GC to Present 'A Streetcar Named Desire'

Garrett College will present Tennessee William’s classic drama, A Streetcar Named Desire on March 27, 28, and 29. Performances will begin at 7:30 each evening, and admission is $5.

Dr. Lonnie Brewster, adjunct theatre instructor, directs this production. “I chose this play to challenge students who are seriously interested in theatre and to allow college students to deal with adult themes in literature. The play is about a self-destructive character who has spent her life ‘looking for love in all the wrong places’ and who is in search of refuge from the harsh realities of life,” he said.

Among the cast members are Megan Shaffer in the role of Stella Kowalski, Jack Chilcoat as Stanley Kowalski, Madison Sines portraying Blanche DuBois, and Adam Opel as the character Harold “Mitch” Mitchell.

Shaffer, a resident of Mtn. Lake Park and a graduate of Southern High School, is majoring in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Sines, a Northern High School graduate, lives in Friendsville. She is majoring in Liberal Arts at Garrett College. Chilcoat, who is pursuing his degree in Fine and Performing Arts, graduated from Northern High School and lives in Grantsville. Opel, also a Northern High School graduate, is a resident of Accident. He is earning his degree in General Studies.

As the play begins, Blanche DuBois, a tragic figure choosing fantasies to protect her from painful realities, is visiting the New Orleans home of her sister Stella and her brother-in-law Stanley. Suspicious of Blanche’s stories about her life, Stanley begins to dig into her past and learns that things are not as Blanche has portrayed them. As Tennessee Williams’ story progresses, Blanche’s tragedies and frailties are revealed as are those of the other characters involved.

Through tumultuous interactions the story of these four people’s lives is played out in a small apartment in the French Quarter of the city. Secrets are revealed and lives unravel.

Written in 1947, A Street Car Named Desire earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The original Broadway production was directed by Elia Kazan and starred Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Kim Hunter and Karl Malden.

More information on this and other Garrett College theater productions is available by contacting Dr. Brewster at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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