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St. Andrews presents A Streetcar Named Desire

Lauren Lamothe
Communications Intern

Laurinburg, N.C. – On Friday, the Morris Morgan Theatre at St. Andrews Presbyterian College will transform into New Orleans in the late 1940s as the theatre department presents A Streetcar Named Desire.

The curtain will rise at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16. Additional performances will take place Oct. 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. General admission is $6 and student admission is $3.

Written by American playwright Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire earned Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1947.

“The St. Andrews Theatre Program nominated this play due to the fact that the characters are real people with a great deal of depth and very human needs” said Mark Mannette, play director and assistant professor of theatre.

This play deals with a societal conflict between two representative characters. Senior Cam Abernathy, who was the lead in the spring production of Threepenny Opera, will play the role of Stanley Kowalski.

“Stanley is very brutish and quick to anger,” Abernathy said. “He is a rough modern man with a taste for crude jokes and poker.”

In contrast to this dominant male is the southern belle Blanche DuBois, portrayed by St. Andrews theatre veteran senior Greta Friesen.

“She’s schizophrenic,” Friesen said of her character. “She is very idealistic. She sees things in a fairy tale world and she has issues facing reality. She is a deceiver who does things to get what she wants. She is very childlike in a way. It’s a kind of regression from having grown up too quick because of witnessing horrific things.”

Caught between these strong-willed characters is Stella, portrayed by St. Andrews newcomer Alex King.

“She has an animal-like husband she puts up with because he provides food and shelter for her and her sister is crazy and wants to be a princess that Stella will cater to,” King said. “Stella is torn apart between the two.”

Rehearsals for this well-known drama have proven to be a challenge.

“It’s more difficult portraying this character than it seems,” Abernathy said. “There’s a lot of yelling. I’ve been getting out any anger I have on stages. It’s like therapy.”

Friesen agrees, “There is a much higher intensity in these rehearsals than anything else we’ve done before. There is a stronger emotional aspect than we had in the comedies. The character dynamics are so intense. Rehearsals are emotionally exhausting.”

“We’re all working well together,” adds King. “We’re friends outside of theatre and there are times when, if we need to, we’ll make a run to a local fast food place after rehearsal to relax.”

All three agree that the investment will yield strong dividends.

“It is one of the strongest productions we’ve done here,” Friesen said. “The dynamics we are creating are beyond previous performances. We’ve done nothing on par with this before. It’s a big step for the program to undertake. I was worried in the beginning since this is one of my favorite plays but people are really stepping up to the challenge. This is a play where you have to do a good job acting to make it work and it’s been amazing.”

“This is a classic play,” Abernathy said. “We’ve done a good job preparing and everyone is putting in hard work to make it the best production we’ve done. You’ll feel like you’re there.”

The play opens Oct. 16 in the Morris Morgan Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Additional performances will take place Oct. 17, 23 and 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. General admission is $6 and student admission is $3.

For more information about this production or the theatre program in general, call 910-277-5498 or

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