Cincinnati Landmark Productions Will hold Auditions for the Covedale’s 2014/2015 season opener, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Saturday, March 29th 12:00 to 3:00pm
Tuesday, April 1st 6:00 to 9:00pm
Auditions will be held at the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Avenue in West Price Hill.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
By Tennessee Williams
September 11 – October 5, 2014
Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, rejects the realities of life as her desperate defense of her weak, vulnerable soul. But when she is reduced to living on the charity of her sister, in a seedy New Orleans apartment, Blanche’s confrontation with her brutish brother in law, leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness. A classic American drama which ranks as one of the greatest in our theatre. Greg Procaccino, Director
Rehearsals begin: Monday, August 4, 2014
Performance dates: September 11 – October 5, 2014
Requirements: Adult Performers please. MUST HAVE A RESUME listing theatrical experience in order to audition. A headshot/picture is appreciated but not required. Auditionees will be asked to read from the script.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Characters
- Blanche Dubois, Not quite a heroine, Blanche is the complicated protagonist of the play. She is a faded Southern belle without a dime left to her name, after generations of mismanagement led to the loss of the family fortune.. Blanche tries to continue being the Southern belle of her youth, but she is too old and has seen too much, and soon her grip on reality begins to slip. She has difficulty understanding the passion in her sister’s marriage and is coolly calculating in her relationship with Mitch – yet barely manages to suppress a latent nymphomania.
- Stella Kowalski, Blanche’s younger sister, is about twenty-five years old and pregnant with her first child. Stella has made a new life for herself in New Orleans and is madly in love with her husband Stanley – their idyllic relationship is steeped in physical passion. Stella is forthright and unapologetic about the nature of her relationship with her husband, and although she loves her sister, she is pragmatic and refuses to let anything come between her and Stanley.
- Stanley Kowalski, Stella’s husband, is a man of solid, blue-collar stock – direct, passionate, and often violent. He has no patience for Blanche. He is a controlling and domineering man, demanding subservience from his wife in the belief that his authority is threatened by Blanche’s arrival.
- Harold “Mitch” Mitchell One of Stanley’s friends. Mitch is as tough and “unrefined” as Stanley. He is an imposing physical specimen, massively built and powerful, but he is also a deeply sensitive and compassionate man. His mother is dying, and this impending loss affects him profoundly. He is attracted to Blanche from the start. Mitch is a fundamentally decent man and seeks only to settle down. But when the truth about Blanche’s history comes to light, he feels swindled by her.
- Eunice Hubbell is the owner of the apartment building, and Steve’s wife. She is generally helpful, offering Stella and Blanche shelter after Stanley beats Stella. She has a personal understanding of the Kowalskis’ relationship because it mirrors her own.
- Steve Hubbell is Eunice’s husband, and owner of the apartment building. As one of the poker players, Steve has the final line of the play. It comes as Blanche is carted off to the asylum and Steve coldly deals another hand.
- Pablo Gonzales is one of the poker players, who punctuates games with Spanish phrases.
- African American Woman is a non-naturalistic character; it seems that the actor playing this role is in fact playing a number of different Negro women, all minor characters. Emphasizing the non-naturalistic aspect of the character, in the original production of Streetcar, the “Negro Woman” was played by a male actor.
- A Strange Man (The Doctor) arrives at the end to bring Blanche on her “vacation.” After the Nurse has pinned her, the Doctor succeeds in calming Blanche. She latches onto him, depending, now and always, “on the kindness of strangers.”
- A Strange Woman (The Nurse) is a brutal and impersonal character, institutional and severe in an almost stylized fashion. She wrestles Blanche to the ground.
- A Young Collector comes to collect money for the paper. Blanche throws herself at him shamelessly.
- A Mexican Woman sells flowers for the dead during the powerful scene when Blanche recounts her fall from grace.
For more information on auditions, contact us at (513) 241 – 6550. Check us out on the web @ www.cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com
Cincinnati Federal Savings is the 2013 – 2014 Season Sponsor for the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Avenue, 45238.