TENNESSEE Williams’ powerful drama A Streetcar Named Desire is being brought back to the stage in Harare with a new production directed by Rory Kilalea.
NG>Acknowledged as one of Williams’ finest works, the story tells of a meeting of cultures and ambitions and features three of modern literature’s best-known characters, Blanche DuBois and Stella and Stanley Kowalski. Set in one of the seedier parts of New Orleans, the drama tells of a visit to Stella by her sister, Blanche, and of the clashes and emotions that erupt as a result.
The play has over the years been produced twice at Reps and was made into an Oscar-winning film starring Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando. It is a set book for various public examinations this year and is an ideal accompaniment for students reading the play, as well as a first-rate drama that will appeal to the more serious theatre-goer.
The play will run at Reps Theatre from Tuesday, July 4 to July 15, with a special discounted preview night on Monday, July 3. In keeping with new policy, ticket prices have been slotted at a reasonable level of $500 000, with discounts for Reps members and pensioners. Curtain goes up at 7pm for each performance.
Veteran dramatist, producer and writer Rory Kilalea is director of the production and he has assembled a strong cast of known actors and newcomers, including Sarah Kilalea, David Smith, Rita Billingsley, Martin Bolt, Chris Muchatuta, Jonathan Hall and Philippa Thomas, as well as Sebastian Maseko, Ellena Kupusa Smith, Chiyedza Nyahuye, Louis de Swardt and Sue Evans. Smith, Bolt and Evans were winners of African Distillers Awards of Excellence at the annual Reps awards night earlier this year for performances during 2005. — Own Correspondent.