Inclusive Dates: 2005
Roundabout Theatre Company staged Tennessee Williams' play, A Streetcar Named Desire, at Studio 54, with first preview on March 26, 2005, opening night on April 26, 2005 and closing night on July 3, 2005. Tony award nominations went to Amy Ryan (Best Featured Actress in a Play), William Ivey Long (Best Costume Design of a Play), and Donald Holder (Best Lighting Design of a Play). Robert Brill was nomimated for a Drama Desk award for Outstanding Set Design of a Play.
Most criticism of the play focused on the character Stanley Kowalski with his 'every man' portrayal, with critics claiming that the interpretation too broadly redefined the character which playwright Williams so clearly instructed to be sexualy powerful, with 'animal joy'. Writing for Variety, David Rooney said of the play, "Right down to the clanging streetcar that thunders across the soundtrack at intervals, this production, rather than any profound personal investigation, betrays a coldly respectful surface study that too often turns away from the soulful poetry and terrible beauty of Williams' masterful play." (Variety, April 27, 2005)
Directed by Edward Hall, with set design by Robert Brill, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Donald Holder, original music and sound design by John Gromada, hair and wig design by Paul Huntley, fight direction by Rick Sordelet.
Wanda L. Houston played the part of A Negro Woman, Kristine Nielsen played the part of Eunice Hubbell, John C. Reilly played the part of Stanley Kowalski, Chris Bauer played the part of Harold Mitchell (Mitch), Amy Ryan played the part of Stella Kowalski, Natasha Richardson played the part of Blanche DuBois, Scott Sowers played the part of Steve Hubbell, Frank Pando played the part of Pablo Gonzales, Will Toale played the part of A Young Collector, Teresa Yenque played the part of A Mexican Woman, John Carter played the part of A Doctor, Barbara Sims played the part of A Nurse. Street People played by John Carter, Will Toale, Teresa Yenque, Alfredo Narciso, Starla Benford, Frank Pando. Understudies: Angela Pierce, Charles Borland, Starla Benford, Robert Emmet Lunney, Alfredo Narciso.
Written by Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire opened on Broadway in 1947 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, directed by Elia Kazan and starring Marlon Brando, Jessica Tandy, Karl Malden and Kim Hunter. The play earned Tennessee Williams a Pulitzer Prize. Countless revivals - in the United States and internationally - have taken place throughout the subsequent years, solidifying the master work as one of the most important plays of the 20th century.
Production files are contained in 3 Hollinger boxes spanning 26 folders. Comprehensive stage records are present, including lighting and costume bibles and prompt script. Administrative records include casting session notes, music licensing, artistic/management files, performance reports, press clippings and education records. A copy of the playbill and direct mail flyers are present.
Digital files include:
Costume design file (jpg scans of costume bible) (13.1 GB)
Education file (PDF of study guide and select research photographs from CD) (35.4 MB)
General Management files (contracts, music licensing, memos) (3.58 MB)
Media files (B-Roll, radio spot audio, audio interviews with Hall, Gromada, Brill) (13.1 GB)
Playbill (jpg scans of playbill) (18.4 MB)
Press clippings (PDF scan of press) (3.61 MB)
Photograph file (18 color and b&w images, includes original with Brando) (197 MB)
Script file (PDF scan) (5.54 MB)
Show art file (includes PDF, PSD, TIF formats of art and contact sheets) (65 MB)
Marketing files include:
Departmental file that includes Streetcar in the season promotions, ad placements
Marketing show file that includes art mock ups, correspondence, budgets, etc.
Access Restrictions: Open and available for research by appointment only, except as when noted.
Preferred Citation: Streetcar Named Desire, A (2005), Roundabout Theatre Company Archives
Production box 1 contains the artistic/management files, including casting session notes, author's agreement, music licensing, opening night, press clippings and education.
Production box 2 contains the artistic and stage management files, including lighting bible, set/sound/costume records and performance reports.
Production box 3 contains additional stage management files, including costume bible and blocking/calling scripts.