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A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams the pulitzer prize winning drama by

JULY 20–24 27–31 2010 SEASON

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FROM THE PRODUCERS Welcome to the 2010 State College Community Theatre Season! We’re so pleased to offer a diverse group of shows sure to make you think, laugh, cry and sing along. We are fortunate to live in such a vibrant arts and theatre community, and from that community, we’ve found a great deal of talent that we’re excited to share with you this season. It’s our community – performers, designers, musicians, volunteers, and our patrons – that all come together to transform the words and music on paper into an enjoyable evening of live theatre. You might notice that some things look a little different than you might remember from past seasons. We’ve even got a new logo! All thanks to our community of volunteers. And we’d love to have you. If you’re interested, ask any of our ushers, box office workers, or snack bar volunteers. They’ll be glad to help. You can also visit our website for more information. We invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Let us entertain you!

David Price & Amber Daughtry producers

2010 season

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Administrative Staff Producers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . David Price Amber Daughtry

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2010 Board of Directors

A Streetcar Named Desire

President • David Price Vice President • Amber Daughtry

July 20–31

Secretary • Rob Arnold Treasurer • Margaret Higgins

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Jeff Brown • Michelle Miller-Day Laura Saxe • Phillip Torbert Courtney Wozetek • Kenneth Wozetek Jerry Henry, Jr. (Immediate Past President)

The Curious Savage

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ABOUT THE PLAY A Streetcar Named Desire is one of the great American plays. It and its author, Tennessee Williams, have probably been written about more than any other dramatic undertaking except Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Different people have different ideas about the play. Most have favorite lines. Stanley screaming, “Stella!” Blanche saying, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” But is this what the play is about, or are they just memorable moments? As a director, I find it useful to start by interrogating the author as to the meaning of his play. In a letter to Elia Kazan, the play’s first director, Tennessee Williams writes, “I will try to clarify my intentions in this play. I think its best quality is its authenticity or its fidelity to life. There are no good or bad people. Some are a little better or a little worse but all are activated more by misunderstanding than malice….I don’t necessarily mean realism; sometimes a living quality is caught better by expressionism than what is supposed to be realistic treatment.” A final word about the casting of Stanley. TW has written a play about people of different classes and their miscommunication. In his America, and ours, race acts as the primary metaphor for class distinction. If he had been writing in our time, he might very well have used color as the caste difference in the play. In the segregated America of the late forties such an attempt to cast a mixed couple, let alone a black man who brutalizes a white woman onstage, would have had disastrous consequences. Would TW be offended by this creative directorial choice? He was a champion of equal rights, once strongly and publicly protesting that his play was being produced for a racially segregated audience in Washington, D.C. I think TW would be fine with an African-American Stanley but, in a post-Obama America, are we?

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SYNOPSIS

Place. The Kowalski apartment in the French quarter of New Orleans act 1. Late Spring

act 2. Summer

act 3. Early Autumn

There will be a 15-minute intermission between Act 2 and 3

THE CAST

Mabel/Flores. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BB L. Muré Eunice Hubbell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hilary Caldwell Stanley Kowalski. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Miebaka Yohannes Stella Kowalski. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sunam Ellis Steve Hubbell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gordon Robinson Harold Mitchell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Shaun McMurtrie Blanche DuBois. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Susan Riddiford Shedd Pablo Gonzales. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. Wade Wilson A Young Collector. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gabriel Senator Audiology Nurse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Michelle Miller-Day n: Boal Barn Playhouse program Doctor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Charlie Wilson ourtney.wozetek@comcast.net mer 2008 Season Hairstyles by Landon Bitner for Regis Salons of State College (814) 238-2555 1.85” DF No cameras, video cameras, or audio recording devices allowed during the show. Please refrain from using cellular communication devices during the show.

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THE STATE COLLEGE COMMUNITY THEATRE PROUDLY PRESENTS

A Streetcar Named Desire the pulitzer prize-winning drama by

DIRECTED BY

Tennessee Williams

CHARLES DUMAS

STAGE MANAGER ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER SCENIC DESIGNER MASTER CARPENTER LIGHTING DESIGNER COSTUME DESIGNER SOUND SCENIC ARTIST PROPERTY MASTER

DAVID CHARLES RACHEL REED JON VICKERS-JONES STEPHEN LUCAS NATHAN SCHWALM RAMONA BROOMER J. SAMUEL HORVATH CAT ESKEY MAGGIE LEE

PRODUCED BY

DAVID PRICE AND AMBER DAUGHTRY Lightboard Operators: Russell Jordan Poole, Ariel Weber and Maggie Lee Playbill design and layout by Tara Tallman and Phillip Mackenzie Cover design and playbill photography by Phillip Mackenzie

A Streetcar Named Desire is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York


