Thursday, May 14, 2015

Pick of the Week - Streetcar Comes to Pittsburgh Tuesday

Tama Barry as Stanley and Sophie Martin as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire Photo Credit: Andrew Ross
    One of Tennessee Williams’ most powerful dramas is getting a dance adaptation that should prove as provocative and exciting as its theatrical prototype. On the Byham Theater stage, Stanley and Blanche and Stella will act out their emotional pyrotechnics that end with a  gut wrenching climax and  Blanche’s memorable, piteously ironic  statement that she has “always depended on the kindness of strangers.” It should prove a ride you'll never forget.
    Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, will present Scottish Ballet’s staging of A Streetcar Named Desire on Tuesday, May 19, at 8:00 p.m. at the Byham Theater, 101 6th Street, downtown Pittsburgh.
    Award-winning theater/film director Nancy Meckler and internationally-acclaimed choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa collaborate to create a powerful, iconic and heartbreaking tale of human frailty is set to a saucy, jazz inspired score and aptly dressed in striking vintage-styled costumes. The retelling of Streetcar is exemplary of Scottish Ballet’s niche for re-imagining classic stories with fresh relevance for contemporary audiences.  Their company’s presentation of Streetcar won the Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards for Best Classical Choreography by Ochoa in 2012.

Claire Robertson as Blanche with the Company.Credit: Andrew Ross
 “Thrillingly persuasive,” The Independent comments. “Not only does it crackle with Southern heat and sexual tension, but it's a model of storytelling. No need to have seen the play or the film: everything is here, from the big themes of masculine-feminine, earth and air, to the smallest detail.”
 The Scottish Ballet, Scotland’s national dance company, was founded by Peter Darrell and Elizabeth West originally as Western Theatre Ballet in Bristol in 1957. The Company was renamed Scottish Theatre Ballet in 1969 when
Adam Blyde as Mitch and Eve Mutso as Blanche  Credit: Andrew Ross

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Tickets ($19-$55) may be purchased online at, in person at the Box Office at Theater Square, or by calling 412-456-6666. Subscribe to the 2014-2015 Pittsburgh Dance Council season by calling 412-456-1390 or online at

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