by Nathan Records
U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern
A gritty neighborhood in New Orleans’ French Quarter is the setting for Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” — KMC Onstage’s current production.
The play, which won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for drama, is the first of two KMC Onstage entries into the 2013 IMCOM-Europe Tournament of Plays. Opening night is today.
“A Streetcar Named Desire” is a story of Blanche Dubois, a disgraced school teacher and former southern belle, who is forced to move into a tiny apartment rented by her sister, Stella.
“The hardest thing about playing Blanche is the roller coaster of emotions that Blanche goes through,” said Liz Jackson, who plays Blanche.
The story involves Stella, played by Hannah McKinney, and Blanche’s brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski, played by J. Lee Sweet.
Blanche and Stanley, who have never met, butt heads at the end of the first scene when Stanley learns that Stella and Blanche’s childhood home, the plantation Belle Reve, has been lost to mortgage distress.
When a drunken Stanley lashes out at Stella late that night, Blanche question Stella’s judgment in marrying him. However, Blanche is running from her own sordid past.
Other characters include the upstairs landlords, Steve and Eunice, played by David Schwab and Cindy Krewson, and a love interest, Harold “Mitch” Mitchell, played by Army Spc. Aaron Woodall.
Other cast members include Oscar Adams, Nick Seri and Lt. Cmdr. Fred Gilbreth.
“A Streetcar Named Desire” runs from today to Sunday and March 1 to 3. Show times are at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets cost $14 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.
KMC Onstage is located in Bldg. 3232 on Kleber Kaserne. For more information on the production, call 0631-411-6626.