Yale Rep opens its season with Tennessee Williams’ Pulitzer Prize-winning drama

Tennessee William’s classic play about a feud between Southern belle Blanche DuBois and her working class brother-in-law Stanley Kowalski will open the 2013-2014 season of the Yale Repertory Theatre.

Directed by Mark Rucker, “A Streetcar Named Desire” will be staged Sept. 20-Oct. 12 at the University Theatre, 222 York St. Opening night is Thursday, Sept. 26.

Williams’ other well-known plays include “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (winner of a 1955 Pulitzer Prize), “Camino Real,” and “The Night of the Iguana.”

The cast includes René Augesen, Joe Manganiello, Adam O’Byrne, Sarah Sokolovic, Phillip Christian, Nick Erkelens, Mercedes Herrero, Marc Damon Johnson, April Matthis, and Ken Ruta.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” features scenic design by Reid Thompson, costumes by Hunter Kaczorowski, lighting by Stephen Strawbridge, original music and sound by Steven Brush, dramaturgy by Helen C. Jaksch, and stage management by James Mountcastle.

Rucker, who is a Yale School of Drama alumnus, previously directed the Yale Repertory Theatre productions of “Twelfth Night,” “Landscape of the Body,” and ”Rough Crossing,” among others. He is the associate artistic director at American Conservatory Theater, where he has directed mainstage productions of “Maple and Vine,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and “The Beard of Avon.” He is an associate artist at South Coast Repertory, where he has directed over 20 productions including world premieres by Richard Greenberg, Christopher Shinn, Annie Weisman, and Culture Clash. Other work includes productions at Magic Theatre, Arena Stage, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, Intiman Theatre, and The Old Globe. His first feature film — “Die, Mommie, Die!” — won a special jury prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, with additional 2 p.m. matinees on Saturdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 5 (an open-captioned performance), and 12 (an audio-described show), and on Wednesday, Oct. 2. There is one Monday performance, on Sept. 23. Other special events include a reception for senior citizens at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, and Talk Back conversations with members of the cast and crew following the Saturday matinee shows on Sept. 28 and Oct. 5.

Tickets for “A Streetcar Named Desire” are $20-$98, and are available online <www.yalerep.org>, by phone at 203-432-1234, and in person at the Yale Rep box office, 1120 Chapel St.  Student, senior, and group rates are also available.

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