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  • A Street Car Named Desire NYC was performed by the Sydney Theatre Company and starred Cate Blanchett.
  • This production held true to the original A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway.
  • The original A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway ran from December 3, 1947 to December 17, 1949.

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Show Dates:
Nov. 27, 2009 - Dec. 20, 2009

BAM Harvey Theater
651 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, New York 11217
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Cate Blanchett as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire

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Features: An exploration of jealousy, sexuality, and Southern culture, A Street Car Named Desire NYC premiered on Broadway in December of 1947 to unanimous critical acclaim, winning its author, Tennessee Williams, the 1948 Pulitzer Prize. Sydney Theatre Company's production of A Streetcar Named Desire starred Cate Blanchett and was directed by Liv Ullmann.

Why We Go: In winter of 2009, the Sydney Theatre Company brought their traditional but deeply moving production of A Streetcar Named Desire to Brooklyn. Acclaimed Australian actress Cate Blanchett (Babel, Notes on a Scandal) starred as the fading but attractive Southern belle Blanche DuBois, while Joel Edgerton (Smokin' Aces, Kinky Boots) starred as the bestial, overtly sexual Stanley Kowalski.

  • Traditional Performance: Unlike many contemporary productions of A Streetcar Named Desire, the Sydney Theatre production stayed true to the original, and so won acclaim not for its unique interpretation, but for its stunning execution. This acclaimed version, performed at BAM Harvey Theatre in Brooklyn, introduced the play to those too young to have seen A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway.
  • Cate Blanchett: While the original production of A Streetcar Named Desire on Broadway was arguably Marlon Brando's, this production of the Tennessee Williams play was undeniably Cate Blanchett's. The Academy Award-winning actress brought to the part of Blanche DuBois new emotional depths.
  • Joel Edgerton: While Cate Blanchett received the bulk of the acclaim, Joel Edgerton deserves his share: he skillfully portrayed Stanley Kowalski not as a simple, brutish thug, but as a shrewd, street-smart, and attractive young man who sees through Blanche's various masks.

Inside Knowledge: In 1948, Tennessee Williams, author of A Streetcar Named Desire, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Read the Play: While watching the play is an unforgettable experience, reading A Streetcar Named Desire is a riveting experience, too. Be sure to pick up a copy of Tennessee William's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
  • Do Look for Joel Edgerton: This talented Australian actor, who played Stanley Kowalski in A Street Car Named Desire NYC, will star in the upcoming films The Thing, Warrior, and Say Nothing.
  • Don't Miss Cate Blanchett: While this run of A Streetcar Named Desire is over, you can still catch star Cate Blanchett in her feature-length films, including Notes on a Scandal, Babel, and The Aviator, for which she won an Academy Award.
  • Don't Bring the Kids: A Street Car Named Desire NYC features adult situations and is best enjoyed by children over the age of 13.

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