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When a mysterious invitation brings Blanche DuBois back to New Orleans, she finds herself once again face-to-face with the smoldering Stanley Kowalski. They are soon joined by luckless salesman Willy Loman and hard-drinking, hard-fighting couple George and Martha, and suddenly all bets are off. Add a folksy Stage Manager and the comic genius of The Second City team, and the question quickly becomes: Will the American theatre ever be the same?
Co-directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam and Stuart Carden, this deliciously satirical mash-up of A Streetcar Named Desire, Death of a Salesman, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Our Town opens the Gillian Theatre with a tongue-in-cheek salute to celebrated icons of American drama.
Contains strong language and adult themes. Intended for mature audiences.
Tuesdays – Saturdays 7:30pm
select Wednesdays at 3:00pm
(The Stage Manager)
(George through 7/17)
|Karen Janes Woditsch
Greg Matthew Anderson
(Willy Loman starting 8/2)
(u/s George/Willy Loman)
(u/s Stanley Kowalski/The Stage Manager)
Tim Ryder (Co-Creator)
Tim Sniffen (Co-Creator & Writer)
Michael Halberstam & Stuart Carden (Directors)
J. Cody Spellman (Assistant Director)
Rebecca Pechter (Stage Manager)
Mallory Bass (Assistant Stage Manager)
Linda Buchanan (Scenic Designer)
Jenny Mannis (Costume Designer)
Jesse Klug (Lighting Designer)
Josh Horvath (Sound Designer)
“So cleverly written, weaving together storylines, characters and relationships to create a fun spoof of these famous plays."
“Highly Recommended! 65 perfect minutes of pure fun…
performed by [some] of Chicago’s A-list actors.”
“Hysterical! The writing was tremendous!”
“This is the funniest play ever written. For anyone in any aspect of theater, for anyone who has a season subscription anywhere, for all American high school drama students."
Third Coast Review
“****! First-rate stagecraft and a first-tier acting ensemble from Writers;
sly, topical humor and breakneck pacing from Second City.”
“A slick, funny…mashup of epic proportions!”
“****! This smart send-up is a multilayered treat!”
A flawless, laugh-a-minute parody.”
Around the Town Chicago
“A wonderful tongue-in-cheek salute
to celebrated icons of American drama. Don’t miss it!”
“****! Get ready for what may be the most laugh-filled 65 minutes
you've ever spent in a theatre.”
“Highly Recommended! A brilliantly funny parody.”
Chicago Theatre Review
“Highly Recommended! A brilliant six-member ensemble of veteran actors who know these plays well enough to clearly delight in a chance to have fun with them.”
“This one-act, 70-minute juggernaut is a non-stop laugh riot,
with pacing so relentless, there’s barely enough time to catch your breath."
Post-Show Conversation: The Artist
Join us after every Wednesday evening performance (excluding previews) for a 15-minute talk-back featuring actors from the production, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.
Join us after every Tuesday evening performance (excluding previews) for a 15-minute discussion of the play, facilitated by a member of the WT Artistic Team.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
Sunday Spotlight is our exclusive series offering audiences access to the finest speakers, academics and cultural leaders. For Death of a Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf: A Parody, Matt Hovde, the Artistic Director of The Second City training center, will discuss with Writers Theatre Literary Manager Bobby Kennedy the philosophies and methods employed by the legendary institution to craft a successful comedy show. RSVP required.
Monday, June 27, 2016 at 6:30pm
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of the shows you love?
Literary Manager Bobby Kennedy will lead a 1-hour conversation and question-and-answer session with Costume Supervisor Emily Waecker. Emily will talk about how she works with our designers to bring their costume sketches to life on stage, and what it’s like to finally have a proper costume shop in WT’s new theatre center. RSVP required.
This series of events is a collaboration between WT and select North Shore libraries designed to enhance and enrich your appreciation of one WT production each season. All events are free and open to the public.
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