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PCA puts on “A Streetcar Named Desire”

"Streetcar Named Desire." (Courtesy)

"Streetcar Named Desire." (Courtesy)

Prescott Center for the Arts is putting on Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” with showings beginning next week.

The play’s director, Jean Lippincott, said she loves the play and Williams, calling it her favorite one written by him.

“I taught for years and I used a lot of the scenes for this play in my teaching because it’s such good character development,” Lippincott said.

Plays by Williams aren’t easy to put on because they are very detailed and intricate in their scripts and he put a lot of directions in them other playwrights don’t, she said. For instance, he’ll actually say when he wants a character to pick up a glass and then say the exact moment they should drink, Lippincott said.

“A Streetcar Named Desire” is quite prop heavy as well, she said. The characters drink so much so there have to be three or four full bottles of “Jack Daniels” in order to keep putting them on stage, Lippincott said.

Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 7-9 and Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 14-16 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17. Tickets are $24 for adults, $17 for youth and $22 for seniors in select showings, available online at www.pca-az.net or at the door.

Prior to putting them on, every play has problems to solve and this one is no different, Lippincott said. For this one, she has a lot of actors who have never been on stage before, she said.

“They’re great and they’re doing great but they don’t know a lot of stuff and so I have to teach along with it,” Lippincott said. “It’s just been a challenge, but they’re responding greatly. Everything has gone well.”

As a whole, it’s a very iconic American play from an iconic American playwright and there seems to be a lot of interest because tickets have been selling pretty fast, she said. Anyone coming should have an enjoyable evening because while there is a lot of intensity in the show, there is also a lot of fun and laughs, Lippincott said, noting that she’s been laughing at things she previously didn’t, not realizing how funny they could be.

For more information about “A Streetcar Named Desire,” visit www.pca-az.net.

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