A Streetcar Named Desire travels to Omaha

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May 3rd, 2012

Omaha, NE – A Streetcar Named Desire has arrived, and dropped off a story full of family drama at the Omaha Community Playhouse.

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The Tennessee Williams play, A Streetcar Named Desire, is set in New Orleans post World War II.

Blanche DuBois, played by Teri Fender, steps off a streetcar named "Desire" to visit her sister. (Photo courtesy Omaha Community Playhouse)

“At the heart of that story is a family drama,” said Amy Lane, director of the Playhouse production. It’s the story of two sisters, Stella and Blanche. “Blanche has gone through some problems in their hometown of Laurel, Mississippi, she needs a savior,” Lane said.

Blanche travels to New Orleans looking for a safe haven with her little sister, who is now married to the infamously brutal Stanley Kowalski. (click the audio link above to hear a scene from the production)

Lane said the story is a classic American tragedy, filled with love, passion and marital drama.

The play “is looking at what are people’s passions, what are people’s drives. It is like that force that runs through all of our lives,” Lane said. “When these opposing passions collide, that’s when I think real drama happens.”

A Streetcar Named Desire runs through May 27th at the Omaha Community Playhouse in central Omaha.

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