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A Streetcar Named Desire

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A Streetcar Named Desire
Written by Tennessee Williams / Directed by Shane Bosher

Set against the grueling cotemporary landscape that is Trump’s America, the devastating masterpiece that changed theatre forever is back for Silo Theatre’s 20th milestone year as A Streetcar Named Desire fires up the mainstage at Q Theatre from August 24 -September 16.

A visitor has arrived in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Crippling debt has sunk the family estate, and a fragile and desperate Blanche DuBois seeks refuge with her sister Stella and her brooding husband Stanley. It’s a sultry, hot summer and the sexual tension and resentment is rising.

Decades after its first controversial staging in 1947, this Pulitzer award winning play continues to be both relevant and shocking. ‘It’s astonishing to me that 70 years after it first premiered it still has something complex and urgent to say about femininity, masculinity, sexuality and violence’. Says Silo Artistic Director, Sophie Roberts

Whilst staying true to the majestic prose of the great Tennessee Williams Shane Bosher’s epic production of Streetcar will speak directly to the world we live in today. ‘I want the mythic and the poetic and the real to co-exist by placing it in the here and now and not through the lens of nostalgia. This production will explore how the tender, the sensitive, the delicate are ravished and destroyed by the savage and brutal forces of modern society’. – says Bosher

Silo have assembled an incredible cast to bring what are arguably some of the greatest roles of the modern stage to life for this stunning production. Mia Blake (Angels in America, No.2) will take on pivotal role of Blanche Dubois alongside Ryan O’Kane (Home & Away, Tangiwai) as the formidable Stanley, Morgana O’Reilly (Neighbors, Housebound, Amadeus) as Stella and Toni Potter (Shortland Street, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) as Eunice. They are joined by Mark Ruka as Mitch (Cellfish, The Patriarch, The Rehearsal) Fasitua Amosa as Steve (Dirty Laundry, Auckland Daze) and Silo newcomer - Arlo Green (Boys). Outrageous Fortune star Nicole Whippy makes her main-stage and Silo debut after a 7-year hiatus, taking on a multitude of roles that showcase her incredible versatility as one of NZ’s most loved acting talents.

Named as an Aucklander of the Year in 2005 by Metro magazine, and four-time Director of the Year by The New Zealand Listener, Shane Bosher is one of New Zealand’s most prolific theatre makers. Bosher is no stranger to tackling ground-breaking and ambitious works and is best known for his incredible portfolio of work completed during his 13-year tenure as artistic director of Silo Theatre including Angels in America, When the Rain Stops Falling and Holding the Man.

A recent public opinion poll out of America rated A Streetcar Named Desire the third most influential play after Angels in America. For those Aucklanders that remember Bosher’s ambitious 2014 production of Angels in America it should be no surprise that he’s returning to Silo to direct one of the greatest contemporary works of our time.

Rangatira at Q Theatre, 305 Queen Street
Thursday August 24 – Saturday September 16.
Tuesday & Wednesday, 6.30 pm; Thursday – Saturday, 7.30pm and Sunday, 4pm
Matinee: Saturday 9 September, 1pm
Duration: 3 Hours including interval
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