Set in the French Quarter of New Orleans during the restless years following World War Two, A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE is the story of Blanche DuBois, a fragile and neurotic woman on a desperate prowl for someplace in the world to call her own. After being exiled from her hometown of Laurel, Mississippi for seducing a seventeen-year-old boy at the school where she taught English, Blanche explains her unexpected appearance on Stanley and Stella's (Blanche's sister) doorstep as nervous exhaustion. This, she claims, is the result of a series of financial calamities which have recently claimed the family plantation, Belle Reve. Suspicious, Stanley points out that "under Louisiana's Napoleonic code what belongs to the wife belongs to the husband." Stanley, a sinewy and brutish man, is as territorial as a panther. He tells Blanche he doesn't like to be swindled and demands to see the bill of sale. This encounter defines Stanley and Blanche's relationship. They are opposing camps and Stella is... Written by
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The original Broadway production of A Streetcar Named Desire opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on December 3, 1947 at ran for 855 performances. This production also opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on April 12, 1992 and ran for 137 performances. See more
But there are things that happen, between a man and a woman, in the dark, that sorta make everything else seem unimportant
What you are talking about is brutal desire. Just desire. The name of that rattletrap streetcar that bangs through the Quarter, up one old narrow street and down another.
Haven't you ever ridden that streetcar?
It brought me here, where I'm not wanted, and where I'm ashamed to be.