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'Streetcar Named Desire' to be staged at Berlind

Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, and Wednesday through Friday, March 11-13, 2009, 8 p.m. Berlind Theatre

A student performance of Tennessee Williams' landmark play "A Streetcar Named Desire" is set for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, and Wednesday through Friday, March 11-13, at the Berlind Theatre.

The play is a senior thesis production by Shannon Lee Clair for the Program in Theater and Dance in the Lewis Center for the Arts.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning "Streetcar" centers on a culture clash between Blanche DuBois, a fading relic of the old South, and Stanley Kowalski, a rising member of the industrial, urban immigrant class. Clair stars as DuBois alongside senior Tyler Crosby as Kowalski. The production is directed by Tracy Bersley, a lecturer in theater and dance.

Clair said she chose "Streetcar" for a thesis project based on how she had been cast in campus productions in the past. "Being a fairly put-together, centered person, I often find myself cast in similar roles. But, while Blanche certainly lives on the principle of being put together, the tidal wave of life experience that crashes against her is so forceful that she is thrown far from her center," Clair said. "This part and my director, Tracy, push me out of all comfort zones I might ever try to live in as an actress."

Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens, and $15 for others. For tickets, call the McCarter Theatre Center box office at (609) 258-2787 or University Ticketing at (609) 258-9220.

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