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SYNOPSIS: The play reveals to the very depths the character of Blanche duBois, a woman whose life has been undermined by her romantic illusions, which lead her to reject--so far as possible--the realities of life with which she is faced and which she consistently ignores. The pressure brought to bear upon her by her sister, with whom she goes to live in New Orleans, intensified by the earthy and extremely "normal" young husband of the latter, leads to a revelation of her tragic self-delusion and, in the end, to madness.
This Production will feature usage of multimedia projections as well as some moments of brief and partial nudity. The focus of this production will be on the sources leading to Blanche DuBois's demise and the relationships between the three main characters. This production is a re-imagined backstory for all of the characters involved without changing the text. Giving a new and insightful look at the things that shape our psyche.
|Role Name||Gender||Ethnicity||Age Range||Description|
|Blanche Dubois||Female||Any Ethnicity||41-50||Sensual, dark, and with features and a demeanor that connote an emotionally fragile person. NOT looking for an imitation of Vivien Leigh. 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 and sex addict, 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. MUST MEMORIZE 1 OF THE 2 MONOLOGUES PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script. Those auditioning for Blanche should also be prepared to sing at least one verse of the 1930's/40's classic "It's Only A Paper Moon." It is to be sung a cappella.|
|Stanley Kowalski:||Male||Any Ethnicity||25-30||Must be muscular, well-built, and around 6ft tall. NOT looking for an imitation Marlon Brando. Stanley is shrewd and manipulative, sexual, primal, and 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 vibrant, radiates energy; has dirt under his nails. Unshakeable world view and sees his commonness as above Blanche's pretensions. He hits his wife, sleeps with her sister, and shows no remorse. There must be an animalistic magnetism to him. Everyone should be attracted to Stanley, not as much because of his looks but more so for the energy and confidence he exudes. MUST MEMORIZE 1 OF THE 2 MONOLOGUES PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script.|
|Stella Kowalski||Female||Any Ethnicity||25-30||Fair, vivacious, sensual, naive. 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. MUST MEMORIZE THE MONOLOGUE PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script.|
|Harold "Mitch" Mitchell:||Male||Any Ethnicity||25-30||Tall, solidly built, 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, at the end, he and Stella are the only ones who lament Blanche's fate. MUST MEMORIZE THE MONOLOGUE PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script.|
|Eunice Hubbell:||Female||Any Ethnicity||31-40||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. MUST MEMORIZE THE MONOLOGUE PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script.|
|Steve Hubbell||Male||Any Ethnicity||31-40||Same demeanor as his wife - on the crass side and very earthy. Loves his wife in a possessive, grabby kind of 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. MUST MEMORIZE THE MONOLOGUE PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script.|
|Pablo Gonzales:||Male||Any Ethnicity||25-30||Pablo Gonzales is one of the poker players, who punctuates games with Spanish phrases. MUST MEMORIZE THE MONOLOGUE PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script. A Spanish accent should be attempted.|
|Neighborhood Woman||Female||Any Ethnicity||25-30||Has a "seen it all" air and look about her. MUST MEMORIZE THE MONOLOGUE PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script.|
|The Doctor||Male||Any Ethnicity||31-40||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." MUST MEMORIZE THE MONOLOGUE PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script.|
|The Nurse:||Female||Any Ethnicity||31-40||A brutal and impersonal character; can be quite severe, when no straight jacket is available, she is. Could be played by either a man or a woman and must be physically able to wrestle Blanche to the ground. MUST MEMORIZE THE MONOLOGUE PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script.|
|A Young Collector||Male||Any Ethnicity||18-24||needs to look younger) A teenager who comes to the Kowalskis' door to collect for the newspaper when Blanche is home alone. The boy leaves bewildered after Blanche hits on him and gives him a passionate farewell kiss. MUST MEMORIZE THE MONOLOGUE PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script.|
|Mexican Woman:||Male||South American/Latino||41-50||The Mexican Woman sells flowers for the dead during the powerful scene when Blanche recounts her fall from grace. MUST MEMORIZE THE MONOLOGUE PROVIDED FOR THE AUDITION and may be asked to read from the script. A Spanish accent should be attempted.|
|Other Non-speaking roles:||Any||Any Ethnicity||Any Age||prostitute; sailors, passersby will be played by those playing minor roles (Doctor, nurse, young collector, Mexican woman,Neighborhood Woman, Poker Players)|