A streetcar named desire

On Saturday 23rd November, at 9 p.m., at the Teatro Nuovo Gian Carlo Menotti in Spoleto, Mariangela D’Abbraccio will star as Blanche Du Bois and Daniele Pecci as Stanley Kowalski, the two protagonists of Tennessee Williams’ masterpiece, A Streetcar Named Desire (in Italian: Un tram che si chiama desiderio).

Legend has it that it was on a tram, on which he wandered as a student, that the very young Tenessee Williams got the idea of a drama that revealed the dark side of the American dream. A three-act story that lifted the veil on the oppressive machine of family, the hypocritical soul of prejudices, the ferocious stupidity of moral fears. A beloved text, known throughout the world, a milestone of theater and cinema that still continues to be read and represented with interest and emotion.

The drama, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1947, puts America in the mirror for the first time on things like homosexuality, sex, mental distress, the family as an unrecommended place, masculineism, mistreated femininity and social hypocrisy. Over time it has become a vehicle for other sociological, ideological questions. The text is set in the New Orleans of the ’40s and tells the story of Blanche who moves in with her sister, after her family home has been seized. Her sister Stella is married to Stanley, a crude and vulgar man of Polish origin. Blanche is an alcoholic, widow of a homosexual husband, and she will try, failing, to rebuild a saving relationship with Mitch, Stanley’s friend. But the violent conflict between her and Stanley will lead her to madness, a condition already latent in her.

The direction of the show is entrusted to a great master of international fame: Pier Luigi Pizzi, founder with Giorgio De Lullo, Romolo Valli and Rossella Falk of the “Compagnia dei giovani”. A director, set designer and costume designer who has dedicated his immense talents of creativity and sensitivity to the service of theatrical performances of both prose and opera, with works that have marked the path and evolution of the history of theatre. Each of his shows bears the sign of exceptionality.
On stage: Angela Ciaburri, Stefano Scandaletti, Gabriele Anagni, Erika Puddu and Massimo Odierna.

You can book by phone, at the Botteghino Telefonico Regionale del Teatro Stabile dell’Umbria 075/57542222, every weekday, from 16 to 20. Tickets booked must be collected half an hour before the beginning of the show, otherwise they are put back on sale.

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