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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

By Tennessee Williams october 10, 11, 14–17 | 7:30 pm october 11, 12, 19 | 2:00 pm october 19 | 7:00 pm utexas.edu/finearts/tad

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friday, october 10–sunday, october 19 oscar g. brockett theatre F. Loren Winship Building The University of Texas at Austin

a streetcar named desire

by tennessee williams

THIS PRODUCTION WAS CREATED IN COLLABORATION BY THESE ARTISTS: Scott Bussey- Technical Director Andrew Carson- Lighting Designer Barney Hammond- Voice and Dialect Coach Jess Hutchinson- Director Jared LeClaire- Sound Designer Sam Lipman- Composer Toby Minor- Fight Choreographer Mercedes O’Bannion- Costume Designer Teena Sauvola- Set Designer Katie Van Winkle- Dramaturg Kyle Winkelmann- Stage Manager

CAST Eunice Woman Stanley Kowalski Harold Mitchell Stella Kowalski Blanche DuBois Steve Pablo Young Man Flower Seller Matron Doctor

Tyler English-Beckwith Alani Rose Chock Keith Machekanyanga Stephen Mabry Alyse Ullery Juliet Robb Josh Fisher Joey Gomez Kevin Hippler Abigail Vela Katie Baskerville Joshua "Basil" Brown

There will be two 10-minute intermissions. A St r e e tc a r N a m e d D e s i r e is presented by special arrangement with D ramatists P lay S ervice , I nc ., N ew Y ork .

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TEXAS PERFORMING ARTS THANKS OUR 2014/2015 PRESENTING SPONSOR


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NOTE FROM THE DRAMATURG Imagine you are sitting in a theatre, waiting for a play to begin. It’s by Tennessee Williams, and it’s called Go, Said the Bird! Or maybe Blanche’s Chair in the Moon. Or Stella for Star, or Interior: Panic, or Electric Avenue, or The Primary Colors, or The Passion of a Moth, or The Poker Night. Or A Streetcar Named Desire. Today we nickname the play “Streetcar.” Iconic as it is, its history is one of invention, revision, adaptation, and reconsideration. Tennessee Williams once said “No play of mine is ever finished, even after production.” He wrote draft after draft of Streetcar, experimenting with at least eight different titles along the way. What would American theatre be without Blanche, Stella...and Ralph? (The title page from one early draft bears a note in Williams’s handwriting: “Typist - please change ‘Ralph’ to ‘Stanley’ wherever found in script.”) Our production offers up another “draft” of Streetcar, Williams’s forever “unfinished” masterpiece. This giant and voluptuous play encompasses at once tormented interiority and a hurricane season of forces shaping American society in the middle of the twentieth century. Themes that may sound dry and academic--domestic and sexual violence, the treatment of mental illness, the precarious economic position of women after World War II, class conflict, ethnic and racial prejudice, the reintegration of veterans into civilian life-cohere into lived realities, tangled up with

the poison and power of family ties, of lust and tenderness, death and terror, ambition and desperation. UT treasures an enduring connection to this magnificent playwright: the Tennessee Williams collection in our Harry Ransom Center is the most extensive in the world. The manuscripts, letters, scrapbooks, photographs, and other documents, boxed up neatly, stretch over 31.5 linear feet. In fact, this collection is so essential that in writing his memoirs, Williams had to borrow materials from Austin to illustrate his own life. Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), or “Tom,” was born Thomas Lanier Williams III in Columbus, Mississippi. He lived a restless life, from his brief stint chicken-sitting at a ranch in California, to his travels between New York and New Orleans, Key West and Taos, Barcelona and Rome. While best known for his plays, Williams also wrote novels, short stories, screenplays, poetry, and autobiography. He broke records in “The Great Fifth Avenue Bookstore Riot,” signing over 800 copies of his sexy, funny, factually-contested memoir Memoirs (1975). His poetic, rebellious work spanned five decades, exciting both adulation and condemnation. He wrote, “When people have spoken to me of ‘genius,’ I have felt an inside pocket to make sure my wallet’s still there.” The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Camino Real, Sweet Bird of Youth, The Night of the Iguana...suffice to say, Williams’s influence on contemporary drama is immeasurable. --Katie Van Winkle

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CAST

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Katie Baskerville

Tyler English-Beckwith

Joshua "Basil" Brown

Alani Rose Chock

Josh Fisher

Joey Gomez

Kevin Hippler

Stephen Mabry

Keith Machekanyanga

Juliet Robb

Alyse Ullery

Abigail Vela


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CREATIVE TEAM SCOTT BUSSEY (Technical Director)

has been the technical director for Texas Performing Arts at The University of Texas at Austin since September of 2000. A graduate from the University of WisconsinMilwaukee with a B.F.A. in Technical Theatre Production, he started out as a master carpenter before beginning his career as technical director. Most recently he was the head of carpentry for Cirque du Soleil's Alegria at the Beau Rivage hotel and Casino in Biloxi, MS.

