Lane Cove Theatre Company
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
By Tennessee Williams
Directed by Kathryn Thomas
Friday 4 June 6:00pm - 10:00pm
and Sunday 6 June 10:00am - 4:00pm
The Living and Learning Centre
Level 1. 180 Longueville Road Lane Cove
When Blanch BuBois arrives at her sister Stella’s French Quarter apartment, her intent is simple: to take some time off from her stressful teaching career and break the news about the unfortunate loss of the beloved family plantation. Blanche is a fading Southern belle whose pretentions to virtue only thinly mask her alcoholism and delusions of gradeur. During the course of her visit, Blanche’s thinly-veiled veneer is suddenly cracked by Stella’s husband, Stanley Kowalski. Stanley is a true force of nature: primal, rough-hewn, brutish, and sensual. Their collision course threatens to take down everyone in its path in a clash of lies, propriety, madness and primal instinct.
Age Range: 30-38. Must be muscular, well-built. NOT looking for an imitation Marlon Brando. 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.
Age Range: 28-35. Blonde, voluptuous, 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.
Mitch (Harold) Mitchell:
Age Range: 35-42. Big, muscular and a bit thick. 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. Quiet, brooding type and a bit shy. Not as “smooth” as he’d like to be with the ladies. There’s an undercurrent of wistfulness and desperation about him that becomes explosive when he feels he’s been cheated out of his “last chance.”
Age Range: 33-38. Slender, dark, and with fragile features. Where Stella is vivacious, Blanche is careful and reserved. 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.
Age Range: 35-40. 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.
Age Range: 40-45. 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.”
Woman of Colour: Has a “seen it all” look about her. Stage presence expanded upon original script role.
Woman & Street Person : A flower vendor. Stage presence expanded upon original script role.
Pablo Gonzalez: Age Range: 30-38. Friend of Stanley’s. Small, in-shape but wiry.
Sailor, Street Person #2 and Young Collector: Teenager, a bit innocent for his age and tall and gawky. Stage presence expanded upon original script role.
Nurse and Street Person #1: Officious and business-like in manner. Tone is “no nonsense.” Stage presence expanded upon original script role.
Doctor and Street Person #4: World-weary and all too familiar with those who’ve “checked out” mentally. Senses Blanche’s fragility and tries to make the best of a bad situation. Stage presence expanded upon original script role.
Auditionees are asked to choose a dramatic monologue suitable to the role that you are auditioning for. You will also be asked to do a cold read from the script.
Book your audition here.