Am dram: The Marco Players gear up for A Streetcar Named Desire
AN amateur theatre group has been given expert tips as it prepares to kick off its new season with a classic American play.
The Marco Players will perform A Streetcar Named Desire, by Tennessee Williams, from Wednesday until Saturday at Chorley Old Road Community Hall.
Director Jason Crompton was given advice by David Thacker, from the Octagon Theatre, which staged the production in 2010.
Mr Crompton said: “I have been very lucky to have such a talented cast and crew, including some new as well as familiar faces, who have worked tirelessly to achieve the vision I had many months ago.
“David Thacker, artistic director at The Octagon Theatre, gave me some advice on how to pace the production as well.
“Rehearsals have been hectic and demanding due to the summer holidays to the point where I was quite enjoying reading in for Blanche and Stella. Now that would be a production to see!”
A Streetcar Named Desire is a savage, passionate play which sees Blanche DuBois arrive unexpectedly on the doorstep of her sister Stella, and husband Stanley, in post-war New Orleans.
She arrives pretending to be on leave from her school teaching job and tries to entice Stanley’s friend into marriage but her attempt to find happiness and escape from her past is shattered.
The 1947 Broadway production, which starred Marlon Brando as Stanley, Jessica Tandy as Blanche, Kim Hunter as Stella and Karl Malden as Mitch, won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The 1951 film version, which showcased many of the original Broadway performers and a new Blanche in actress Vivien Leigh, made cinematic history and won four Oscars.
The production by the Marco Players will feature Julie Hall, Ben Latham, Gail Costello, James Haslam, Diane Pepper, Connor O’Berine, Dan Sheader, Judith Johnston, Fran Shinks, Ben Whitehead and Paul Cohen.
Mr Crompton added: “We know that this play is also on the A-level syllabus this year so we are offering a discounted ticket for block booking from a college or school.”
The production is on at Chorley Old Road Community Hall from Wednsed, September 18, until Saturday, September 21.
For tickets, phone 01204 841561 or 01204 451005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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