ON STAGE TONIGHT

HILARY CALDWELL (Eunice Hubbell) is a junior, pursuing a B.A. in Theatre at PSU. She has appeared in School of Theatre shows Schoolhouse Rock! Live, The Odyssey, and Cultural Conversations 2009 and 2010. She is also a writer and the director of the SoT/Dept of Film sitcom 304, and will be appearing as “Monica” in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie in the fall for SoT. Thanks to Charles and the cast for such an amazing experience with this American classic. M, D, A, R – thank you for everything.

his fellow cast and the crew for their imagination and vision in bringing this classic story to life. MICHELLE MILLER-DAY (Nurse) is navigating her way through her first year as a member of the State College Community Theatre Board of Directors. She is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences at Penn State and, over the past few years has performed in Plaza Suite (Karen/Muriel/Norma), The Full Monty (Jeanette, The chain smoking piano player), and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Flannery, aka “ol’ elbows”) at SCCT, Lettice and Lovage (Lettice) at the Next Stage Theatre, and The Vagina Monologues (“Under the Burqua” “Memory of her Face”) at Penn State University.

SUNAM ELLIS (Stella Kowalski) is beyond thrilled to be making her SCCT debut! Amongst her favorite roles: Belinda Blair/Flavia Brent in Noises Off, Susie Monahan in Wit, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, and Viola in Twelfth Night. Sunam would like to thank the cast and crew for welcoming her, those friends who were her cheerleading squad, her boys for letting Mama out to play, and especially her amazing hubby, Joshua, for being her hero (TAMR!).

BB L. MURÉ (Mabel/Flores) is happy to once again be on the playground with good people that have a love and respect for the performing arts. “Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since YOU cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” —Thomas A. Kempis. PURA VIDA!

SHAUN T. MCMURTRIE (Harold Mitchell) returns to the SCCT stage tonight for his second role this season, having previously appeared as Poison Eddie Schellenbach in Mrs. McThing. Some of his favorite roles of the past include Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Adam in the Diaries of Adam and Eve, Max in Lend Me a Tenor, and Danny in Baby. When not involved in theatrical pursuits, Shaun works as a high school math teacher for the Bellefonte Area High School and as a research assistant for Penn State. He extends sincere gratitude to

GORDON ROBINSON (Steve Hubbell) is delighted to be working again with the wonderful people in front of and behind the scenes at the State College Community Theatre. Gordon moved to State College in 1994 and began working with the SCCT in 2003 when Shaun McMurtrie and Stephanie Gates cast him in Interlewd. Most recently, Gordon appeared this past June in Mrs. McThing. 12


ON STAGE TONIGHT

SUSAN RIDDIFORD SHEDD (Blanche DuBois) was last seen at the Boal Barn as Sophia in Fools and Helen in Wonderful Town. She received her BA in theatre from PSU under Michael Connolly and her MFA from University of Washington under Jack Clay. She has appeared locally, regionally and on Broadway. Most recently she played Rita in Educating Rita for Next Stage. Other favorite roles include Cleopatra in Anthony and Cleopatra for Wisconsin Shakespeare, The Videographer in Largely New York at the Seattle Rep, Golden Gate and Saint James, Titania in Midsummer’s for Bellevue Rep and the Inspector in Dan Sullivan’s Inspecting Carol with Seattle Rep. Susan is a founding member of the Seattle Shakespeare Company and the Artistic Director for The Nittany Valley Shakespeare Festival.

GABRIEL SENATOR ( Collector) is glad to be returning to the barn for his second season, previously seen as Larry in Cheaper by the Dozen. Outside of SCCT Gabe’s most recent acting credit included Our Town with Next Stage. Gabe will be a rising freshman at Lock Haven as a theatre major. He would like to thank his acting coach Cary Spear, and his mom and sister for giving him rides to and from rehearsal. CHARLIE WILSON (Doctor) Earlier Charlie was Juror #4 in Twelve Angry Men and believes heaven to be being in two classic plays in the same season with two outstanding casts, two superb directors, and two truly supportive staffs. His other favorite roles include: Mr. Maraczek in She Loves Me

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ON STAGE TONIGHT MIEBAKA YOHANNES (Stanley Kowalski) is an actor/writer in the NYC area. Miebaka’s 1st experience with acting came at the age of nine when he appeared as a young Mario Van Peebles in the film South Bronx Heroes. Miebaka has gone on to receive a bachelors degree in theater arts from Hunter College, where he also studied with Broadway playwright Tina Howe. As an actor Miebaka has worked with the New Federal Theater, the Caribbean Theater, and Loaves and Fish Theater company to name a few. Miebaka is very pleased to be working with this talented group of artists.

for SCCT, Arthur Rossiter in Something You Did for Next Stage, and George Fox in Romance in D for the Stone Arch Players. Charlie is an author, storyteller, keynoter, and speech coach. In 2008, he was a Finalist in the World Championship of Public Speaking. Heaven also includes Carolyn, my biggest fan. J. WADE WILSON (Pablo Gonzales) Recent graduate of Penn State. Sociology Degree and Theater Minor. Studied at Studio Theater. Acted in Cultural Conversations and Contrary to Popular Belief. First Boal Barn performance and hope to make it lasting.