Andrew Carson (Lighting Designer) is an M.F.A. candidate at UT. Andrew earned his B.F.A. in Lighting Design from The Savannah College of Art & Design. Professional designs include The Full Monty, The Spitfire Grill, The Unexpected Guest, Moon Over Buffalo, Ordinary Days (regional premiere), and Shipwrecked! An Entertainment (winning the 2012 Suzi Award for best lighting design--regional theatre; also winning the BroadwayWorld Award for best professional lighting design). Soon Andrew will design The Marriage of Figaro. Barney Hammond (Accent/Voice Coach) has been associated with the Stratford and Shaw Festival Theatres of Canada and currently is Director of Text and Voice for Alley Theatre. He trained at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and designed the Voice Program for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. His former students include actors with Tony, Obie, Drama Desk Awards/ nominations, as well as actors, playwrights, directors, and producers in the London, New York, and Regional theatre, television, and film. Jess Hutchinson (Director) creates epic, intimate, theatrical events that explore and explode the necessary connections that forge our human experience. A third-year M.F.A. Directing candidate, her work has included Dead Man’s Cell Phone, ‘ratio, and We Are

StarStuff. Before returning to school, she served as artistic director of Chicago’s New Leaf Theatre. Favorite productions include Arcadia, The Dining Room, The Man Who Was Thursday, Burying Miss America (New Leaf), and Hideous Progeny (LiveWire Chicago Theatre). jesshutchinson.com

Jared LeClaire (Sound Designer) began designing for performance while in college in Georgia. He is currently a second-year graduate student in the Integrated Media for the Performing Arts Program at UT. Most recently, Jared has designed sound for UT productions of Dead Man's Cell Phone and The Pillowman. After graduation, Jared plans to pursue a career as a professional stage designer. jaredleclairedesign.com Sam Lipman (Composer/Pianist) hails from Sydney, Australia. After eight years of musicmaking in New York City, Sam relocated to Austin where he is completing his B.M. in Composition. After graduating next May, Sam intends to create Austin's first Film and TV Large Music Ensemble. Mercedes O’Bannion (Costume Designer)

is a third-year M.F.A. Costume Design candidate. She has a B.A. in Theatre Design & Production from Arizona State University. This past year she designed costumes for Our Country's Good, Church of the Passionate Cat, and Bright Now Beyond. This year she will also design for The Blue Angel.

Teena Sauvola (Scenic Designer) is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Scenic Design at The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently she worked for a children's museum designing new and interactive exhibits, which inspire life-long learning in youth. With two more years of education left, Teena hopes to do many more shows at UT. Katie Van Winkle (Dramaturg), a second-year Ph.D. student in the Performance as Public Practice program, received her B.A. from Swarthmore College and her M.A. from the National University of Ireland, Galway. Most

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recently, she directed Lydia Blaisdell's Old Broads and Joanna Garner's Please Open Your Mouth. She is currently performing in the world premiere production of Am I White at Salvage Vanguard Theatre (October 1-18).

Kyle Winkelmann (Stage Manager) began working tech and stage managing at Jersey Village high school in Houston. He most recently worked on Advance Man as stage manager and Dial “M� for Murder as assistant stage manager. After graduating in May 2016 Kyle plans to stage manage professionally.

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University Theatre Guild’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Katie Baskerville (Matron) is a third-year B.A. Theatre and Dance major with a focus in acting and directing. Her recent roles include The Importance of Being Earnest as “Lane” and The Beauty Queen of Leenane as “Mag Folan.” She is currently the president of the University Theatre Guild and a coproducing artistic director for the Round About Players.

Kevin Hippler (Young Man) will graduate with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance in May. His recent credits at UT include "Wisehammer" in Our Country's Good, "Dirt" in Or, The One with the Dogs, and Tales from the Night Vale. Other roles include "Nicky" from Avenue Q and "Cornelius" in The Matchmaker.

