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Streetcar Named Desire Scenes at Mississippi College

March 27, 2014

Scenes of the Tennessee Williams masterpiece “A Streetcar Named Desire” will be presented at Mississippi College.

The MC Department of Communication is sponsoring the production at the Aven Little Theater in the basement of Aven Hall on April 11-12.

Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948 for writing the play. Three years later, it was transformed into an award-winning movie starring Marlon Brandon, Vivien Leigh and Karl Malden. Elia Kazan directed the critically acclaimed 1951 film.

The production tells the story of fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois who leaves rural Mississippi to visit her sister, Stella Kowalski, in the French Quarter of New Orleans. “Streetcar”  takes audience on an emotional roller coaster that touches on a number of family tribulations, including alcoholism and mental illness.

MC senior accounting major Lexie Smith of Laurel will direct the play’s Scene 3. “I find the storyline is so intriguing,” she said. The scene “really grasps the audience’s attention from the beginning, and then ends at a climax, leaving the audience wanting more.”

A member of the Swannanoa Social Tribe at MC, Lexie helped with rush skits and jumped at the opportunity to serve as a student director at the Aven Little Theater.

Tickets for “Streetcar” are $3 and available each night at the door. The program on the Clinton campus is open to the public. The show begins at 7 p.m. both evenings.

The student production is part of an academic requirement for the Communication Department’s advanced play directing course.

For more information, contact Mississippi College communication professor Phyllis Seawright at 601-925-3453 or seawrigh@mc.edu