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A Streetcar Named Desire

An American masterpiece, Tennessee William’s A Streetcar Named Desire won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1947 and the film version received 12 Oscar nominations.

The play, a frank and unblinking depiction of sexuality and brutality, centers around the conflict between Blanche Dubois and her brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.  The Dubois family fortune has finally been frittered away.  Blanche, a Southern belle past her prime and addicted to alchohol, has no way of supporting herself; so, she comes to live with her sister Stella and brother-in-law in the two room Kowalski appartment.  Stella Kowalski describes Stanley as “a different species”.  Blanche describes him as “downright bestial”.  He will stop at nothing to get Blanche out of his apartment and out of his marriage.

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