cartoon streetcarA Streetcar Named Desire is making a stop on the University Players stage, October 26 through November 4.

University Players production jazzes up a modern classic

University Players’ latest production, A Streetcar Named Desire, promises audiences a bold retelling of the well-known modern tragedy, underscored by a live jazz ensemble which plays throughout the show.

Playwright Tennessee Williams’ standout work is the tragic tale of Blanche Dubois and her descent into madness — driven there finally by her callous and cruel brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski.

Performances feature students from the BFA in Acting program under the direction of Kelly Daniels, a director, actor, and educator.

A Streetcar Named Desire is perhaps one of the most beautifully written plays I have ever had the privilege of working on,” she says. “It’s hard to believe that a play written 70 years ago resonates as fiercely now as it did then, and perhaps even more now in our current political climate of the post #metoo movement. I’m so proud of these courageous young actors.”

One of the highlights of the show will be a combo of music students on saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, and drums underscoring the production with the sultry sounds of New Orleans.

A Streetcar Named Desire opens Friday, October 26, and continues through November 4 in the Essex Hall Theatre. All performances from Wednesday to Saturday start at 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinee performances are at 2 p.m. On Sunday, October 28, a “talk back” discussion with the actors will follow the performance.

Tickets may be purchased at or by calling the box office at 519-253-3000, ext. 2808.