Tyler English-Beckwith (Eunice) is a fourthyear Theatre and Dance and Black Studies double major at The University of Texas at Austin. She recently performed in The Storm, Eye of the Beholder, and The Scarlet Letter. She is elated to be a part of A Streetcar Named Desire. Joshua “Basil” Brown (The Doctor) began performing at Easy Central High School in San Antonio. Most recently he performed in Tales From Night Vale as "Mortimer" as well as two other roles, and in The Somewhat True Tales of Robin Hood as "Fawning Lad." After graduating in 2015 with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance he plans to experiment with acting for the screen. Alani Rose Chock (Woman) is a third-year B.A. Theatre and Dance student at UT. She began performing in junior high at Lubbock Roosevelt I.S.D. Most recently, she performed in Still Now as part of the dance ensemble and 70 Secrets Of Marmalade Kittens as "Kitten." Josh Fisher (Steve) is a sophomore in the B.F.A. Acting program. He is very excited and honored to be a part of the cast of A Streetcar Named Desire. Joey Gomez (Pablo) is in pursuit of a B.A. in Theatre and Dance with a focus in acting. Roles portrayed prior to his formal educational pursuits include "Paul" in A Chorus Line and "Mistofoles" in Cats. He most recently portrayed "Rosencrantz" in The

Stephen Mabry (Harold Mitchell) originally from La Porte, Texas is now a third-year B.F.A. Theatre Studies major at UT. He is an associate artist with Underbelly Theatre Company and has performed in Our Country's Good, Slip River and The Church of the Passionate Cat. Upon graduating from the 40 Acres, he plans to return and teach to share what he found in theatre at the high school level. Keith Machekanyanga (Stanley Kowalski) is a second-year B.F.A. in Acting major. Keith was born in Zimbabwe, Africa and moved with his family to the United States in the year 2000. He grew up performing in high school in the Dallas area. Most recently he performed in The Pillowman as “Detective Tupolski,” and ‘ratio as “King Fortinbras.” As he continues as an undergraduate, he desires to continue learning as an actor. Juliet Robb (Blanche DuBois) most recently performed in 'ratio, written by David Turkel. Last year's productions include Dial "M" for Murder, The Farewell and The Letter. Next summer Juliet will be moving to Chicago to pursue her career in acting and improv comedy. Alyse Ullery (Stella Kowalski) began performing in high school in the Dallas area. Most recently she performed in We Are StarStuff as "Caroline." She also served as the events coordinator for Alpha Psi Omega theatre fraternity for two years. After graduating in May with a B.A. in Theatre and Dance and a B.A. in Government with Honors she plans to pursue law school.

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Abigail Vela (Flower Seller) began acting at La Joya High School. She was recently seen last semester in Professor Andrew Carlson's production of Hamlet as "Hamlet". She is a double major in Theatre Arts and International Relations & Global Studies and believes the future will open doors of infinite possibilities after graduation.

director's council The Department of Theatre and Dance Director’s Council is a premier volunteer group designed to foster strong and collaborative connections between The University of Texas at Austin and the local community by supporting initiatives in marketing, public relations, student recruitment and development. As advocates for the department, this group of alumni, parents and fine arts supporters play a key role in continuing to build a professional theatre and dance training program serving thousands of talented Texans for generations.

2014–2015 Director’s Council Members Carol Smith Adams Francesca Brockett and Jim Pedicano Barrett Bruce Jean Cheever Joanna and Jack Crosby Dee Dawson Gary Farmer JoLynn Free Missy Grimes Pam and Edmund Mcllhenny

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Annie McKinnon Debbie Oliver Miriam Relyea Russ Sartain Nancy Scanlan Marc Seriff Laura Sheffield Karen Skolnik Leah Stolar Sharon Watkins


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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE CREW Assistant Stage Manager Jennifer Pacheco

Properties Supervisor Rebecca Switzer

Costume Shop Project Manager Darcy Weberg

Assistant Lighting Designer Chian-Ann Lu

Properties Assistant Supervisor Rikki Perez

Costume Production Crew Chiefs Justin Codlings Kristen Womble

Assistant Sound Designer Sloan Buffum-Robbins Assistant Costume Designer Kelsey Vidic Assistant Dramaturg Nicole Oglesby Scene Shop Supervisor J. E. Johnson Charge Scenic Artist Karen Maness Assistant Charge Scenic Artist Kara Konop Master Carpenter Kate Vaughn

Prop Master Rikki Perez Prop Shop Graduate Assistant Yongmin Lee Prop Artisan Kiara Mcgee Prop Stock Manager Victoria Solorio Props Administrative Assistant Victoria Solorio

Costume Construction Crew Ty Clark Rosalind Faires Nicolette Greco Adrienne Greenblatt Victoria Johnson Patricia Kelly Marymar Martinez Sneha Mehta Jossina Nicholson Allison Wojtowecz Wig And Makeup Specialist Allison Lowery

