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A Streetcar Named Desire

AUDITIONS

 

WHEN: Wednesday, August 9, 6:30pm-9pm & Saturday, August 12, 1pm-3pm 

LOCATION: On Stage Playhouse, 215 High School Avenue, Monroe, GA.

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REQUIREMENTS: 

Come any time during the audition dates and times.  Auditions will last about 30 minutes.   

*There will be cold readings from the script. 

*Bring your calendars and be prepared to note any rehearsal conflicts from the information below. 

REHEARSALS:

First rehearsal will be Tuesday, August 15th 6:30pm-9:00pm. Rehearsals will continue Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:30pm-9:00pm and Saturdays from 2:00pm-5:00pm. A more detailed rehearsal schedule will be available at the first rehearsal.

PERFORMANCES:

October 6, *7, 13, 14, 20 & 21, 2023 at 8pm,

October 17 at 7:30pm,

October 15 & 22 at 2pm

SUMMARY:

About A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: Blanche DuBois, a woman whose fortunes have changed for the worse, comes to live with her sister Stella and her brother-in-law Stanley in New Orleans. In Blanche and Stanley, Tennessee Williams created two of the stage’s truly great characters. Blanche faces alcoholism, faded beauty, and lost status; she tries to cover up past scandals both as a teacher and in her marriage, all while desperately trying to keep up the appearance and her own delusion that she’s still attractive to men. Stanley, meanwhile, is a primal force, all emotion, passionate, and abusive. The conflict between Stanley and Blanche is inevitable.

CHARACTERS: 

Actors of ALL ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Ages represent the age of the characters. The age and physical requirements listed for each character are a guide and are not necessarily final casting requirements. All those cast must be at least 18.  

The play takes place in New Orleans, Louisiana. The accent of the most of the characters is NOT a southern drawl. Only Blanche has a genteel, Southern belle drawl, not overly strong. Stella still has a bit of a Southern drawl but has lost some of it through the years of living in New Orleans. Pablo and the Mexican woman would have Spanish accents. All those auditioning will be asked to do a reading from the script depending on the character for which you are auditioning. 

 

Blanche Dubois

Slender, dark, and with features and a demeanor that connote an emotionally fragile person. Raised with money but now destitute, her grip on reality is far too loose, carries eternal guilt, has a way with words and possesses an alarming internal dialogue. She is a complex and contradictory character, an alcoholic, whose helplessness, fragility and vulnerabilities foreshadow her tragic end When Blanche arrives at the Kowalskis she’s tired but she hasn’t given up, not just yet, but you can “smell the desperation.” Her beauty from times past has to shine through in the beginning and slowly, as the play progresses, we see the “light of life” fade.

Gender: Female 

Age: 30 to 35 

Stanley Kowalski

Stanley is shrewd and manipulative, always “working an angle.” He isn’t as “sure” of himself as he projects. Blanche represents a “reminder” of what Stella gave up to be with him, and thus a threat to his life as he knows it. He is lean, vibrant, radiates energy; has dirt under his nails. Unshakeable world view and sees his commonness as above Blanche's pretensions. He hits his wife, rapes her sister, and shows no remorse. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 25 to 35 

Stella Kowalski 

Fair, vivacious, sensual. Stella fell for Stanley because she liked the “passion” in their relationship – it made her feel “alive.” That’s actually something she and Blanche have in common when it comes to men, but it’s not something they’d ever admit to each other. Stella is happy to see Blanche but also views her visit as an invasion. Blanche represents “the past” from which Stella has moved on and to which she has no interest in returning. Married to Stanley, Stella has discovered an overpowering physical passion, which Blanche cannot understand. Stella surrenders totally to Stanley, accepting his world and its value; torn between Blanche and Stanley, she ultimately sides with her husband.

Gender: Female 

Age: 25 to 35 

Harold "Mitch" Mitchell

Shy, clumsy, but gentle and kind; devoted to his ailing mother; Stanley’s buddy from the war, work, and poker; finds himself drawn towards Blanche. Frustrated at still being single, Mitch wants someone who’s “genteel and a lady,” so he can “marry up.” He thinks he’s found that in Blanche. He sweats through his awkwardness, but is sensitive and a gentleman - until he learns the truth about Blanche's sordid past. Yet, in the end, he and Stella are the only ones who lament Blanche's fate. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 30 to 35 

Eunice Hubbell

A bit crass and rough around the edges. She’s a good friend to Stella and finds Blanche’s “I’m better than you” airs annoying and insulting. She is Stella’s friend, upstairs neighbor, and landlady. We see the low-class life of the French Quarter through her and her husband, Steve.

Gender: Female 

Age: 25 to 35 

Steve Hubbell 

Same demeanor as his wife – on the crass side and very earthy. He loves his wife in a possessive, grabby way but is still fascinated by the “lady” who comes into their midst. Given the opportunity, he’d grab Blanche in an instant for a little “footsy.” As one of the poker players, Steve has the final line of the play. It comes as Blanche is carted off to the asylum and Steve coldly deals another hand. 

Gender: Male 

Age: 25 to 40 

Pablo Gonzales

Pablo Gonzales is one of the poker players, who punctuates games with Spanish phrases. A Spanish accent should be attempted.  

Gender: Male 

Age: 25 to 40 

Negro Woman 

Has a “seen it all” air and look about her.

Gender: Female 

Age: 30 to 50

 

The Doctor

Arrives at the end to bring Blanche on her "vacation." After the Nurse has pinned her, the Doctor succeeds in calming Blanche. She latches onto him, depending, now and always, "on the kindness of strangers."

Gender: Male 

Age: 40 to 60 

The Nurse

A brutal and impersonal character; quite severe, when no straight jacket is available, she is. Could be played by either a man or a woman and be able to wrestle Blanche to the ground.

Gender: Male or Female 

Age: 30 to 45  

The Mexican Woman

The Mexican Woman sells flowers for the dead during the powerful scene when Blanche recounts her fall from grace.

Gender: Female 

Age: 18+

For more information about auditions, please contact director@onstagewalton.org

 

A Streetcar Named Desire

by Tennessee Williams

 *A Streetcar Named Desire is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc..

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