'A Streetcar Named Desire' to Arrive at Augustana Feb. 24

Augustana’s theatre season continues with performances of Tennessee Williams’ acclaimed play, A Streetcar Named Desire, directed by Dan Workman.

Performances will be held at Augustana’s Edith Mortenson Center Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 - 26 and at 7:30 p.m. March 3 - 5.

Widely considered a landmark play, Streetcar deals with the culture clash between two iconic characters: Blanche DuBois, a fading relic of the Old South, and Stanley Kowalski, a rising member of the industrial, urban working class.

Having lost her teaching job and the family plantation home, Blanche sets off for New Orleans to stay with her sister, Stella, who is married to the brutish Stanley Kowalski. While she tries hard to hang on to her poise and culture, Blanche’s destructive tendencies – think delusions of grandeur and alcoholism – push their way to the surface.

After Stanley exposes Blanche’s faults to her would-be suitor, Blanche finds herself caught between fantasy and reality as she tries to manage the industrial culture of the city while fending off Stanley.

Streetcar won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948, and has been described as “eye-opening,” “powerful” and “unlike any other.”

The cast includes Keanna Casanova, Sioux Falls, S.D., ’12; Matt Cook, Adrian, Minn., ’11; Leah Hilsabeck, Milford, Iowa, ’11; Mo Hurley, Sioux Falls, S.D., ’14; Jared Mitchell, Welch, Minn., ’12; Megan McDonald, Sioux Falls, S.D., ’12; Bryan Okerlund, Sauk Centre, Minn., ’12; Casey Ring, St. Paul, Minn., ’12; Martha Stai, Inwood, Iowa, ’11; Kayla Straub, Ashland, Mo., ’11; Josh Thies, Sioux Falls, S.D., ’13; and Zack Truelson, Sioux Falls, S.D., ’14. The design team also features many students: Katharine Demke, Bismarck, N.D., ’11; Justin Duffield, Rapid City, S.D., ’11; Caleb Ruppert, Marshall, Minn., ’12; and Josh Thies, Sioux Falls, S.D., ’13.

Tickets are available at www.augietickets.com or by calling 605.274.5320. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and students, and are free with an Augustana ID.

Kelly Sprecher
Director of Communications & Media Relations