Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre will celebrate the New Orleans tricentennial with a performance of Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, one of the city’s most iconic and revered plays. This event will mark the third time in Le Petit’s 101-year history producing the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama. As in previous productions, there will be discussion over the role of Williams in New Orleans’ culture.
A Streetcar Named Desire is what one may call quintessential New Orleans literature, turned into one of the most meritorious plays. In prepping for the show, the cast is reminded of the timeliness of the work, “with its deeply intelligent look at class, gender and sexuality, among other topics,” says Ashley Robinson, General Manager at Le Petit.
Although the play premiered more than 50 years ago, A Streetcar Named Desire is still regarded as one of the finest plays of the 20th century. As reiterated by Robinson, the play covers a wide array of societal issues that still ring relevant today.
Playing the iconic roles of Blanche DuBois and Stanley Kowalski are Beth Bartley and Curtis Billings, respectively. Elizabeth McCoy will play Stella Kowalski and acclaimed Broadway actor Paul Whitty, who has started in Once and Amelie, will make his Le Petit debut in the role of Harold “Mitch” Mitchell. Supporting cast members are Troi Bechet as Eunice Hubbell and Zeb Hollins III as Steve Hubbell.
“As you can imagine, to say that we are immensely excited would be the understatement of 2018,” Robinson says.
The production will run March 9 through March 25 with evening performances at 7:30 p.m., and matinees at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets for the event will range from $35 to $50 for adults, and $15 for students. You can order tickets via the box office at 504-522-2081, or online at LePetitTheatre.com.