Tennessee Wiliams, a Streetcar Named Desire

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A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams I had the opportunity to enjoy the play A Streetcar Named Desire directed by Ladislav Smoček at Činoherní klub[1] a week ago as it has been performed there since October 12, 2011. A Streetcar Named Desire was set in the 50s, in the time when the Great Depression that the Americans were facing had just ended. Tennessee Williams, an American playwright finished the play in 1947 after the Second World War. Its premiere was held at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York and it was directed by Elie Kazan. Jessica Tandy played Blanche, Kim Hunter played Stella and Marlon Brando played Stanley. In 1948, one year later, Tennessee Williams received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Donaldson Prize and New York theater critics Prize so it became the first drama that won these three awards at once and his work became wildly popular and it is still so today. The internet site of New York Times (times topics) suggests that Tennessee Williams: “had a profound effect on the American theater and on American playwrights and actors. He wrote with deep sympathy and expansive humor about outcasts in our society. Though his images were often violent, he was a poet of the human heart.”[2] Činoherní klub`s webpage about A Streetcar Named Desire uses a quote (from a letter to an agent, Andrea Wood, August 27, 1947) which described Tennessee`s intention about the main characters and how he wanted them to be perceived by the audience: “I do not intend to focus blame or accusation on one particular character, but I want it to be a tragedy of misunderstanding and indifference toward others.”[3] The play is set in the city of New Orleans. It is a story of Blanche DuBois, a sensitive, fragile and neurotic woman, her sister Stella and as I would say a contrasting character Stanley, husband of Stella, who is of

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