Auditions: October 5 and 6 2-5PM, Callbacks the 8th 7-10PM
Rehearsals: Rehearsals will begin as soon as casting process is complete after the Callbacks. There will be 3-4 rehearsals each week until a full rehearsal schedule begins in November. (Significant hiatuses will be taken for Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays.)
Director: Jean Reed Bahle
Stage Manager: Amie Saliba
About the Play: Tennessee Williams’ American classic reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche du Bois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject—so far as possible—the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. Circumstances land her on the doorstep of her newlywed sister, Stella and her overbearing husband, Stanley. Blanche’s fragile word shatters under the pressure brought to bear by Stanley, the small apartment in a poor block of New Orleans’ French Quarter, and the evaporation of her fantasies.
About the Cast: A diverse cast is sought to take us to the French Quarter in 1947: World War II brought thousands of servicemen and war workers to New Orleans as well as to the surrounding region's military bases and shipyards. Many of these sojourners paid visits to Bourbon Street and the Vieux Carré (Old Square) in the French Quarter. Although nightlife and vice had begun to coalesce on Bourbon Street following the closure of Storyville in the 1917, WWII produced a larger, more permanent presence of exotic, risqué, and often raucous entertainment on what became the city's most famous strip. Jean envisions a cast that can become the musicians and neighborhood residents. At least 5 Women (Ages 18-50s and 5 Men will be required).
**IMPORTANT AUDITION NOTES**: Please be sure to print out & bring the Conflict Calendar to auditions (see the link below), crossing off any days you will NOT be available to rehearse. Copies of the script will be available to check out from our Box Office beginning September 9th. A $10 cash deposit will be required. The Box Office is open M-F 10am-5pm. NO SCRIPTS WILL BE CHECKED OUT THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 30th.
Blanche DuBois (25-40) – Stella’s older sister, who was a high school English teacher in Laurel, Mississippi, until she was forced to leave her post. Blanche is a loquacious and fragile woman. After losing Belle Reve, the DuBois family home, Blanche arrives in New Orleans at the Kowalski apartment and eventually reveals that she is completely destitute.
Stella Kowalski (20-30) – Blanche’s younger sister, and of a mild disposition that visibly sets her apart from her more vulgar neighbors. Stella possesses the same timeworn aristocratic heritage as Blanche, but she jumped the sinking ship in her late teens and left Mississippi for New Orleans. There, Stella married working-class Stanley, with whom she shares a robust physical relationship. Stella’s union with Stanley is both animal and spiritual, violent but renewing.
Stanley Kowalski (25-35) – Stella’s husband, Stanley, is the epitome of vital force. He is loyal to his friends, passionate to his wife, and heartlessly cruel to Blanche. With his Polish ancestry, he represents the new, heterogeneous America. He sees himself as a social leveler, and wishes to destroy Blanche’s social pretensions. Stanley, who fought in World War II, now works as an auto-parts salesman. Practicality is his forte, and he has no patience for Blanche’s distortions of the truth. He lacks ideals and imagination.
Harold “Mitch” Mitchell (25-35) – Stanley’s army friend, coworker, and poker buddy, who courts Blanche until he finds out that she lied to him about her sordid past. Though he is clumsy, sweaty, and has unrefined interests like muscle building, Mitch is more sensitive and more gentlemanly than Stanley and his other friends, perhaps because he lives with and cares for his dying mother.
Eunice (30-50s) – Stella’s friend, upstairs neighbor, and landlady. Eunice and her husband, Steve, represent the low-class, carnal life that Stella has chosen for herself. Like Stella, Eunice accepts her husband’s affections despite his physical abuse of her.
A Young Collector (16-20) – A teenager who comes to the Kowalskis’ door to collect for the newspaper when Blanche is home alone. The boy leaves bewildered after Blanche hits on him and gives him a passionate farewell kiss.
Steve (30-50s) – Stanley’s poker buddy who lives upstairs with his wife, Eunice. Like Stanley, Steve is a brutish, hot-blooded, and abusive husband.
Pablo (20-40) – A Latino poker buddy from the neighborhood.
A Neighbor (20-50s) – African American woman from the neighborhood, friend to Eunice.
Flower Vendor (20-40s) – A Latina flower vendor constantly circling the neighborhood.
A Doctor – (30-50s) – A psychiatrist from an asylum.
A Nurse (20-40s) – A nurse who accompanies the Doctor and has a talent for subduing hysterical patient.