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STORYCORPS SEEKS ORAL HISTORIES Interviews August 5 to September 5

StoryCorps will partner with WPSU-FM to record interviews as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Reservations can be made by calling 1-800-850-4406, or visiting storycorps.org. The MobileBooth will be parked on the corner of Allegheny and High Streets, Bellefonte—directly across from the Centre County Courthouse. Two people who know and care about each other are guided through the interview process by a trained StoryCorps facilitator. At the end of each 40-minute session, participants receive a CD copy of their interview. With participant permission, a second copy is archived for future generations at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

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ARTISTIC STAFF CHARLES DUMAS (Director) is happy to be returning to the Boal Barn where he directed his play, Brothers Keeper and performed in Driving Miss Daisy. He is the artistic director of LAF and the State College Shakespeare Festival, where he directed Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He is a professor in the School of Theatre at Penn State where he directed Fences, A Colored Museum, and Piano Lesson. His play, 9/11 A Day in the Life of A People, recently won the David Award for activism in the creative arts. Dumas is a recipient of a Pennsylvania Council of The Arts Fellowship for playwriting and lives in State College with his life-long collaborator and love, Josephine.

Park, directed by Dan Carter. He also was the Property Master for the film Team Mystery Discoverers, which recently premiered at the SOMA Film Festival at Penn State University. Last season, David stage managed SCCT’s The Mouse Trap and Cheaper by the Dozen, and is thrilled to return to work on such a beautiful piece of theatre. To Charles Dumas: It has been an absolute honor to work with you on this production, and I thank you for everything you have taught me. To Renee Kredell: Thank you for always being there for me, and continuing to be an inspiration. CAT ESKEY (Scenic Artist), a rising high school senior, has been involved in SCCT productions for the last three summers, both on and off stage. She is excited to get back to one of her favorite areas of theatre, scenic painting, as she couldn’t imagine a summer without working at the Boal Barn. Although she has never been involved with this particular production before, she is eager to see her painting come to life for it.

RAMONA BROOMER (Costume Designer) is making her costume design debut at SCCT. She has taught theater in the Department of Performing Arts at Lock Haven University since 2001. Recent costume designs include The Miracle Worker and Leading Ladies for Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. DAVID CHARLES (Stage Manager) is a Theatre Major at The Pennsylvania State University. He recently was the Assistant Property Master for URTC’s Palmer

J. SAMUEL HORVATH (Sound) is honored to be making his SCCT debut with A Streetcar Named Desire. A May graduate of Penn State with a degree in Finance and honors in theatre, Sam directed a production of Streetcar as his senior thesis, and has come to love this show. Working with Charles, David, and

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the rest of this cast and crew has been a privilege. You have truly put together a piece of art; thank you for letting me be a small piece of it. Enjoy.

Guys and Dolls with State High Thespians. Love and thanks go to her family, David R.J.S., Ellie, and Rob for all their love and support.

MAGGIE LEE (Property Master) is a vocal performance graduate of the University of the Arts who is attending Penn State in Music Education this fall. This year marks Maggie’s ninth season with the SCCT. You may have seen her already this summer as Ruth Sherwood in Wonderful Town, or in past seasons as Muzzy Van Hossmere in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sister Mary Amnesia in Nunsense, or Vicki Nichols in The Full Monty. She’s lucky enough to have a wonderful, supportive family (including an adorable tiny fiancée!) who has brought joy into her life through even the toughest of times. She’s a strong supporter of the “learn stuff through poking things” method of education, and would like to thank the cast/crew for being delightful!

NATHAN SCHWALM (Lighting Designer) has been Master Electrician for the Penn State Thespians’ productions of Hair, Sweeney Todd, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He was also the Lighting Designer for Line Mountain Council for the Arts and Humanities productions. Nathan is a recent graduate of Penn State University with a double major in Microbiology and Immunology & Infectious Disease. He will be attending Yale University in the fall as a graduate student in Microbiology. JON VICKERS-JONES (Scenic Designer) is a professional storyteller and creativity instructor from Britain. He performed in the Cumberland Valley area for many years sharing British folk tales and legends, medieval facts and fiction, and historical information about The Blitz in London. He was an instructor for Adventures in Learning at Penn State, Arts Express with the Chambersburg Area Council for the Arts, Storytelling and European history classes at schools in PA and Maryland, and Stage Odyssey at the Cumberland Valley School of Music.

RACHEL REED (Assistant Stage Manager) is pleased to return to SCCT where she is an active member and part of the box office staff. Most recently on the barn stage she was seen in Children of Eden (2009 Season). Outside SCCT, Rachel was most recently part of Sympathy Jones and seen on stage in

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