Oklahoma City University News
OCU Theatre Brings Tennessee Williams Classic to the Stage ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University will open its second mainstage show of the season – “A Streetcar Named Desire” – Oct. 29.
The Tennessee Williams classic opened on Broadway in 1947 and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1948.
Director Hal Kohlman, an adjunct theater professor at OCU, said the play helps define the character of a previous generation. The play follows a broken woman with a dark past who seeks sanctuary and a new beginning with her younger sister. Blanche DuBois, an icon of American theatre, finds herself unwelcome in the home of Stanley Kowaiski but clings to the hope that she can be rescued by the kindness of strangers.“
The play’s mélange of romantic nostalgia and brutal pragmatism set the stage for a revolution of honest and frank examination of sexuality in an America that was trying desperately to define itself in the era following the Second World War,” Kohlman said. “Gone were the romantic ideals of gentility, replaced with a social order in which only the strong survive. The battle between Blanche and Stanley for supremacy in the household defined not only an unexamined model of male/female relationships but the character of a generation."
Show times are 8 p.m. Oct. 29, 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 30, 2 p.m. Oct. 31, 8 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5, 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 6 and 2 p.m. Nov. 7. To purchase tickets, call (405) 208-5227.