A Streetcar Named Desire
by Wimberley Players
Blanche DuBois comes to visit her sister Stella in New Orleans after losing her job as a teacher and the family plantation in Laurel, Mississippi. Blanche, who is suffering from years of emotional trauma, finds life with her sister and her sister’s husband Stanley Kowalski unacceptable and challenging. The only light on the horizon is a possible romance with one of Stanley’s bowling and poker buddies, Mitch. When Blanche’s usual armor of feminine appeal fails and the difficulties with Stanley escalate to brutality, she breaks down. Stella makes the difficult decision to go along with Stanley’s wishes to have her sister committed to an institution.
The Pulitzer-Prize-winning A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams's third full-length play, opened on Broadway on December 3, 1947. Seventy-six years on, the play is still being performed around the world from university theatre to community theatre, to professional theatre with major revival productions in recent years including eight on Broadway (most recent 2012) and London’s West End (most recent 2023). It is a masterpiece in character study that resonates with issues still plaguing society today.
CALL FOR ACTORS!
All Actors Cast Will Receive a Stipend
June 3, 2023, 12 - 5 pm
The Wimberley Players, 450 Old Kyle Rd., Wimberley, Texas, 78676. The Wimberley Players are committed to casting productions based on the highest level of talent regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, body-type or age. Everyone who is dedicated to creating amazing theatre is encouraged to audition.
Contact: Trish Rigdon, Managing Artistic Director by email at managingartisticdirector@wimberleyPlayers.org or phone 512-847-0575
Directed by: Trish Rigdon
- IN PERSON by appointment, Saturday, June 3, 12 – 5 pm at 450 Old Kyle Rd., Wimberley, Texas, 78676
- If you are unavailable for the in-person audition date, please contact Managing Artistic Director Trish Rigdon to make alternate arrangements at email@example.com
- BY VIDEO accepted until Saturday, June 3, 5:00 pm
Click for Actor Information Form: https://forms.gle/G2nneySAC2M4dF869
(all actors must submit form - if auditioning by video, the form includes and upload link)
Callbacks: Sunday, June 4, 4 – 6 pm at 450 Old Kyle Rd., Wimberley, Texas, 78676
How to Prepare: Please prepare at least one dramatic monologue (2 minutes or less) of your choosing. Memorized helps the director see you at your best but do not worry – if you have to read, then read it well. This play takes place in New Orleans but there will be a variety of other Louisiana as well as Mississippi accents. Please feel free to try doing the monologue with an accent but it is not required for the audition. If you try it with an accent, you may also be asked to repeat it without the accent.
Rehearsals: July 17 - August 24, 2023, Mon – Thur, 7 – 10 pm with possible occasional weekend calls for the main principals if needed.
Tech Rehearsals: Saturday and Sunday, August 26 & 27, 12:00 – 9:00 pm
Dress Rehearsals: Tuesday, August 29 to Thursday, August 31, 6 – 11:00 pm
Performance Dates: 12 Performances; September 1 - 24, Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 pm (6:00 pm call), and Sundays 2:30 pm (1:00 pm call)
Compensation: All actors receive a $150 stipend
Blanche Dubois: Widowed, thirty-something, schoolteacher from Laurel Mississippi, left to manage family estate and aging family members on her own. Suffering from years of emotional trauma and nervous exhaustion.
Stella Kowalski: Blanche’s younger sister, pregnant with her first child, married to Stanley. Enjoys life in the French Quarter. Loves her sister but escaped from their rural small-town life to the big city of New Orleans for adventure and love.
Stanley Kowalski: Thirty-something to early 40s. Loyal friend to his pals. Loves passionately but not so loyal to his wife Stella. Lives in a “man’s world” and likes it that way. Can be cruel. Does not trust Blanche to be truthful or fair about proceeds from sale of DuBois family estate. Acts on instinct.
Harold Mitchell (Mitch): Stanley’s best friend, bowling team member, poker buddy. Lives with and is protective of his mother. Attracted to Blanche. Late 30s – early 40s.
Eunice Hubbell: Owner of apartment building with husband Steve. Loyal friend to Stella. Any age over 30.
Steve Hubbell: Owner of apartment building with wife Eunice. Loyal friend of Stanley’s, bowling team member, poker buddy. Any age over 30
Pablo Gonzales: Co-worker of Stanley, Mitch, and Steve, member of bowling team, poker buddy. Late 20s – 30s
Neighbor Woman: Friend and neighbor of Eunice Hubbell. Any age.
Woman Flower Vendor: Selling “Flores para los Muertos” (Flowers for the dead). Haunting presence. Any age.
Young Collector: Attractive young man collecting for newspaper, 18 but looks young for his age.
Nurse: Stern, all business, professional. Any age late 20s or over.
Doctor: Compassionate, serious, 40s and older.