FORTUNE THEATRE

Dunedin, New Zealand

2008

When I staged this iconic American classic in New Zealand, I didn't want preconceived notions (like Vivien Leigh or Marlon Brando) to get in the way of the audience's experience. Streetcar is a classic, universal play, like Hamlet. And since we no longer feel compelled to perform Shakespeare with English accents abroad, it made sense to treat Williams with the same respect, and use New Zealand accents.

But it went much deeper than accents. I also felt it important to translate the ethnic and class differences in the play from 1940's New Orleans to Kiwi culture. Therefore, the play's ethnic mix was deliberately Māori, Pacific Island, and Pākehā (white New Zealander) rather than Polish, Mexican, and "Negro" as Williams calls for. This approach was not without controversy, but I felt strongly that the play should not be an exhibit under glass, or a pastiche of a famous film. It should be a living, vital event that we can experience as if for the first time.

This production was also presented a year later at the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival with the original lead actors from New Zealand.

TEAM

Scenery | Peter King

Costumes | Maryanne Wright Smyth

Lighting | Alan Surgener

Sound | David Good

Fights | Allan Henry

Stage Management | Brendan van den Berg

Direction | Jef Hall-Flavin

CAST

Blanche Dubois | Jude Gibson

Stanley Kowalski | Jarod Rawiri

Stella Kowalski | Jacqueline Nairn

Harold "Mitch" Mitchell | Errol Shand

Eunice Hubbell | Carol Smith

Steve Hubbell | Chris Horlock

Pablo Gonzales | Brian Rankin

Young Man/Tamale Vendor | Cameron Taylor

Matron/Prostitute | Mārama Grant

Doctor/Drunk Man | Brian McNeill

Mexican/Negro Woman | Olivia Muliaumaseali'i

PROVINCETOWN CAST

Young Man/Tamale Vendor | Ben Berry

Matron/Prostitute | Susan Grilli

Doctor/Drunk Man | Scott Hayes 

Mexican Woman | Carol Smith

WHAT PEOPLE SAID

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