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"A Streetcar Named Desire" Heats Up Valentine's Weekend

Reported: Feb. 13, 2014 4:14 PM EST
Updated: Feb. 13, 2014 4:27 PM EST

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Kennie Bass) - It's heralded as the play that changed acting styles forever. Tennessee Williams' epic "A Streetcar Named Desire" swept away melodramatic flourishes in favor of more naturalistic dramatization.

"It's Tennessee Williams and it's considered one of the greatest plays of all time," Bethany Cline "Blanche Dubois) said. "And it is classic American theatre and literature."

"This is a great, great play for Valentine's weekend because it a story about love and loss," Loren Allen, who plays Harold "Mitch" Mitchell said.

After falling on hard times, Blanche Dubois travels to the New Orleans apartment of her sister Stella. It's there she confronts her brother- in-law, the brutish, animalistic Stanley Kowalski.

"Stanley is the beast, so to speak," George R. Snider, III (Stanley Kowalski) said. "He's the anti-hero of Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire." He's the one, the tough character. He brings home the bacon and is the definite alpha male of the play."

"I think for most people this show is on the list of the ones you really want to do," Jessica Smith (Stella Dubois Kowalski) said. "And I'm excited, this is a part that I really wanted to do. I mean, of course it's a little bit, it can be scary because there's a lot of pressure. You don't want to screw up such a famous character. But it's a fun challenge. I like a good challenge."

The clash between the two powers the story, as Stanley seeks to uncover the truth and hidden agenda behind Blanche's journey to his home.

"It's a little intimidating because when you're talking about a role that was played by not only Marlon Brando, but Alec Baldwin, Treat Williams and number of other people," Snider said. "Who can do justice to that kind of acting? So, for an actor it's a dream role."

The LimeLight Theatre Company Presents Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" directed by Kelly D.T. Strom.
February 14, 15, 21, 22 at 8:00 p.m.
WVSU Capitol Theater
123 Summers Street
Charleston, West Virginia.
Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the theater box office or reserved by calling 304-342-6522.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” features adult themes and parental guidance is advised.

Bethany Cline-Blanche DuBois
George R. Snider III-Stanley Kowalski
Jessica Smith-Stella Kowalski
Loren Cade Allen-Harold Mitchell
Tracey Todd
Mark Felton
Dennis Strom
Jennifer Anderson
Johnny Halstead
Jade Chappell-Johnson
Sheila Jarrett
Kenneth Morrison, Jr.
Tiffany Hoke
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