Lead Carpenters Dwight Monteith Hank Schwemmer

Props Construction Crew Jada Cadena Roseanne Carreon Jasmine Groff Chris Montalvo Mellinette Pallares Esther Peralez Kinsey Schackleford

Graduate Teaching Assistants Bruno Houle Michael Krauss Ian Loveall David Molina

Scenery/Props Crew Austin Dowling Cosme Flores Trent Lockwood Luke Mire

Costume Crafts Supervisor Tanya Olalde

Production Assistants Ian Alexander Hanna Bernbaum Fallon Christian Olivia Dunn Terri Hillis Kiara Mcgee Kay Mcguire Haley Libbey Ian Moser Tori Ray Scarlet Robertson Caitlyn Thibodeaux Kevin Tran Ursula Walker Julia Zamba

Costume Shop Supervisor Patricia M. Risser

Costume Craft Assistant Erica Hohn

Drapers Betty Chlystek Sarah Lankenau Emily Robinson Kristen Weller

Costume Shop Office Assistants Matthew Hernandez Morgyn Utzman

Fall 2014 Scenic Art Class Chase Gladden Erin Haynes Kat Hyde Michael Krauss Madison Russ Christopher Tacderas

1st Hands Jaqueline Landsmen Alison Reid Roxanne Rohmann Kelsy Vidic Stitchers Bridget Berlanga Malorie Dragna Dinh Duyen Mehgan Mckinney Kristen Mellberg Allison Reid Kelly Ruiz

Wig Area Assistant Katie Baskerville Wardrobe Crew Supervisor Jaquiline Landsmen Wardrobe Crew Rana Tchuente Jacob Thompson Morgan White

Costume Stock Supervisor Patricia M. Risser Costume Stock Manager Andie Day Costume Stock Assistants Casey McCool Laura Rogers Rama Tchuente Supervising Electrician Austin Shirley

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A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE CREW (Continued) Lighting Design Teaching Assistants Rachel Alulis Andrew Carson Yi-Tai Chung Kate Ducey Lacey Erb Chain-Ann Lu Po-Yang Sung Texas Performing Arts Electrics Crew Lauren Gallup Nolan Thomas Maegan Wilson Akisa Yokomizo Theatre And Dance Student Electrics Crew Erica Ayala Tyler Brown Taylor Eisenberg Meghan Enright Janice Fabunan Katherine Farmer Dakota Salazar Alexander Van Niman Light Board Operator Harrison Harvey Audio Supervisor Michael Malak

Media Crew Robert Di Donato Nathan Jackson Emily Vialpando Media Board Operator Aaron Schulze Directing Advisor Sarah Rasmussen Stage Management Advisor Rusty Cloyes Costume Design Advisor Susan Mickey

Academic Production Manager David Stewart Photographer Lawrence Peart Graphic Designer Morgan Bathe Monica Griffin Special Thanks Harry Ransom Center Tofte Lake Center Patrick Bellino 4 Wall Lighting (New York)

Costume Technology Advisor James Glavan Lighting Design Advisor Michelle Habeck Integrated Media Advisor Sven Ortel Dramaturg Advisor Andrew Carlson Liz Engelman Scenic Design Advisor William Bloodgood

Audio Board Operator Alejandro Herrera

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Coming to the stage Introducing the 2014/2015 Subscription Series Esperanza Rising

The Blue Angel

Story by Pam Muñoz Ryan Adaptation by Lynne Alvarez October 3–12, 2014 Forced to flee from Mexico to California during the Great Depression, a young girl must overcome adversity and find unexpected inner strength.

An original idea developed by The Moving Company February 12–15, 2015 Inspired by The Blue Angel, this new work follows the rise of cabaret singer Lola-Lola, played by icon Marlene Dietrich in the original film. Consumed by desire for LolaLola, an esteemed professor descends into madness as the singer’s star ascends.

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Fame The Musical Conceived and Developed by David De Silva Book by Jose Fernandez Lyrics by Jacques Levy Music by Steve Margoshes November 21–December 6, 2014 Based on the Academy Award-winning film and hit television series, Fame The Musical is the unforgettable journey of a group of dedicated students with stars in their eyes.

Dance Repertory Theatre presents

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March 6–14, 2015 The award-winning ensemble Dance Repertory Theatre performs innovative dance works by nationally renowned choreographers, including New York-based artists Kate Watson-Wallace and Sidra Bell.

The Cohen New Works Festival Presented by BROADWAY BANK April 13–17, 2015 Presenting over 30 new works to more than 7,000 attendees in five days

For more information about the 2014-2015 season, including additional events, visit JoinTheDrama.org Titles and dates are subject to change

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