featuring a GNC/genderqueer actor in the iconic role of Blanche. We aim to highlight the themes of racism, classism, sexism, and sexual violence inherent in the text and explore the piece as a stripped down, emotionally raw, knock down, drag out battle for power. In a play that famously pins the all American, blue-blooded working class alpha male Stanley Kowalski against the soft, feminine, vulnerable, privileged beauty Blanche DuBois, we hope to create an immersive theatrical experience that speaks to the divided state of the world today and invites audiences into an experience they'll never forget.
Russell Peck* as Blanche DuBois
Max Carpenter* as Stanley Kowalski
Isabel Ellison* as Stella Kowalski
*Actors appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity
A Streetcar Named Desire is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.