‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ a play by Tennessee Williams

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'A Streetcar Named Desire' is a 1947-written work of Tennessee Williams, which depicted sexuality, violence and a gradual, somewhat tragic fall into insanity (Kolin 60). The playing was controversial at once, as such elements at the time, let alone introduced to the public as a match, were never debated in public. The play can be classified as psychological drama because, unlike objectively, it portrays the truth as it happens in the mind. The game takes place in a climate for a limited time (about five months). Additionally, each of the eleven scenes in the play naturally lead to a climax. 

The play can be considered be classical.

Inciting Incident, Crises, and Climax

The inciting incident in this play is when Stanley meets Blanche. Tensions build up in scene 8 with Stanley’s cruel birthday present of a bus ticket back to Laurel. The crises are heightened by Stanley’s attempt at raping Blanche.  The climax of the play is when Mitch strips off Blanche’s pretensions and lays all bare truth on the table, ultimately throwing Blanche to her doom.

Setting

‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ is set up in a run-down section of New Orleans, where there is the intermingling of different cultures and many street fights (Kernan). It set in the mid-1930s.

Staging

The play needs a set which both displays the inside of Kowalski’s apartment as well as the street. The two points of view assist in showcasing the contrast that exists between the fantasies that go through the human mind and reality. Due to the aspect of a manifestation of what goes on in the mind, the play will be set in a non-realistic manner.

A proscenium stage combined with a box set will be used to ease on the actors’ movement about the stage and the hiding of props which are not on set at any particular scene. The use of a proscenium stage will greatly aid in set changes as unused items can easily be hidden from the audience line of sight ("Scene Design and Stage Lighting."). Special effects will need to be used on set as the ideas in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ are not only presented through words but also through sound and light effects. The scenery of the play, however, will not need to move.

Costumes

The costumes that will be used for the play will be appropriate to the time period in which the play is set. Furthermore, the dressing by characters like Blanche is used to communicate about her personality. Neither wigs nor special makeup will be needed in this play.

Lighting

Non-realistic lighting will be used as it is required that figures be projected on the walls and they play a crucial role in the play. The lighting will be used to create moods depending on the character and scene. Sexual, somber, and depressed moods are just a few which will be employed in this play. However, the lights will not be used to depict time.

Characters

Stanley Kowalski

Stanley is crude, vulgar and common. On a positive note, he is quite frank in his ways. He is always determined to enjoy what is his.

Blanche DuBoi

Blanche is delicate, refined and sensitive. Blanche would never knowingly hurt a person. After the death of her young husband, all that Blanche had dreamt of was to live in a fantasy world in a bid to erase all the cruel memories from her past life.

Conclusion

The reason why I chose this play is because it is considered as one of the classics of all time in American history. I like the fact that the author, Tennessee Williams, redefined the game by going against what was considered as proper in American theaters at the time of writing this wonderful script.

Works Cited

Kernan, Alvin B. "Truth and Dramatic Mode in A Streetcar Named Desire." Modern Drama 1.2 (1958).

Kolin, Philip C. "A Streetcar Named Desire." Tennessee Williams: A Guide to Research and Performance (1998): 51-79.

"Scene Design And Stage Lighting." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6Th Edition (2016): 1-3. Academic Search Premier. Web. 7 Feb. 2017.

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