A Streetcar Named Desire Drives Abuse Awareness


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Fasten your seat belts for the Lost Flamingo Theatre Company’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire. It is an intense ride.

Written by Tennessee Williams in 1947, Streetcar follows troubled former schoolteacher Blanche DuBois, as she leaves small-town Mississippi and moves in with her sister, Stella Kowalski, and her husband, Stanley Kowalski, in New Orleans. Blanche’s flirtatious Southern-belle presence causes problems for Stella and Stanley, who already have a volatile relationship, leading to even greater conflict in the Kowalski household.

The Lost Flamingo Theatre Company is collaborating with My Sister’s Place, a grass roots effort to provide a safe respite for victims of interpersonal violence and their children. Initially, the shelter, the first of its kind in southeastern Ohio, was a succession of donated spaces operated entirely by volunteers. MSP provides not only emergency shelter, but outreach programming and batterer intervention services as well.

The production contains physical, sexual and emotional abuse; all issues My Sister’s Place helps women who have experienced them.

“(The show focuses on) a lot of different subjects from the 1940s that are, unfortunately, still relevant in today’s society,” says Samantha Pelham, who plays the lead role of Blanche. “It’s a classic tale that needs to be told (in order to raise awareness).”

Director Sara Defibaugh, a junior, wanted to take on a challenge when it came to choosing a production.

“This show has a strong message and covers issues such as domestic violence and rape,” Defibaugh says, while emphasizing how “real” the story and its characters are.

Streetcar will be playing tonight and Saturday, November 18 and 19, at 8 p.m. in Baker Center Theater. My Sister’s Place will collect monetary donations as well as various items in need stated in the following link: http://www.mspathens.org/how-to-give/current-needs.html.

“We’re excited to show the public what we’ve been working on for months,” says Pelham.

Admission: $3 at the door.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show begins at 8 p.m.

There will be one 15-minute intermission.