FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NEW ORLEANS, LA (JANUARY 24, 2018)
In celebration of New Orleans’ 300th Anniversary, Le Petit Theatre presents Tennessee Williams’ most iconic work – A Streetcar Named Desire. Helmed by Le Petit Theatre Artistic Director Maxwell Williams, this brand-new production marks the third time that the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama has been staged in the course of the theatre’s 101-year history.
“For theatre-lovers and students of drama all across the globe, when you think of New Orleans, you think of A Streetcar Named Desire,” says director Williams. “I can’t think of another work of literature that’s as deeply identified with a city as Streetcar is with New Orleans. And the fact that Tennessee Williams wrote this play in his apartment two doors down from our stage- it’s an amazing connection. This play is as vibrant and intense as when it first appeared in 1947.”
Starring in the iconic roles of Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski are Beth Bartley and Curtis Billings, both returning to Le Petit after appearing in last season’s Dividing the Estate. Bartley has been lauded for her performances in Williams’ roles across the country and in New Orleans, where she appeared in Southern Rep’s recent productions of Orpheus Descending and Suddenly, Last Summer. Billings, who is a graduate of NOCCA, has appeared on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, and as Tom in Le Petit’s 2016 revival of The Glass Menagerie.
Elizabeth McCoy plays Stella Kowalski and acclaimed Broadway actor Paul Whitty (Once, Amélie)
makes his Le Petit Theatre debut in the role of Harold “Mitch” Mitchell. Rounding out the cast are New Orleans’ favorites Troi Bechet (Eunice Hubbell); Zeb Hollins III (Steve Hubbell); Tracy Norwood (Nurse); John Fitzpatrick (Young Collector), Xavier Juarez (Pablo); and Mona Nasrawi (Flower Seller).
The creative team features Scenic Designer Jean Kim (LPT’s Once On This Island); costume designer Kaci Thomassie (LPT’s It’s Only a Play; The Last Five Years); Composer and Sound Designer Kevin O’Donnell (LPT’s The Glass Menagerie and Freud’s Last Session); Lighting Designer Joey Moro (Projection Design for Once On This Island); and Production Dramaturg Helen Jaksch.
WHEN: March 9 – 25, 2018
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM.
Sunday matinees at 3:00 PM.
Industry night Monday, March 19 at 7:30 PM.
TICKETS: $35-50 Adult | $15 Students. Discounted industry night: $25 (including fees).
WHERE: LE PETIT THEATRE - 616 St. Peter St. New Orleans LA 70116 | 504.522.2081
BOX OFFICE: 504.522.2081 or LePetitTheatre.com
About Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré
Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré is one of the oldest theaters in the country. It was established in 1916 and has operated continuously as a producing theater ever since, first as a community theatre, then transforming into the professional theater it is today. For one century, the theater has been housed in a historic French Quarter building of the same name. It features a 323-seat house hosting five main stage productions, casting both Equity and Non-Equity performers.